In a real coup for the Museum of Modern Art Wales, the internationally acclaimed Basque sculptor, Juan Gorriti, will exhibit a number of pieces later this year in the splendid new Tannery development at MOMA. Gorriti, who has pieces on permanent display in Madrid, Paris, Dresden etc, and whose work draws on the rugged landscape and country values of his native land, was clearly delighted with the three rooms that will house his display, together with a large outdoor space near the Tabernacle for one tall construction. I had the pleasure of acting as a liaison for Juan and his wife Charo during their visit to Machynlleth in the first week of March and we all now eagerly look forward to the exhibition and the safe arrival of large items from his village in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Currently at MOMA, incidentally, is the stunningly ambitious show, 'Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape', which includes work by many artists from Richard Wilson, through Turner, to Sutherland and the likes of Ernest Zobole and David Tress, all of whom were moved by the Welsh scene.
As a footnote I am pleased to add that I have been invited to give a poetry reading, while showing linked paintings, at the same venue later this year.