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León Ferrari. Dad (from the series Electronicartes), 2002- Ink on one-dollar bill.

The Kind Cruelty. León Ferrari, 100 Years


The Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid presents an interpretation of the art of León Ferrari. His work always involved a political and social commitment, seeking to draw the interest of the general public and spark their political imagination.

León Ferrari defined his technique as “ecological art”. He meant that written visual art is made only with words, the easiest resource to renew, and which can also go through walls to spark the viewer’s imagination. Ferrari experimented with the ability to inspire emotion, to create conflicts in the act of looking, and to push the viewer to take a side in those conflicts.

The title of the exhibition is also the title of a book of poems and collages by León Ferrari, published in 2000, in which he warned of “a cruelty so closely entwined with kindness that it conceals it.”

The Kind Cruelty. León Ferrari, 100 Years

Reina Sofía National Art Centre

Calle Santa Isabel 52

28012  Madrid  (Madrid Region) Tel.:+34 917741000 Website: //