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June 15th-September 30th, 2019

On its fifth anniversary, La Nave Salinas takes a step forward in its commitment to art and culture and is constituted as a foundation. To celebrate, Lio Malca is pleased to present a landmark exhibition dedicated to the king of Pop Surrealism: Kenny Scharf. The show, titled Universalis, has been arranged in the space with an almost magical quality. 


137 round paintings are mounted on a black background, covering the entire sidewall of La Nave. Upon entering the exhibition the viewer has the opportunity to roam the first floor, which has been transformed into a balcony. From this perspective, the viewer is able to see the entire sidewall and take in the more than 100 hanging works at one time. Upon descending the stairs to the central space, the viewer can see the tondos up close and behold the 2.5m high and 9.5m long mural that Scharf painted especially for the exhibition. 

Patrons of La Nave Salinasare treated to a delirious and transformative show, the most recent work of a truly iconic artist after more than two decades since last exhibiting in Spain. 


All the work in this exhibition has been directly commissioned by the collector and founder of La Nave Salinas, Lio Malca, and show a universe that, through mischief and the complicit wink of artistic anti-elitism, hides a deeper meaning. Beyond the characteristic comic, sarcastic and even terrifying expressions of the tondos, Kenny Scharf reflects upon the purpose of collecting and cataloging complex emotions and expressions. This is an unexpected show that invites the viewer to enjoy, from a new perspective, the hyperbolic style of this seminal American Pop artist. The exhibition is made up of:


  • 137 tondos which measure 177.8cm, 152.4cm, 101.1cm and 50.8 cm in diameter. They are made of spray paint on canvas. 

  • A mural of 9.5 m wide and 2.5 m high spray painted on canvas.