Framed by the same philosophy as Proyecto Cities, the Cities Art programme led by Ana Gorroño Arrizabalaga, Vice President of the Fundacion Metropoli, aspires to rediscover the role of art as a motor for creativity and innovation in the design of the human habitat. Cities Art believes in the great possibilities which the fusion of architecture, urbanism, landscape, painting, sculpture and new technologies offer in helping to design the future of cities and regions.
One of the objectives of Cities Art is to promote artists committed to humanist and multidisciplinary training who defy artistic classification. In a society where the processes of globalisation are ever present, it is fundamental to recover the protagonism of an innovative and integral art as the basis for facing the challenges of the 21st century.
The following artists have been cooperating closely with the Fundación Metrópoli: Fernando Pagola, Raquel Montilla Higgins, Iñaki Bergera, Carles Valverde, Fermín Ramírez de Arellano, Jesús Soler and Gonzalo Páramo.
“For me there is no doubt that art and poetry, not modern but the eternal, reach their pinnacle when they are able to become “magically” at times, most unthinkably entwined in their paths. With this command over space and matter they compose all and show us the authentic sense of nature.” Fernando Pagola
Raquel Montilla Higgins
“My work is sensuous and delicate, subject to the destruction of time. It is also about a caress, about holding, keeping and embracing. I want to capture that moment of a feeling before it disappears.” Raquel Montilla Higgins
“Bergera’s photographs reflect a world that acknowledges the existence of cultural difference while at the same time negating the incommensurability and insularity of such differences. Difference is recognised but rendered relative, contextual and global at the same time.” Sibel Bozdogan, GSD of Harvard University and Bilgi University (Istanbul)
"Creating by using geometry is a pretext to feel the materials, and use freedom as a stylistic concept to avoid rhetoric and give the work all the strength and poetry of the inexplicable. This catalysing effect is what interests me in my vocation. To place oneself before a space and begin to shape it is like posing a problem in a game of chess and inventing new rules to solve it. To modulate, participate, build and leave traces is perhaps one of the functions of art.”
Fermín Ramírez de Arellano
“Just as an old artisan repeats a piece tirelessly in search of its perfection, I have searched, and continue to search, for ways to express what I have inside me through landscapes and architectures.” Fermín Ramírez de Arellano
“With his dramatic, vigorous works, Jesús Soler urges us to join together and build a more humane world, and to keep up our hopes of achieving peace and life." Pablo Guayasamín, President of Fundación Guayasamín
“Now that the fallacious dichotomies between scientific and humanistic thinking which had much influence during the 1950s and 1960s are outdated, the interrelation of all knowledge, albeit without really understanding the complexity of this network, is more obvious. In his search for, and without a doubt, discoveries at times, Gonzalo Páramo, makes visible for us that immense reality, that complex interaction between the innate and the acquired and the influence of scientific revolutions on artistic movements.” Simón Puerta García, Manager Director of Luxemburgo Art Tatum