Marcel Dzama’s world is rooted in the history of traditional illustration, with visual references which refer us to the classics from the decades of the 20’s and 30’s of the last century. He has produced a project specifically for this exhibition, the first for the Galería Helga de Alvear, in which he has given vent to Spanish motives. Almost as in a circus parade in which we see Don Quixote, bulls and bullfighters, flamenco dancers and a new character in his world; perverse, dressed in polka dots, and sexually ambiguous, these figures along with details borrowed from Goya’s drawings and quotes from Federico García Lorca.

An Arrow With No Target (detalle)

Marcel Dzama, An Arrow With No Target (detalle), 2009. Tinta y acuarela sobre papel

Delila’s Dance

Marcel Dzama, Delila’s Dance, 2010. Vista de la instalación. Cortesía del Artista y Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid. Foto: Joaquín Cortés

Dialogues With Prophets

Marcel Dzama, Dialogues With Prophets, 2009. Tinta y acuarela sobre papel. 67 x 97 cm

Delila’s Dance

Marcel Dzama, Delila’s Dance, 2010. Vista de la instalación. Cortesía del Artista y Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid. Foto: Joaquín Cortés

An Arrow With No Target

Marcel Dzama, An Arrow With No Target, 2009. Tinta y acuarela sobre papel. 107 x 156 cm

Delila’s Dance

Marcel Dzama, Delila’s Dance, 2010. Vista de la instalación. Cortesía del Artista y Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid. Foto: Joaquín Cortés

Delila’s Dance

Marcel Dzama, Delila’s Dance, 2009. Tinta y acuarela sobre papel. 68 x 194 cm

Delila’s Dance

Marcel Dzama, Delila’s Dance, 2010. Vista de la instalación. Cortesía del Artista y Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid. Foto: Joaquín Cortés

The Possibilities of the Rider’s Song

Marcel Dzama, The Possibilities of the Rider’s Song, 2009. Tinta y acuarela sobre papel. 68 x 194 cm

Un Lustful Vals

Marcel Dzama, Un Lustful Vals, 2009. Tinta y acuarela sobre papel. 46 x 39 cm

Delila’s Dance

Marcel Dzama, Delila’s Dance, 2010. Vista de la instalación. Cortesía del Artista y Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid. Foto: Joaquín Cortés