The Rhombus Is a Horizon

Lecture and Workshop with Teresa Lanceta

Monday, 27 September and Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Lecture: free, until full capacity is reached
Workshop: free, until full capacity is reached. Prior registration required by filling out the following form, until 20 September

Lecture: online platform; workshop: Nouvel Building, Protocol Room
Lecture: 500 people; workshop: 10 people
Tamara Díaz Bringas and Nada López García
Organised by
Museo Reina Sofía
The Forms of Making, the Making of Forms
Teresa Lanceta. Gouache on paper belonging to The Red Rug project, 32.5 x 23 cm, 1987–1989
Teresa Lanceta. Gouache on paper belonging to The Red Rug project, 32.5 x 23 cm, 1987–1989

The Forms of Making, the Making of Forms is a programme on methodologies, tools and techniques in artistic practice. In its fourth edition, Teresa Lanceta conveys, via an online public lecture, the learning attained in her explorations of the rhombus. Based on her reflections, she will conduct a workshop whereby each participant can share and set up a dialogue with ‘their own form’, which stems either from their work or any other meaningful sphere in their life.    

The rhombus, with no horizontal or vertical sides, is built with diagonals that can form unlimited wefts, akin to many drawings by nomadic peoples. In its reiterative expanse, the rhomboidal network reveals no coordinates, has no centre or framework; rather, it is a network of equal parts. Repetition is not a drawback. It is a value that assumes variations and transgressions. As Lanceta highlights: “That’s why the rhombus is a horizon, and its drift gives the feeling of extended, continuous time, a far cry from measured time, the hours detached from the life we inhabit today”. For the artist, art is a collective language which, while putting forward exterior dialogue, also upholds certain internal rules. Both her knowledge and practice enable a more in-depth exploration of the techniques, methods and tools we inherit as ‘open source’ and can be read, appropriated, transformed and transmitted with greater freedom.    

In her works of and with weaving, Lanceta has found a medium and experience which seeks to understand art forms from other eras and cultures. As she explains: “When you discover rugs made on mobile looms the world becomes wider; your land is where you step, your home is always the place where you go, not where you come from, because a homecoming is not a return but rather a perpetual idea, and error is compensated for, eventualities are changed”.      

The lecture offers all attendees the chance to gain insight into the artist’s work. For the workshop, each participant must think about and prepare a 10-minute presentation on their own form, with these presentations forming the basis for weaving a dialogue between and with other participants and the artist.  


Monday, 27 September 2021 - 6pm


Wednesday, 6 October 2021 - 5pm


Teresa Lanceta Aragonés (Barcelona, 1951) holds a bachelor’s degree and PhD in Art History. She develops her work through weaving, video and writing, with popular textile art from the Middle Atlas and Spanish rugs from the 15th century running through the centre of her investigations. Her solo shows include Moroccan Fabrics. Teresa Lanceta (Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, and Villa des Arts, Casablanca, 2000); Adiós al rombo (La Casa Encendida, Madrid and Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, 2016); and La alfombra española del siglo XV (Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, 2020). Her work has also been part of the collective exhibitions How to (…) things that don’t exist (31st São Paulo Biennial, 2014); VIVA ARTE VIVA (57 th Venice Biennale, 2017); The Live Creature (La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France, 2018); Gallinero, in collaboration with Pedro G. Romero, for the Bergen Assembly and Academy of Rome, 2019; and Una forma de ser (Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 2020–2021), among others. In 2011, she presented Cierre es la respuesta (Closure Is the Response), a documentary about women workers in the Alicante Tobacco Factory and, in 2015, she made Franjas romboidales (Rhomboidal Strips), a net art piece in collaboration with Nicolas Malevé.