Press release Barcelona, June 2020
THE ARTIST EUGENIO AMPUDIA INAUGURATES ACTIVITY AT THE LICEU WITH A CONCERT FOR AN UNUSUAL AUDIENCE: 2,292 PLANTS
On 22 June at 5:00 p.m., “Concierto para el bioceno” will be streamed live on the Liceu’s website. A string quartet will perform Puccini’s “Crisantemi” for an audience consisting of 2,292 plants from local nurseries.
The plants will subsequently be delivered to 2,292 healthcare professionals, specifically at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, accompanied by a certificate from the artist.
The concert is an initiative of the Liceu and the artist, together with the Max Estrella Gallery and the curator Blanca De La Torre.
This action is a continuation of the dialogue between the Teatre and the visual arts that Víctor Garcia de Gomar wants to develop within his artistic project, and the prelude to the 2020/21 season, which is full of synergies and encounters between artistic disciplines.
On the first day after the state of alarm instituted due to the pandemic ends, the Gran Teatre del Liceu reopens its doors, but it does so for an unusual audience. Conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia is preparing an original, unique and different concert, in which the 2,292 seats of the auditorium will be occupied on this occasion by plants. It will be on 22 June at 5:00 p.m., broadcast live online, when the UceLi Quartet string quartet performs Puccini’s “Crisantemi” for this verdant public, brought in from local nurseries.
After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director and the curator Blanca de la Torre offer us a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature. After the concert, the plants will be donated with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 people who have been on the healthcare frontlines, the toughest front in a battle unprecedented for our generations, in recognition of their work. As a part of the artistic action, during the concert Eugenio Ampudia will produce pictures and a video of the performance. Both will be part of the sponsors collections: Fundació “la Caixa”, DKV Seguros, Airpharm Logistics, Fundació Lluís Coromina and Cuatrecasas.
The Liceu, one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, thus welcomes and leads a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity. This dialogue between the Teatre and the visual arts gives continuity to the artistic Liceu de les Arts project being implemented by Víctor Garcia de Gomar and will also be the prelude to the 2020/21 season, full of synergies and encounters between artistic disciplines.