Cristina Iglesias

Palacio de Velázquez

Madrid’s Palacio de Velázquez, a former palace located in the center of a park, was an appropriate site for Cristina Iglesias’ traveling retrospective, given her predilection for playing games with interior versus exterior spaces. The show’s centerpiece, for example, was Untitled (Hanging titled ceiling), 1997, an enormous sculpture that was suspended from the ceiling in the museum’s main gallery, dramatically reconfiguring the space. One felt a powerful urge to reach up and try to touch this hanging platform in an effort to determine how it was made. Closer examination revealed a surface formed of iron, resin, and powdered stone, modeled to suggest a stretch of earth covered with mushrooms and foliage, although it also resembled an ocean floor with shells, fossils, and coral.

Untitled (Eucalyptus Leaves Room), 1994–96, and Untitled (Bamboo Forest Room), 1995–97, aluminum pieces that appeared

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