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Asier Mendizabal researches the symbols through which cultures are represented. He is especially interested in oppositional and sub-cultures, which are often defined by their adherence to such symbols. Mendizabal unpicks and re-imagines these, questioning the relation of cultural identity to cultural representation, and generating new forms of abstraction.

Mendizabal works with a variety of media, and this exhibition includes photography, graphics and photomontages, but its strongest register is with abstract sculpture. In a text written to provide a context for the exhibition, Mendizabal has translated a letter by Basque artist Jorge Oteiza, addressed (but never sent) to the jury of a competition organised in 1952 by the ICA in London, to select a monument to The Unknown Political Prisoner. He reconsiders Oteiza's argument for a radical abstraction to represent the political in art.

Mendizabal's solo exhibitions include Asier Mendizabal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2011; Asier Mendizabal - and/or Culturgest, Lisbon, 2010; and Asier Mendizabal, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2008. His work was recently included in the Venice Biennale, 2011, and To the Arts, Citizens!, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal, 2010.


  • 2018
  • asier mendizabal, kopf, faust, baum, anthony reynolds gallery in collaboration with galerie nordenhake berlin
  • 2012
  • untitled (syntagmatic and paradigmatic)


  • 2018
  • asier mendizabal, the essential perspective: minimalisms in the helga de laver collection
  • 2014
  • toma de tierra, carreras mugica, bilbao (cat)
  • a singular form, pablo lafuente, tina lipsky, jeanette pacher, vienna secession
  • 2010
  • as artes, cidadaos! to the arts citizens!, museu serralves
  • 2008
  • asier mendizabalmacba, spain
  • 2007
  • asier mendizabal, (ed.): m-l. bilbao: galería carreras múgica