10 May 2019
May 10, 2019

SOLO presents the first museum show by Mu Pan

Espacio SOLO Madrid is currently hosting the most ambitious retrospective to date and first museum presentation by the artist, Mu Pan. The exhibition brings together over 20 works by this master of visual narrative, many of which have never been shown in Europe before, including his most recent work, Mu Pan’s Garden of Earthly Delights. Together with artwork by Mu Pan, the exhibition also showcases pieces by other contemporary artists such as Dustin Yellin, Dan Hernandez and Motohiro Hayakawa, as well as 19th century Japanese woodblock prints created by the ukiyo-e master, Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

“Mu Pan and Other Beasts” occupies three large rooms at Espacio SOLO, completely transformed to submerge the visitor in the artist’s universe, a unique place where every work transports us to unexpected territory, to worlds beyond reality. No wonder this artist is known as a “creator of worlds.” His paintings are genuine visual adventures, action-packed stories filled with exquisite detail, disparate blends of historical, literary, political and cultural references which illustrate the information overload characteristic of our times.

Through his art, Mu Pan invites us to reflect on the informative bombardment to which we are now exposed, a context where fake news merges with reality. He also questions concepts such as that of the “hero,” so widespread and yet intrinsically so ambiguous. His approach is critical and incisive but always with a hearty dose of humour and irony, clearly two of this artist’s trademarks.

Cultural mash-up, the story of today

Mu Pan (1976) was born in Taichung City, Taiwan, and emigrated to the USA in 1997. His artwork reflects a huge diversity of cultural influences, from classical Chinese literature to superheroes, ukiyo-e, cinema and comics.

To view one of Mu Pan’s painstakingly constructed battles is to step inside a world of action, dynamism and energy. His paintings possess a richness of detail reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, with apocalyptic connotations, hybrid, caricature-like creatures that are half-human and half-animal, along with epic scenes that blend current affairs and manga.

Justice through drawing

Mu Pan’s work is an outlet for everything that bothers or enrages the artist: his paintings…

Jan 21, 2019

Espacio SOLO: In Conversation with Juan Herreros

Juan Herreros, the architect who designed SOLO’s home, chats to us about this extraordinary project, winner of the prestigious Madrid College of Architects Awards 2018.

From the outset, Espacio SOLO was conceived as a space in permanent flux. It houses an art collection but is…

Apr 12, 2018

The Long Look: “Gold” by Neo Rauch

In 2002, The New York Times baptised him as “the painter who came in from the cold.” Eight years later, Vogue Italia made it even simpler: Neo Rauch is a “contemporary art master.” So whether you’re into Cold War spy glamour or not,…

Sep 29, 2017

Marcel Dzama draws a revolution in Madrid

When it comes politics, Marcel Dzama is unequivocal: “I think it’s an important time for artists to make as much noise about it as we can,” he told Juxtapoz magazine earlier this year. Now, his personal brand of subversion arrives to Madrid in the…

Sep 22, 2017

People-watching with Danny Fox

“I don’t really consider myself art-world material,” Danny Fox told GQ magazine in late 2016. This self-taught painter is the archetypal outsider: a stylistic loner, doing his own thing, his naïve creations apparently out of synch with aesthetic trends. Yet in that…

Sep 08, 2017

Victor Castillo presents “Broken Hearts”

Mighty Mouse has lost the will to fight. He kneels on the ground, distraught, his face in his hands, while two smiling children look on, apparently delighting in the superhero’s distress. This is Broken Hearts by Victor Castillo, the title work for…

Aug 04, 2017

Summertime humour from Joan Cornellà

“It’s one of those gloomy things like cancer. It’ll happen to you. You’ll have a heart attack from political correctness,” said lifelong mischief maker, Peter Saul, during an interview in New York last month. No chance of suffering death by diplomacy at…

Jul 21, 2017

Companion at Colección SOLO, dissected and relaxed

Think KAWS and Companion immediately comes to mind. The cartoon character with X-ed out eyes, blobby bone ears and Disneyesque gloves has come to be synonymous with the Brooklyn-based phenomenon, Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS. Since its first appearance back in 1999, Companion…

Jul 03, 2017

Skating SOLO

The exciting new installation, Skate Wall 01, by Spanish artist Juan Díaz-Faes, puts the spotlight on skate culture at Colección SOLO, home to boarding luminaries such as Haroshi and former pro skaters like San Francisco-based Andrew Schoultz. Whether as inspiration,…

Jun 20, 2017

Peter Saul hits Europe

“Peter Saul demands our full attention,” says Philipp Demandt, Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Forerunner of the Pop Art movement, pioneer of Bad Painting and eternal outsider, Peter Saul has been poking critical fun at contemporary society since the 1950s, yet has…

May 29, 2017

Music, art and twerking bears

“Without music, life would be a mistake,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols. It’s a view shared by the Musseu del Disseny de Barcelona, which this week opens David Bowie Is, curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum. With over 300…

May 22, 2017

Parallel worlds at Colección SOLO

From Evrugo Mental State to Nobson Newtown, from Clown Squid to Whoriders and Lizardmen, parallel worlds and their intriguing inhabitants form an essential part of Colección SOLO.

