As well as size, weight, proportion are fundamental aspects of the sculptural piece, as well the prestige It is the basic engine of any museum that boasts. The sculpture center of Candás, Museo Antón, in the municipality of Carreño, is a very well-proportioned museum with enough prestige to attract contemporary works of significant weight and artistic size.
It is located in a big house eighteenth century, surrounded by a large garden where we can take a rewarding walk among sculptures of all conditions. We approach a strange troll, almost an ogre, shaggy, who with great self-confidence holds one of the Candasian symbols: the sardine. We are startled by a huge face lying on the ground, a monumental face like those of Easter Island. And if we look at the sea, between us and the horizon, an abstract, cubic figure of geometric calm rises. Everything in this garden has a meaning, a name and a surname, a sculptor to discover.
But neither should we be obsessed by canons, for although in all ages the theory and practice of proportions have greatly interested, legitimate transgressions have also been allowed to overcome theories and practices. The Anton Museum is a showcase of currents. The center is dedicated to the figure of the sculptor Antonio Rodríguez García «Antón» (1911-1937), a self-taught artist who died young and left an important footprint as an artist throughout the Principality with works such as "Arrapiezo asleep", "Rapacina" or "La Marinera". The heirs of the sculptor donated not only sculptures but also paintings, drawings, work tools and all kinds of documents to illustrate his short but intense career. Most of the surface of the first floor, a very bright and bright room, is intended for the permanent exhibition of Antón's work. The temporary exhibitions round off the attraction of this center, with contemporary art exhibitions in which leading artists of the national panorama have already participated. The Museum also constantly worries about increasing its national prestige, with fondos, both in artistic and documentary pieces, of a more than remarkable value. Paintings, photographs, engravings, sculptures from donations, deposits and purchases. He has been creating a collection of great interest, which today allows him to boast of contemporary art center.
Since its inauguration, at the end of the 80 years, the Antón Museum has presented 56 exhibitions, many of them of own production. It also has a specialized library and a documentation center about Asturian artists. He has edited in these years 16 publications of diverse content. In its eagerness to be a center-motor of art in Asturias, it annually announces two scholarships, called «Antón Scholarships», with the intention of supporting, stimulating and encourage creation and research around sculpture.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
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