IBIZA.- La Nave Salinas was conceived as a warehouse to store the salt harvested from the sea in nearby salt ﬁelds. Built in 1941 as part of a jobs program during the post-civil war crisis in Spain, art collector and patron Lio Malca revived the 700 sq meter structure in 2015, opening with a successful exhibition by New York-based artist KAWS, featuring a 21 feet tall sculpture which drew over 5,000 visitors. Today, La Nave Salinas is an exhibition space with cutting-edge programming open to the public during the summer season.
The purpose and philosophy of La Nave Salinas is to bring art closer to the public and share with the island and its visitors, Lio Malca’s collections among others. For the summer of 2017, La Nave will showcase an extraordinary exhibition by Keith Haring that reunites a group of iconic art-works such as The Pop Shop Tokyo (1988), found and acquired by Lio Malca in Amsterdam in 2004.
Since embarking in the New York art world in the early 1990ʼs, Lio Malca is a top collector of contemporary art that believes art should be accessible to everyone. Specializing in Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, he is a key lender and advisor in exhibitions showcasing their work around the world. To this day, estates, museums and auction houses seek out his opinion on the value, authenticity and provenance of Basquiat and Haring artwork. In the last decade, Lio Malca has created an art collection that comprises a wide range of contemporary creators that, beside Basquiat and Haring, includes: Brody Condon, Hung Chi Peng, Quayola, Mark Ryden, Holton Rower, Zilvinas Kempinas, Royal Art Lodge Group, Andy Warhol, KAWS and Kenny Scharf, among other artists. Lio Malca owns a gallery located in Chelsea, Ney York City, and is also the owner of Casa Malca, a private luxury hotel in Tulum (Mexico) that features artworks from his private collection.
Kicking off La Nave’s cultural program with KAWS (2015) and followed by Marco Brambilla (2016) with both massive installations, La Nave Salinas presents its third summer exhibition starring Keith Haring, an artist who -like Lio Malca- considered that art should be accessible to everyone; a philosophy developed early on in his career with his iconic subway drawings in New York to his large outdoor sculptures and murals around the world until his death in 1990.
Keith Haring (Pennsylvania, 1958) developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and the popular culture around him, such as Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss. Haring moved to New York City in 1978 where he enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). As a student, he experimented with performance, video, installation and collage, while always maintaining a strong commitment to drawing. In 1980, he then started to use the city as his own canvas. He first started off using chalk to create his drawings in the NYC subway stations and soon became increasingly displayed from public murals and nightclubs to galleries and museums around the world. Deceased at only 31 years of age, Haring's art, with its deceptively simple style and its deeper themes of love, death, war and social harmony, continues to appeal strongly to viewers over generations.
After a great collective effort, these works will arrive in Ibiza to once again transform La Nave into a dynamic space, with the intention of allowing the islands and their visitors to be part of Keith Haring's world. The exceptional show will be held between July 1 and September 30: Untitled (DV8), Channel Surf Club - Knokke, Untitled (Headstand) and Pop Shop Tokyo are the works that show the exhibition "Summer 2017" of La Nave Salinas By Keith Haring.
Pop Shop Tokyo, 1988: The idea of the Pop Shop Tokyo was born after the success of the Pop Shop in New York that opened in 1986. The Pop Shop in New York became a key place in his artistic practice - in this space, and in line with the philosophy of pop art, his art was accessible to all, he sold t-shirts and novel articles with the images of his works and those of other contemporary artists like Kenny Scharf and Jean Michel Basquiat - in late 1987 Keith Haring traveled to Japan and acquired two 40-foot containers that would become the infrastructure of one of its larger scale projects. He painted and furnished the interiors with hand-painted wooden panels, creating an immersive experience in his line of aesthetic work. In January 1988, the Pop Shop Tokyo opened its doors in the capital of Japan with the intention of continuing the spirit of the Pop Shop New York store with sharing its philosophy of art for all. Without knowing their whereabouts and after a long search, they became part of the collection Lio Malca in 2004.
Untitled (DV8), 1986: This is a five-panel mural that was originally commissioned by Dr. Winkie, a friend of the artist, and owner of the iconic DV8 Club in San Francisco. Numerous charity, cultural and social events were held in space until the club closed in 1997, becoming an icon of the 'Bay Area' movement that defined the nightlife of California at the time.
Channel Surf Club, Knokke, 1987: On July 6, 1987, Keith Haring painted a mural on the outside of a large container he discovered on the beach in Knokke, Belgium, used to store surfboards and equipment on Channel Surf Club. Haring painted the entire front with black and red paint in a single day. The mural became a symbol of the 'surfer culture'.
Untitled (Headstand), 1988: Music, dance, fashion and art experienced a boom in the energy and innovation environment of the 1980s. In particular, the dance act turned those images of people dancing to Haring into Choreographed breakdancing routines, which were reflected in his unique sculptural pieces. Between 1985 and 1989, Haring created 13 monumental sculptures, which were exhibited on Park Avenue between 53 and 74, in Manhattan, New York, ten years later, from June 16 to October 10, 1997. Untitled (Headstand) was one of the sculptures of this exhibition, truly representing the form of 'breakdancing'.
«I have visited Ibiza very frequently during the last decade and a question that I’ve constantly asked myself was how could I show my gratitude to the island that has given me so much. After 10 years, I visited La Nave and it was an instant reaction. I realized La Nave was the place to share my biggest passion with the island and try to make the collection accessible to the public. My vision is in progress: to continue transforming the space with exhibitions that become not only a tribute to the works in display, but also a tribute to the islands of Ibiza, Formentera and its visitors » -Lio Malca.