Preservation and difussion of the work by the Valencian artist José Iranzo Almonacid ‘Anzo’ (Utiel, 1931-Valencia, 2006) is the reason for the fruitful collaboration between Universitat de València, Generalitat Valenciana and Fundación Anzo. This cooperation will allow the restoration of ten of the artist’s paintings. Anzo’s family will donate the academic institution one work to be included in the collection Martínez Guerricabeitia.
This project is brought to life thanks to the cooperation agreement signed between Universitat de València -through Trust Martínez Guerricabeitia- and Generalitat Valenciana –through its Instituto Valenciano de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales (Valencian Institute for the Restoration and Preservation of Cultural Goods, IVC+R).
On a first phase, ten works from the pop-art stage will be restored at the contemporary painting workshop in Penyeta Roja (Castelló). The works have been received by the Valencian Government’s Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Lola Johnson, the director of IVC+R, Carmen Pérez, the Vice-Principal for Culture at UV, Antonio Ariño, and the artist’s daughter, Amparo Iranzo.
Universitat de València will take on the cost of the restoration, and in turn, Fundación Anzo will donate one of the works of the artist to the collection Martínez Guerricabeitia.
The Vice-Principal for Culture, Antonio Ariño, stressed that importance of the cooperation among the three institutions and that ‘Anzo’s works are alike those of Martínez Guerricabeitia’s collection’.
Minister Lola Johnson pointed out that ‘IVC+R is taking care, preserving, and spreading the Valencian cultural goods by the restoration of Anzo’s paintings’. ‘We are talking about recovery of the work of pioneer Valencian artist in social art and pop-art in Spain’. She added that IVC+R will support the restoration of the Ecce Homo de Borja (Zaragoza) by the Valencian artist Elías García.
In September 2011, the IVC+R signed a collaboration agreement with the Trust Martínez Guerricabeitia aiming to restore works from its collections.
The Trust goal is spreading of the creative activities in the field of contemporary plastic arts and increasing Universitat de València’s artistic holdings. The Trust signed a cooperation agreement with Fundación Anzo, created in 2012 thanks to the artist’s daughter Amparo Iranzo, in order to organize an exhibition of his works. The Trust asked for the IVC+R’s cooperation for the restoration of some of the paintings which are damaged.
The works to be restored are the following:1. Estampa Popular, Els altres 75 anys de pintura valenciana, 1976; oil on canvaso; 114 x 80 cm.
2. Anzo, Vida con muñeca, 1965; oil on board; 146 x 114 cm.
3. Anzo, También a ellos les gusta tricotar, 1965; oil on board; 146 x 114 cm.
4. Anzo, El Beso, 1965; oil on board; 114 x 146 cm.
5. Anzo, El Santo, 1966; oil on canvas; 190 x 45 cm.
6. Anzo, Señoret comprem este ramillet, 1965; oil on board; 114 x 146 cm.
7. Anzo, Aislamiento 44, 1968; o; 87 x 67 cm.
8. Anzo, Aislamiento 77, 1971; board and methacrylate; 100 x 100 cm.
9. Anzo, Aislamiento 30, 1968; 96 x 91 cm.
10. Anzo, Aislamiento 86, 1971; acero o aluminio y metacrilato; 87 x 86 cm.
José Iranzo Almonacid ‘Anzo’
Anzo was one of the founder os the Valencian group called Estampa Popular, which was the precursor of Equipo Crónica. The group was characteristic by its critical eye and avant-garde art towards the social transformations. They tried to bring art to the social reality and popular language. Nowadays, Anzo’s works are exhibited at 40 museums over the world.
His artistic prime took place during the 60s. His works moved to features which made him one of the precursos of pop-art in Spain. His series Aislamientos, which represent the modern human being isolated and trapped in a technological world, was created at that time.
Last update: 3 de september de 2012 13:00.News release