Val del Omar
Nacho Martín Silva
Max Estrella opened its doors in 1994. The foundational vision was to present both a new generation of emerging and consolidated artists from Spain and abroad. A coherent roster represents our purpose of breaking new ground in contemporary art, whether it is video, painting, photography, sculpture and installation, with a special focus on new technologies.
María La Ribot’s 'Take a seat,' hosted in 2018 is one of Max Estrellas’ milestone exhibitions. She was just awarded with the 2020 Venice Biennale’s dance golden Lion, and is Spain’s most important art performer. Also Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s show titled 'Optical Flow' in 2019 is very significant. The exhibition was concurrent with Arco Madrid Art Fair and since Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most important digital artists in the world, no international VIP visitor missed it. In spite of the Covid crisis, we had two very important shows in 2020. Titled 'Proust’s Madeleine: Everyday Anthropocentrism,' we opened a group show in February with world-renowned artists such as Eduardo Basualdo, Hans Op de Beeck, or Erwin Wurm. Then in September, we showed Eugenio Ampudia’s photographs and art video from his concert for plants at the Opera house in Barcelona. This action had a massive worldwide impact with media coverage from 180 countries.
It’s also worth mentioning that Max Estrella represents the José Val del Omar Artist Estate. Considered one of the founding fathers of new media art, Val del Omar is part of the Reina Sofía Museum collection, where his work is permanently on show.