More monumental sculpture at the Hermitage
Enrique Martínez Celaya's towering bronze work explores the plight of children exiled from
By Anny Shaw. Web only
Published online: 08 July 2012
A monumental bronze sculpture by the Miami-based artist Enrique Martínez Celaya is due to be unveiled in the courtyard of the
Museum in on 10 July (until 31 November).
The St Petersburg , 2012, which depicts a boy on
crutches carrying a house on his back, is the latest large-scale sculpture to
be installed in the Russian museum's courtyard following, among others, Louise
Bourgeois's Maman in 2001 and three reclining figures by Henry Moore in 2011. Tower of Snow
According to Martínez Celaya, who left his native Cuba as a child, the work is about his own experience of exile, but also about Operation Peter Pan, when more than 14,000 Cuban children were sent to the US between 1960 and 1962 by parents who feared the Cuban government would take away their right to decide how their children should be educated. “It's about the anguish of those children,” Martínez Celaya says. “I wanted to memorialise that event.” A smaller version of The Tower of Snow is due to be installed at the
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Martínez Celaya's first ever video work, The Master (edition of five, priced at $45,000 each), 2011, was bought by the Hermitage during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2011. The work, in which the artist acts out Beethoven's death, is due to go on show at the museum this autumn.