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The Masks We Wear Roars into Barcelona at Manifest Destiny Art

Art lovers and partiers alike find a new Barcelona playground at an international group art show.

Nov. 29, 2018 / PRZen / BARCELONA, Spain -- A two headed beast suspended in a gilded cage of scaffolding, a fox sculpture made from hundreds of White Rabbit Hard Candy wrappers, and a portrait of "Love Soldier" greet you when you first enter The Masks We Wear exhibition at Manifest Destiny Art and that's just the beginning. In their 300 m2 (3200 sq feet) space, located in the heart of Barcelona's Art & Design District, Manifest Destiny Art has created an all-sensory installation on the theme The Masks We Wear. Artwork from 10 international artists, 2 art films, a private collection of Masks from around the world, a pop-up Art Library, and over 70 vintage Playboys from 1962-1972 have been curated specifically to highlight stories, articles, and artwork that reflect the theme The Masks We Wear.

"Art has always grappled with the masking and unmasking of the truth — figuratively and otherwise. This is a core value of art — to use image and light to reveal what is behind a mask. Or perhaps it is to glorify the mask and help us forget the ugliness that it covers. I'm so impressed by the artists in this exhibition, in each piece they have infused a vulnerability that you see when you look closer." - Cobey Flynn Co-Founder Manifest Destiny Art

On Friday, November 23, 2018 Manifest Destiny Art unveiled the exhibition The Masks We Wear during Poblenou Open Night. 1500 art lovers and party hoppers attended the opening party sponsored by Estrella Damm and Poblenou Urban District. Many of the visitors planned for a quick gallery visit, but found themselves not wanting to leave. While bopping to music, the attendees engaged with the works of 10 international artists: Anastasiya Oliynyk, Chantal Van Houten, Christian Mera, Yelena Lezhen, Jissel Kerkstra, Kaylee Bear Koss, Kimberly Rodey, Makotu Nakagawa, Pia Kintrup, Aslihan Yesim Celikhan Korkmaz, and 2 art-filmmakers Noelia Mora Solvez  and Summa Cilem Gruebl.  These artists represented 9 different countries: Japan, USA, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Denmark and Ecuador.

Kimberly Rodey painter and art professor from Chicago, Illinois, whose painting Cameo is on display said,  "The thrill of exhibiting in Barcelona is the global reach, it's a true destination city that is at the forefront of international art and culture."

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Barcelona based artist Anastasiya Oliynyk, originally from Kiev, Ukraine, attended the opening party and said, "Manifest Destiny Art is a unique Gallery – a place with so much to see, hear and touch. I am thrilled to be a part of this exhibition and the art community that they are building with Poblenou Urban District."

Pia Kintrup & her Fox traveled from Germany to be a part of The Masks We Wear exhibition "Manifest Destiny Art is a unique Gallery that understands today's art lovers.They have created multiple creative spaces where it's fun to hang out and 'live' with the art."

If you are in Barcelona, you can see and take home (all work is for sale) The Masks We Wear November 29, November 30, and December 1, from 13h-20h (1pm-8pm) at Manifest Destiny Art Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, 42 Barcelona, Spain 08005. If you are not in Barcelona, follow along on their social channels: Instagram  Facebook or message their website if you are interested in any of the pieces from the show.

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