The Vitrine in the Long Bar
18 May until 30 June
A cosmopolitan artist rediscovered
Estella Campavias (1918-1990) is one of the most exciting sculptors of our time. Of Scottish and Spanish extraction, she travelled and lived in many countries finally settling in England. Several works are in private collections and museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She exhibited widely during her life though some work on display at Glyndebourne has not been exhibited before.
Campavias first created ceramics, before - in the early Seventies - discovering sculpture. She plunges us into her world of form and figure, continuously presenting new interpretations. Her moving figures touch us deeply. The sensuous, flowing lines of her figures tantalizingly hover between abstract und figurative.
These uncluttered works call to mind the sculptures of Auguste Rodin, reminding us of man’s psychological complexity and volatility. It is time to rediscover this important sculptor.