A BRIEF CENTURY: MACBA COLLECTION - Barcelona

A BRIEF CENTURY: MACBA COLLECTION - Barcelona

October 03, 2019

This new show proposes a chronological tour of the MACBA Collection from 1929 to the present day. In 1929 Barcelona hosted the Universal Exhibition, for which Mies van de Rohe, in collaboration with Lilly Reich, designed the German Pavilion or the Barcelona Pavilion. On the initiative of Josep Lluís Sert and Josep Torres i Clavé, the GATCPAC (Group of Catalan Architects and Technicians for the Progress of Contemporary Architecture) was founded. André Breton wrote the Second Surrealist Manifesto and, in Paris, a group of abstract artists with Joaquín Torres-García and Michel Seuphor at the head founded Cercle et Carré. That same year the Museum of Modern Art was opened in New York (MoMA) and Virginia Woolf published her feminist essay An own chamber. This is the cultural context with which the new exhibition begins, which includes numerous key works in a series of rooms dedicated to the most significant moments or decades. An exhibition, curated by the MACBA team, puts special emphasis on the presentations and changing experiences of art throughout these nine decades or "brief century".

"Self Potrait", Jean Michelle Basquiat, 1986


The presentation is designed to explain the history of modern and contemporary art through the particular perspectives, policies and themes that the MACBA Collection has developed since its inception. In addition, this story is presented specifically from the perspective of Barcelona, ​​so dates such as 1929 and the episodes shown below have their roots in the city. Without going any further, the Barcelona Pavilion, an emblem of international utopian modernism, was the reason that the artists of the Bauhaus Josef and Anni Albers visited the city of Barcelona. In dialogue with the work of the first artists of modernity -Alexander Calder, Joaquín Torres-García and Alberto, among others- we analyze the transformation of Barcelona and its commitment to modernization.

Exhibition Dates: Ongoing

Exhibition Hours: Daily 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays until 9pm, First Friday of the month until 9pm

Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada

Google Maps - https://tinyurl.com/y4luopl4

Website - https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca


Curated by MACBA's curatorial team .

 




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