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Victor Quintanilla exhibition reopens today

Gibraltar Cultural Services is reopening the ‘Cosmos’ sculpture exhibition by Spanish artist Victor Quintanilla today, at the GEMA Gallery in Montagu Bastion.

The exhibition, which had a reduced launch event in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19, was organised in conjunction with the JM Memorial Foundation.

The exhibition has now reopened to the public as the Covid-19 lockdown slowly eases, but the number of visitors will be strictly controlled.

Mr Quintanilla has been working with metal since a very young age and creates sculptures from recycled material, focusing on different subjects and themes.

The artist said his exhibition carries a universal message as he is influenced by worldly themes and the current climate.

Topics like immigration, life and death, hope, music and dance are all featured with Spanish cultural icons like Don Quixote and Las Meninas taking centre stage.

The works are made out of soldered scrap metal using some recognisable household items such as forks and spoons, beaten and sanded by hand, transformed by Mr Quintanilla’s imagination and talent into creations which are innovative and breath-taking.

Mr Quintanilla hopes his artworks will inspire personal reflection and will make visitors think about the social themes that have also influenced him and are present in his work.

“This exhibition is certainly a very different offering, and most definitely a treat for all, highlighting Quintanilla’s skill in metal work and his contemporary vision,” GCS said in a statement.

“The timing has been unfortunate, affecting the Gallery’s ability to remain open, but we hope with things slowly returning to some kind of normality, you will now be able to make the most of this experience.”

The number of visitors at any one time will be strictly controlled and there will be hand sanitisers provided.

The exhibition in the GEMA Gallery will run from Tuesday, May 26 and opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am to 3pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am to 6pm.