“People see it as a virtual or imaginary space but to me it’s absolutely real,” says the landmark Spanish…

Apr 10, 2017

Colección SOLO acquires ‘Ocean Travels’

“In China, ancient ceramics tell long tales,” says Li Xiaofeng. And there’s certainly no shortage of storytelling material in this artist’s trademark pieces, spectacular dresses and suits sculpted from shards of broken porcelain, meticulously rearranged.

Although he originally trained as a muralist, Li Xiaofeng…

Mar 31, 2017

Wu Tien-Chang joins Colección SOLO

“When localism meets globalisation, it does not necessarily have to lead to confrontations; the seamless divide can be overcome and mended by outstanding artists,” says Wu Tien-Chang. And his own work, developed over a thirty-year career across a range of different media, goes…

Mar 04, 2017

Dzama in the director’s chair for Spoon

Although best known for his drawings, Marcel Dzama is certainly no newcomer to film. His latest video, for the indie rock group Spoon, oozes the distinctive, Dada-inspired style that has earned his work a place in top-notch collections including MOMA, New York and…

Feb 24, 2017

Art Invades Madrid

The Spanish capital turns art world hotspot this week. ARCOMadrid takes centre stage, bringing together 200 galleries from 27 different countries, while a huge array of smaller events floods the city with emerging talents from across the globe.

It was Spanish artist Antonio Crespo Foix,…

Feb 19, 2017

Major Raymond Pettibon Retrospective in NY

Cult figure, punk icon and irrepressible lampooner, Raymond Pettibon has chronicled the shifting face of US culture for well over thirty years. From politicians to sporting figures, celebrities to counter-cultural heroes, every aspect of American popular culture has come under Pettibon’s trademark pen-and-ink…

Feb 13, 2017

Art as therapy by Johan Deckmann

Danish artist and psychotherapist Johan Deckmann says that therapy can happen anytime, anyplace. It’s simply “an interaction between a person and something else that makes sense.” Fortunately for viewers, his fake self-help publications perfectly fit the bill.

Deckmann uses books as his canvasses, breathing…

Dec 22, 2016

Colección SOLO keeps on growing

Colección SOLO co-founder and curator David Cantolla is clear on what he’s looking for: “Artists in touch with contemporary popular culture, a blend of local and global influences, of tradition and modernity…and the ideas that connect us all as human beings.” At Miami…

Dec 03, 2016

Non-stop at Miami Art Week

It’s one of the hottest dates on the art-lover’s calendar: Miami Art Week. Collectors flock to the sunshine state for what has become an all-encompassing celebration of creative energy, with over 20 different art fairs, museum events, public art projects and partying. Colección SOLO,…

Nov 21, 2016

A Latin Grammy for Sergio Mora

Spanish artist and Colección SOLO favourite Sergio Mora received the award for Best Recording Package at the 17th Latin Grammy Awards this week. With characteristic elegance, his artwork for El Poeta Halley by Love of Lesbian blends a 50s-style sci-fi aesthetic with…

Nov 02, 2016

New talent from Korea

Top-notch galleries, slick organisation and a unique opportunity to explore the art scene in Korea; Colección SOLO’s recent visit to KIAF / Art Seoul sees a host of new faces join an ever-expanding collection, from the established video creator Lee Lee-Nam or…

Oct 24, 2016

Lee Lee-Nam joins Colección SOLO

Among the host of inspiring artists on show at KIAF 2016, one of the most outstanding was the Korean video creator Lee Lee-Nam. The artist’s 2016 work, Reborn Light – Mother of Pearl, will be joining Colección SOLO, the first video…

Oct 12, 2016

Colección SOLO visits KIAF / Art Seoul

The Korea International Art Fair gets underway today, with 180 galleries and 20 different countries represented in the fifteenth edition of one of Asia’s leading events.

Colección SOLO will be visiting the fair, as always, on the lookout for creative talent from across the globe….

