Marta del Corral in front of some of the pieces in the exhibition. / ÑITO SALAS

Art for Change at the gardens

The objective of the art in the exhibition is to make people reflect on the sustainability of the planet

ANTONIO JAVIER LÓPEZ

The Sala de Exposiciones at the Jardín Botánico La Concepción is the venue for an exhibition that aims to make the viewer reflect on the sustainability of the planet by providing a complete overview of visual arts from Malaga in the second decade of the 21st century.

From illustrious veterans such as Enrique Brinkmann, Francisco Peinado and Teté Vargas Machuca to new, young talents like Imon Boy, Isabel Rosado and Lola Guerrera and with the 80s generation which includes Chema Lumbreras, Isabel Garnelo and José Ganfornina and their heirs José Medina Galeote, Noelia García Bandera and David Escalona, Art for Change accounts for the artistic biodiversity of Malaga.

Figuration, abstraction, irony and subtlety whether pop art, pictorial or photographic the exhibition is put together harmoniously by curator Marta del Corral. "I wanted to show the diversity of art made in Malaga, so that each artist keeps his own language and his work would be identifiable," says the curator about the exhibition that can be visited until January 2022.

The idea came to Corral when she came across the L'Histoire Naturelle, by Georges Louis Leclerc, Count of Buffon, in the mid-eighteenth century. She scanned the picture plates and printed them off before allowing the artists to choose one. The result is an imposing collection of animals that ultimately offers the distilled essence of contemporary art in Malaga over the last half-century.

At the end of the exhibition these artworks will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to Protectora de Animales y Plantas de Málaga, la Fundación Santuario Gaia and the Instituto Jean Goodall.

There will be activities running parallel with the exhibition such as tree planting and collecting rubbish from the countryside and beaches of Malaga.