Exhibit by José Maria Capricorne
Exhibit opens at 5:30 PM,
Documentary shows at 7:15 PM.
José Maria Capricorne was born in Curaçao in 1932. On the occasion of his 80th birthday last year, filmmakers Tanja Fraai and Mike Ho-Sam-Sooi made a documentary on the person that is locally regarded as one of the nestors of the visual arts in Curaçao.
The documentary was released at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (Curaçao IFFR) on April 7th. Six days afterwards a second showing took place at the opening of Capricorne’s new exhibit at Gallery Alma Blou in Landhuis Habaai.
Capricorne made the selection of paintings to be exhibited at Gallery Alma Blou. The painting ‘In front and behind the curtain’ is the first of a series called ‘Subi – Baha’ (Rise – Fall). In this series of 12 paintings Capricorne criticises the government and politics. Here he takes note of politicians making promises in front of the curtain, but allowing chaos to reign behind it. Of the series he sent only this one to be exhibited.
His paintings are still colorful and full of smiling figures. In some works his palette is darker and the hues stronger. A few are painted on a silk-screen print, like ‘The Philosopher’. Underneath the portrait the image and colors of the print are visible. The philospher’s head is surrounded by the typical symbols Capricorne uses like butterlies and fishes. The broad smile of the figure and the spiraling eyes makes the viewer wonder about this philosopher views.
The exhibit can be viewed till Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Opening hours Gallery Alma Blou on Saturday: 10 AM – Noon.