Las seis ventanas
Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger
3 June – 31 December 2023

Las seis ventanas (The Six Windows) is a site-specific immersive installation by Sol Calero. A platform offers a view of a wall painting with decorative elements from classical architecture. Mounted on the wall painting are six smaller paintings representing windows. The window paintings suggest a landscape on the far side, a colourful and vibrant terrain where nature has taken control.

Inspired by part of the museum’s architecture – a nine-sided pavilion – Sol Calero explores ideas relating to panoramic painting. A popular genre in the 1800s, the panoramas consisted of paintings that were 360 degrees in the round and presented in purpose-built rooms. Surrounded by such a painting, viewers could experience the illusion of being inside a real landscape. The idea of the panorama was to bring the experience of a place or a historical event to people at a time when few could travel long distances. In a similar way, Las seis ventanas takes you to a different place – one that perhaps triggers associations, dreams or expectations.

Photos by Oddbjørn Erland Aarstad