Unbelievable concert with an unusual audience: 2292 plants!!

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Plants Concert

On the first day after the state of alarm instituted due to the pandemic ends, Liceu Opera Barcelona reopened its doors, but it did so for an unusual audience. Conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia prepared an original, unique and different concert, in which the 2,292 seats of the auditorium were occupied by plants. UceLi Quartet string quartet performed Puccini’s “Crisantemi” for this verdant public and the performance was broadcasted live online. (Watch it again here!)

 

After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director and the curator Blanca de la Torre offerred us a different perspective for the return to activity, a perspective that brought us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature. After the concert, the plants were donated with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 people who have been on the healthcare frontlines, the toughest front in a battle unprecedented for our generations, in recognition of their work. As a part of the artistic action, during the concert Eugenio Ampudia produced pictures and a video of the performance. Both will be part of the Contemporary Art Collection of “la Caixa”.

The concert was an initiative from the Liceu, the artist and Max Estrella gallery. The Project is posible thanks to the sponsors of la Fundació “la Caixa”, DKV Seguros, Airpharm Logistics, Fundació Lluís Coromina and Cuatrecasas.

The Liceu, one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, thus welcomed and lead a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to its return to activity.  This dialogue between the Teatre and the visual arts gives continuity to the artistic Liceu de les Arts project being implemented by Víctor Garcia de Gomar and will also be the prelude to the 2020/21 season, full of synergies and encounters between artistic disciplines.