CARLES SANTOS
Passion for Minimalism

The exhibition presents the remarkable multidisciplinary art of the Spaniard Carles Santos—a comprehensive artist who moves between rebelliousness and social criticism, and whose trajectory is filled with creative, aesthetic and ideological baselines. The Cervantes Institute is the organiser, in cooperation with the Caixa Castelló Foundation, Caixa Vinaròs, Diputació de Castelló and the Jaume I University in Castellón.

Video screenings, photographs and posters present Santos’ work in the field of performing arts and are an expression of his infinite imagination.
The public also has the opportunity to see works dedicated to Carles Santos by great figures in art. Antoni Tàpies designed the sleeve for a Santos record, while Josep Guinovart pays tribute to him with a series of engravings.

Carles Santos (1940–2017, Vinaròs) was a classical musician by education, who left a significant legacy of recordings as a result of his activities as a screenwriter and composer of film music. His work in the fields of theatre, poetry, design, graphics and other disciplines through which he expressed his creativity should also be added. His creative career ranged from actionism and performance art to musical shows and the opera. His work is distinguished for its open nonconformism and breaking away from established academic language, aiming thus to bring to light the problems of his time.

Santos composed the music for the ceremonies at the opening and closing of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 and the opening of the Valencia Biennale of Arts in 2001. He received the National Music Award of Spain in 2008, as well as numerous other honours.