Inauguration of the Espai Roqué

November 15th, 2019 ICFO will be home to a sculptural installation project conceived by renowned Catalan sculptor in collaboration with ICFO

Representatives of the world of culture, friends and family of the late artist Agustí Roqué will gather at ICFO for the inauguration of a permanent exhibit space which will display nine models of sculptures conceived by the artists during an almost two-year period of memorable collaboration with the institute.

Agustí Roqué, born in Barcelona in 1942, is an internationally renowned representative of the Catalan iron sculpture tradition. He carried out major projects and works of public sculpture in Europe and the United States, with numerous exhibits in prestigious galleries and museums around the world. Demonstrating an inclination to evolve and explore throughout his career, Roqué came to ICFO in 2014 in search of scientific context for an exhibition about a phenomenon that had become increasingly present in his studies and to which he wanted to pay particular tribute: Light.

ICFO engaged enthusiastically in the project, proposing scientific concepts that provided metaphorical inspiration for the artist’s creativity. Through intense dialogues with Dr. Marta García-Matos and ICFO’s director, Lluis Torner, Roqué delved into the science and essence of light, space, and the universe, using these new insights to inspire the materials and forms of the sculptural project entitled “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.

The final works in large format, reflecting the ideas inspired by light, were intended for exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale, but were not yet complete at the time of the artists’ unexpected death in February 2017. The models of the nine sculptures created in this project will be on permanent display in ICFO’s facilities in Castelldefels, paying homage to the artist’s memory and his work.