«POWER» is a reflection about the representation of power in Western culture from classical Greece to the present. In this exhibition Kepa Garraza focuses on the use of sculpture to make portraits of historical leading figures directly related to political or military power.
These figures ranging from Julius Caesar to George Bush, includes leading protagonists of history such as Philip II or Napoleon Bonaparte. All these characters have been key to understand the history of the Western civilization and all of them have used art as a propaganda tool to serve their own interests.
This project is structured as a chronological narration, which begins in the classical world to advance through the Middle Age, the Renaissance and the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, where the same patterns of representation of power are repeated. European monarchs from Charlemagne to Louis XIV used an inherited symbolism from the classical world, adapting it to the uses and styles of each era.