Oct 05, 2016

Gorka Mohamed, showing now in London

Spanish artist Gorka Mohamed presents his latest body of work in London this month at Peter von Kant. In characteristic style, Mohamed critiques modern day ills through an attractive mix of cartoonish figures, organic, overstretched forms and a rational approach to space.

The show…

Sep 27, 2016

Hollywood Dreams by Victor Castillo

A recent addition to Colección SOLO, Hollywood Dreams VIII by the Chilean artist, Victor Castillo, forms part of a series first presented in Chile and Hong Kong in spring 2016. Using antique prints on canvas as a starting point, Castillo has re-worked…

Aug 01, 2016

Inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch

Searingly relevant after half a millennium? It’s a tall order, but there’s at least one artist who fits the bill: Hieronymus Bosch. This years marks the 500th anniversary since the death of the Dutch renaissance master and his creations remain as shocking and intriguing…

Jul 25, 2016

New work by Ryan Mosley

Colección SOLO is thrilled to announce the acquisition of If the Sky Could Talk (2015) by Ryan Mosley.

Described by the art critic, Michael Glover, as “one of the most inventive of the younger English painters at work today,” Mosley infuses playful,…

Jul 15, 2016

Tackling Fear at Bloop Ibiza

A Mediterranean paradise, a haven of hippy culture, the international mecca for house music fans… Ibiza’s not exactly short on appeal. And every summer, thanks to Bloop International Proactive Art Festival, it becomes a hub of contemporary creativity too.

Founded in 2011, Bloop brings…

Jun 24, 2016

Comic-style fun at Colección SOLO

Garish colours, outlandish monsters, life-and-death struggles with criss-crossing laser beam fire. Motohiro Hayakawa’s action-packed scenes portray distant galaxies of 70s-inspired kitsch, imagined narratives that read like invitations to grab your stun gun and jump into battle.

The Japanese artist — whose work has recently…

Jun 18, 2016

New York’s rising stars hit Copenhagen

It’s summertime in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen. And for Gallery Poulsen, that can mean just one thing: their annual showcase of fresh talent from New York. Inspired by the cult movie, Ocean’s Eleven, they’ve put together a veritable rat pack of creative wits…

Jun 14, 2016

Travel as inspiration at De Hallen Haarlem

Before low-cost flights and Airbnb, travel existed. The urge to explore is as old as mankind, and for artists, physical journeying and creative exploration have long gone hand in hand. De Hallen Museum explores that relationship this year with its tenth summer series exhibition,…

Jun 08, 2016

Erik Parker at Nanzuka Tokyo

Beyond-bright cocktails of pop culture, music, and cheery subversion, Erik Parker’s works have travelled the world over. This month, the New York based artists takes his explosions of psychedelic colour to Nanzuka Gallery, Tokyo, for Double Down, his fourth solo presentation in Japan.


Jun 03, 2016

John Fox on man and nature

Spoilt Kingdom at Galerie Celal is the first solo presentation in Paris by British artist Jon Fox. Through nine brand new paintings and the same number of drawings, Fox reflects on modern-day ills and proposes nature as a restorer of balance.

In characteristically intricate…

May 27, 2016

New works by Hideyuki Katsumata

The neon-infused universe of Hideyuki Katsumata arrives to Colección SOLO with the recent acquisition of six new pieces by the Tokyo-based artist. Katsumata’s trademark monsters are present in Zombie Painter, while Amaterasu, Freedom of Expression and Cherry Blossom reflect…

May 24, 2016

Landmark retrospective of cutting-edge art

This Sunday, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) opened Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, a unique retrospective to celebrate the groundbreaking publication’s tenth anniversary.

The San Francisco-based magazine was founded in 2005 by artists Attaboy and Annie Owens, and…

May 17, 2016

Colección SOLO acquires Rosa Loy’s Bearbeitung

Colección SOLO is thrilled to announce that Rosa Loy’s Bearbeitung (2015) will soon be joining us in Madrid. Currently part of Loy’s solo show Maifeirer, running until June 11th at Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig, this piece is a fine example of the…

May 13, 2016

Dustin Yellin trials Google’s Tilt Brush

Best known for his layered-glass sculptures, Colección SOLO artist Dustin Yellin has taken time out from collage this month to trial Google’s new virtual reality drawing tool, Tilt Brush.

The Brooklyn-based artist says that he was “literally jumping up and down” at the…

May 06, 2016

Mercedes Helnwein joins Colección SOLO

Colección SOLO is delighted to announce the acquisition of a brand new piece by LA-based Austrian-Irish artist, Mercedes Helnwein. Pink Kid and TV is an oil pastel work on paper, combining Mercedes’ trademark retro feel, character-led approach and wry suggestive narratives.

