"On one hand, a desire for order, on the other, a desire for destruction in search of another order"
Pablo Serrano

Biography

Pablo Serrano studied at the Escuela Profesionales Salesianas in Sarrià, Barcelona. In 1935 he settled in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he had the chance to meet Joaquín Torres García and Lucio Fontana. In 1955 he became a member of the Spanish artistic avant-garde. As evidence of this, in that same year, he won the III Hispano-American Art Biennial based in Barcelona. In 1957 his first solo exhibition was held at the Athenaeum of Madrid. Together with Juana Francés and artists such as Manolo Millares and Antonio Saura he collaborated with El Paso Group.  In 1958 he exhibited in the Eduard Loeb Gallery in Paris and was invited to take part in the Art du XXI Siècle in Charleroi, Belgium. He worked at the open Sculpture Museum of Alcala de Henares.

Serrano’s abstract introspection reached its zenith with the series "Rhythms in Space", dynamic compositions constructed from stainless steel rods. In 1959, while taking part in one of Pierre Schaeffer’s experimental music projects, Serrano presented his working models for these series, as well as the first burning of an object entitled “Dis-occupation of Space” or “Presence of Absence” in the Galleria del Disegno, Milan, Italy.

In 1960, his firmly established reputation led him to be selected to take part in the "New Spanish Painting" and "Sculpture exhibition" first at the MOMA, New York and then in Washington, Chicago and New Hampshire. 
Pablo Serrano was invited in 1961 to The Pittsburgh International at the Carnegie Institute, United States, and to the II Exposition Internationale de Sculpture Contemporaine at the Rodin Museum, Paris. He received the González Critics Prize at the May Salon in Barcelona.

He entered 23 pieces for the XXXI Venice Biennale in 1962. At the same time, in keeping with the aesthetic and philosophical line he had started at the beginning of the decade, he produced "Men with Door", a logical continuation of his earlier "Men-Vault". In this new period, the character of Serrano’s work became even more dichotomic. He participated in an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. 
In 1976, the series Yoke-Unit paved the way for the numerous sculptural projects such as the piece entitled "Spiritu Mundi, Open Yoke-Unit" sculpted for the University of Houston, Texas. In 1982 he received the inaugural Príncipe de Asturias for Art award. Later he exhibited in the Hermitage Museum, in Saint Petersburg. In 1985, Serrano exhibited pieces from these last series at the Juana Mordo Gallery in Madrid, as well as their original plaster versions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. He died on 26 November 1985, at the age of seventy seven. On 27 May 1994, the Foundation-Museum Pablo Serrano was opened in Saragozza.

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