Monthly Archives: November 2009

Casa Àsia: More to Love


Casa Àsia: More to Love

This exhibition is the contribution of Casa Asia to the World AIDS Day, together with the ArtAids Foundation, which has been the great promoter of this exhibition programme in the city. The works that have been brought together to document the reflection on AIDS from the field of visual arts have been produced by the Dutch collector Han Nefkens, settled in Barcelona.

Amrit Chusuwan, Arin Rungjang, Erich Weiss, Gerald Van Der Kaap, Kamol Phaosavasdi, Krit Ngamsom, Leo Copers, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nipan Oranniwesna, Noree Thammarak, Nuts Society/Practical Studio, Otto Berchem, Patiroop Chychookiat, Pornprasert Yamazaki, Pratchaya Phinthong, Prateep Suthathongthai, Sutee Kunavichayanont, Tintin Cooper, Toeingam Guptabutra and Top Changtrakul respectively present their projects thinking about AIDS to challenge the stigma of the illness and to promote its eradication.

Opening: December 1, 2009

Casa Àsia
Av. Diagonal, 373
Barcelona 08008


sketchbook ish.01

inside the artist’s mind.



A few months ago I moved into a new apartment in my old neighborhood. For the most part things hadn’t changed much over the past 2 years. The most obvious change being the new building on 1e Constantijn Huygenstraat, that replaced the one previously occupied by Smart Projects.

Architecturally, I find the building unimpressive. Red brick, glass, yada, yada, yada. Other than those bold strokes, I never paid much attention to it. I’m usually more concerned with navigating safely through the maze of cyclists, cars, and pedestrians on the poorly designed bike path. I suppose this is why it took me so long to notice that there was something hanging off the roof of the building.

At first I thought it was scaffolding, but then I realized it couldn’t be. Ladders? No. Actually, yes.

But why so many? And why is there one hanging off the building?

Wait, what’s that at the top of the ladder? Ah. That’s it. Art. Public art.

Oh dear.

Initially thinking that it was the work of an anonymous sculpture having a bad day, I discovered, thanks to a plaque on the street, that the artist was anything but anonymous. Here is the text, as it appears:

The sculpture How to meet an Angel deals about hope, support, and the gradual process towards recovery. The figure stands on the highest rung of the ladder, with baggage on his back and arms wide open, looking towards the sky. Ready to leave the clinic, embrace the city and possibly meet a guardian angel.

How to Meet an Angel is charitably designed by the renowned Russian-American artists Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, at the request of Mentrum and developed by SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space), and has been made financially possible by SKOR, Stadsdeel Oud-West and the Amsterdams Fond voor Kunst. The work of art is specially created for this building: a clinic for psychiatric clients and people with serious psychological problems.

There’s just something about that last sentence. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me.