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Fulminated Tower (#16)

La Torre Fulminada (The Fulminated Tower) designed by Gustavo Pérez Monzón

'La Torre Fulminada' (The Fulminated Tower) is card #16 of the Tarot de Ángel (1986) piece by Gustavo Pérez Monzón. Originally handcrafted in 1985, these types of cards were outlawed by the Cuban government as a symbol of the occult. The Tower card within a tarot deck typically implies the end of a relationship or interest if drawn in the upright. When drawn upside down, this card can represent a new beginning. For Pérez Monzón, the Tower card within his Tarot de Ángel deck represents the fall, the unforeseen, and illusions coming crashing down.
 Angel Card 16 800 Complete

The fall. The unforeseen. Illusions come crashing down.

 Tarot - The practice of tarot emerged in Italy around the 15th century as a form of entertainment, which later spread to much of Europe. The Major Arcana are 22 individual numbered cards, each one represented by a character or symbol, such as The Fool, Death, The Wheel of Fortune, among others. Before the emergence of the printing press, tarot cards were illustrated by hand, being commissioned by artists as if they were a pictorial or sculptural work. This tradition has continued throughout history, and more recently, we have seen recreations of tarot designs made by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, among other artists who have been attracted to the deep mysticism around the subject and the visual impact of tarot cards.

Tarot de Ángel is a piece created in 1986, commissioned by the then Spanish art gallery owner Ángel Romero. This tarot was acquired by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros from its original owner, who kept it for almost thirty years. Each card gives the sensation of a carved volumetric element as if they were sculptural reliefs. The surface of the card displays the number of the arcanum it belongs to and a visual representation of it. Concentric geometric figures abound, whether squares within squares or triangles within triangles, spirals, or circles. The Angel tarot pieces have a direct visual relationship with other contemporary pieces by the artist in larger formats.

Gustavo PÉREZ MONZÓN is one of the most important Cuban artists of his generation, mostly known for introducing Conceptual art to his native Cuba. He first emerged in the early 1980s as part of a generation of artists loosely known as Volumen Uno, whose exhibition at Centro de Arte Internacional (1981) is considered a watershed in the history of Cuban art. Drawing influence from conceptualism and minimalism, Pérez Monzón has honed a unique sensibility toward organic materials and geometrical forms. He is recognized predominantly for his vast works on paper of dots and lines made from mixed media; large-scale line drawings carved from aluminum powder and pigment, and immersive installations of wire, stone, and thread. 

His work has been shown at:

  • 2015 Tramas (Frames) Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, Cuba
  • 2015 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2018 Rosa de Cancio Richard Saltoun Gallery London, England
  • 2018 WEFTS Museum of Contemporary Art, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico 
eDigital will be releasing a limited five edition set of NFTs for this collectible very soon. The auction will be first come, first serve. So come show your support for Latin American Contemporary Artists and don't miss your chance to purchase a piece of the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Art Collection.

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