As the…

Apr 29, 2016

Showing character: Pictoplasma Berlin

May’s around the corner. And in character design, that can mean just one thing: Pictoplasma Berlin. Now celebrating its 12th edition, Pictoplasma festival and conference brings together artists and creatives from across the globe, the trailblazers of tomorrow’s visual culture.

This year, the Festival’s focus…

Apr 22, 2016

KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The first UK museum exhibition by Brooklyn artist, KAWS, is taking place this spring at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an outstanding open-air museum in the north of England. Permanent home to large-scale works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Jaume Plensa, among many others,…

Apr 15, 2016

Happy World Art Day!

15th April was Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday. So why not make it a date to celebrate art itself? That’s precisely what the board of the International Association of Art thought to themselves in 2011 when they voted to declare 15th April “World Art Day.”…

Mar 28, 2016

Anton Henning – gesamtkunstwerk in Madrid

For his first individual presentation in Spain, Berlin-based artist Anton Henning has transformed Galeria Javier Lopez & Fer Frances, creating a site-specific installation comprising a range of paintings and sculptures. In other words, a characteristic Henning gesamtkunstwerk…this time in Madrid.

With trademark irony, Henning…

Mar 17, 2016

Keiichi Tanaami’s “The Last Supper” on show in NY

Colección SOLO is honoured to participate in Keiichi Tanaami’s first major show in New York since the 1960s. The Last Supper will form part of Visible Darkness / Invisible Darkness, a solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins and Co. featuring the Japanese artist’s…

Mar 06, 2016

Ball pen, landscapes and hallucinatory delights

After a hugely successful ARCOmadrid, Colección SOLO headed to New York this week for the Armory Show, the USA’s premier international art fair. And the trip hasn’t been in vain, with works by three new artists joining our collection.

At Armory Modern, CJ Pyle’s woven…

Mar 02, 2016

Rinus Van de Velde joins Colección SOLO

Colección SOLO delves into the fictional worlds of Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde with the acquisition of three large-scale charcoal drawings. There is a Drawback, However, All the Rest Feels Like a Waste of Time and Please Pay Attention…

Feb 25, 2016

Okuda San Miguel hits the road

Haulage has never been a sector you’d describe as “artsy”. That might well change, however, thanks to a cool initiative recently launched in Spain. The Truck Art Project, brainchild of Jaime Colsa, transport firm PBX and IAM Gallery, aims to create 100 moving artworks…

Feb 22, 2016

ARCO reaches 35… with characteristic style

Madrid celebrates one of the high points on its contemporary arts calendar this week as the annual show, ARCOmadrid, comes to town once again. According to Skate’s Art Fairs Report 2015, this is the world’s most visited art fair, with 100,000 connoisseurs through the…

Jun 20, 2015

D*FACE at CAC Malaga

London-based artist D*FACE opens his first solo museum show this month at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malaga. The exhibition will feature 40 different pieces including installations, paintings, silkscreens and stencils covering a 15-year career. Of course, Colección SOLO is delighted to…

Jan 12, 2015

estudio Herreros to design Colección SOLO

2015 has got off to a wonderful start for Colección SOLO! We are thrilled to announce that estudio Herreros will design the collection’s future home, a ground-breaking 1200m2 space in the heart of Madrid.

The studio’s founder, Juan Herreros, is one of Spain’s most influential…

Dec 10, 2014

Ending the year on a high at Art Basel Miami

After Hong Kong in May and Basel in June, we’ve rounded off the Art Basel year with a hugely successful visit to this month’s Miami show. In a week when the sunshine city becomes a focus point for the global art scene, Colección SOLO

Nov 30, 2014

The collection gets a home!

A spectacular 1200m2 space in the heart of Madrid has been acquired to house the ever-growing Colección SOLO. Set within a historic building dating back to 1933, the future home of Colección SOLO faces the Retiro Park and opens onto the iconic Puerta de…

Nov 15, 2014

Eric Joyner: “Robots remind us of what it is to be human”

Eric Joyner visited us in October to celebrate the arrival of his painting, Amusement Park. Commissioned by Colección SOLO, Joyner’s largest work yet sees his trademark robots and donuts in an old-time fairground setting. Check out our interview, where Joyner chats about…

Nov 02, 2014

Colección SOLO launches online

Bold, dynamic and passionate, Colección SOLO is a groundbreaking collection built around artworks of the here and now. Established figures including Gary Baseman, Ron English or Gottfried Helnwein are joined by rising stars such as Sebastien Feraut or Jon…