Somerset House, in collaboration with A(by)P, will bring acclaimed Barcelona-born graffiti artist Sixe Parades’ ode to Peruvian and Andean aesthetics to its underground spaces in late May for his first major solo show in the UK.
Working on all senses – sight and sound as much as taste and touch – Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes will be an all-encompassing exhibition experience with free daily, interactive events on all aspects of Peruvian and Andean culture from food and film, to music and performance, hosted alongside large-scale artworks from tapestries to totems crafted by Sixe Paredes (formerly known as Sixeart).
Hidden underneath the neoclassical courtyard, the bowels of the building will become awash with vibrant and vivid colours, a spectacle set against the classic Portland stone work of Somerset House. Within this unique space for one week only, Sixe will be resident with an exhibition that represents the richness of the Peruvian and Andean art world and a lively line-up of events that capture the soul and spirit of contemporary Peruvian and Andean culture.
The exhibition will feature 25 large-scale works including tapestries, totem sculptures, ceramics and quipus (a system of knotted cords developed by the Incas to communicate and record important information, or otherwise known as ‘talking knots’) and some smaller-scale works such as masks and chichas (hand-drawn concert posters decorated with fluorescent inks), all created by Sixe. Produced exclusively for this project, it is the first time that the collection has been exhibited.
21 – 26 May 2014
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Somerset House, Great Arch Hall, Lightwells & Deadhouse, South Wing