Gustavo Aceves

Mexican painter and sculptor; after 18 years in Paris, since 2011 he lives and works in Pietrasanta, Italy.

March 22nd

Lapidarivm – Work in Progress is inaugurated.
The first 8m x 12m monumental horse is exhibited, as well as three heads inside the church of St. Augustine.
Five 3m x 3m green patinated bronzes are shown inside the main cloister of the San Agustín convent.
A monumental head in asphalt is shown inside the bell tower.
Four horses of 3m x 3m are exhibited in the square of the bell tower, in different materials such as cast iron, white bronze and black patinated bronze.

10th of May
Presentation of the second monumental horse, in white bronze, placed in Pietrasanta’s main square.

May 24th
The exhibition closes with the rescue of Mare Nostrum, the third monumental horse, which is placed in the rotunda of the pier of Marina di Pietrasanta, plus the exhibition of nineteen horses in resin and various materials, on the beach of Pietrasanta.

May 2nd

Opening of Lapidarivm – Die Geburt der Tragödie, an open-air sculpture exhibition as part of the events May ’45 – Spring in Berlin, organized by the foundation Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas, the Deutsch Russischen Museum Berlin-Karlshorst and the society Deutsch Russischen Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, as part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the European armistice of the Second World War. It consists of 21 life-size horse sculptures, placed in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

The chariot over the gate symbolizes the many facets of German history. Almost destroyed, it characterizes the end of World War II and marks the beginning of the division of the city, the German nation and the European continent, while its recent reconstruction during the 1990s stands as a symbol of the reunification and development of Germany, of reconciliation and mutual understanding.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the day of liberation from the Nazi dictatorship, a reason to honor the victims and to reflect on the political and cultural current affairs of Europe and the world, addressing separation, borders and migration.

For more than 80 years nothing has been exhibited at the Pariser Platz, which makes this exhibition an unprecedented historical event in the recent history of the German metropolis.
of the German metropolis.

May 10, 2010
Closing of the exhibition, with a guided tour by the artist himself, with the assistance of the Mexican ambassador to Germany Patricia Espinoza, the gallery owner Kristian Jarmuschek, the gallery owner Kristian Jarmuschek, and the Mexican ambassador in Germany Patricia Espinoza.
Kristian Jarmuschek, plus museum directors, art collectors and various personalities from the German political and cultural world.

September 15th

Inauguration of Lapidarivm – Aspettando i Barbari, with a monumental bronze horse in front of the Roman Colosseum, a monumental granite horse in front of the Arch of Constantine and 43 horses in bronze and various materials in the Trajan Market. In attendance were Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome, Juan José Guerra Abud, Mexican Ambassador to Italy, Claudio Parisi, Capitoline Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of Rome and Francesco Buranelli, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church at the time.

February 8th
Due to the success of the exhibition, its closing is postponed for another three months.
The book Lapidarivm is presented in the Pietro da Cortona room of the Capitoline Museum in Rome, with the participation of art critics Philippe Daverio and Claudio Strinati.

He is currently working in Italy on the preparatory work to be presented at the Lapidarium exhibition in Greece.
As a preview for this exhibition, he has produced these sculptures, in resin with 24K gold leaf, measuring 85x50x80cm.

They represent a re-reading of La Cuadriga de los Caballos de San Marcos and its itinerancy, where gold expresses the sacred nature in art, keeping the spirit of migration as the leitmotiv of his project.