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Pedro Almodóvar and Jorge Galindo's Scintillating Celebration of Flowers

By Martin Macdonald

The characters in the arthouse cinema of Pedro Almodóvar are passionate, eccentric, and exude strength and vulnerability in equal measures. Bold colour schemes, fashion and design, as well as fine and decorative art are a common thread in his filmography. All this added to the fact that the acclaimed Spanish film director is himself a keen art collector, and has in the past few years taken up still life photography, makes it is unsurprising that Almodóvar is now willing to further explore the world of contemporary art. 

Almodóvar’s de facto artistic partnership with established Spanish painter Jorge Galindo, renowned for his critically acclaimed kitsch-bordering gestural abstraction, has its genesis in Almodóvar’s latest semi-autobiographical film Pain and Glory. In 2018 Almodóvar, who had previously purchased a work by Galindo and showcased it in his 2011 film The Skin I Live In, commissioned the Madrileño artist to make a small picture for the new film. Galindo’s f…

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