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  • Alexandre Estrela

    Pockets of Silence

    December, 2015
    Exhibitions

    Alexandre Estrela (Lisbon, 1971) uses film and video as the core mediums in his artistic practice, which questions the materiality of the image, dialoguing with a history of experimental film, video and photography, which finds some of its symbolic evidence in the films of Marcel Duchamp, in photographs by Man Ray or cut-up narratives from Burroughs, for example.

  • December, 2015
    Exhibitions

    The work of Juan Giralt (Madrid, 1940–2007) was initially self-taught in the Informalism that predominated the 1950s. A brief spell in Holland at the end of this decade enabled him to come into contact with the CoBrA group and saw him begin to shape a more personal and permeable pictorial language in a new interpretation of Figuration. This characterised his work in the 1970s and 1980s, turning him into a reference point of New Figuration in Madrid. In the years that followed, until his death in 2007, he would gradually incorporate abstraction, but without ever relinquishing figurative elements that were present in the constant use of collage and the painted word.

  • November, 2015
    Exhibitions

    Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957) is, despite his short life, one of the most important Polish artists of the 20 th century. This exhibition, the first retrospective held outside his country, enables his work to be contemplated in a way that goes beyond the reductionist clichés of socialist realism or Outsider Art, through which art from countries in the Soviet sphere of influence has been studied until recently. Wróblewski was an artist that could work on the borders between abstraction and figuration, combining formal invention with the analysis of daily life and its limits – the degradation of war and dictatorial politics – by means of a profound human and political commitment.

  • November, 2015
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    In the work of visual artist Hito Steyerl (Munich, 1966) constructed texts and edited images enlarge the conditions of film essays, reflecting on and intervening in the systems that circulate information, and in those that present and represent the artwork. Her texts, lectures, films and audiovisual installations merge the philosophical and political reflection of critical activism inserted in the world of production and the circulation of the image and the word. Through this perspective the artist develops a critical body of work on modes of perception, control, surveillance, in addition to militarisation, migration, feminism and the political image – questions she feels have the capacity to create realities.

  • October, 2015
    Exhibitions

    The Museo presents an exhibition devoted to the recent work of Ignasi Aballí, on a journey articulated around the Catalan artist’s aesthetic ideas, offering a conceptual reflection on the representation and perception of the artwork through mediums such as photographs, videos, installations, sculptures, paintings and collages, and an eclectic display of unconventional materials such as leaves, dust, rust, metals, newspaper cuttings and scraps of bank notes, which explore presence and absence, the material and immaterial, the visible and the invisible, transparency and opaqueness, appropriation and creation to relate the overabundance of images in modern-day society to the lack of meaning we can assign to them.

  • October, 2015
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    Constant Anton Nieuwenhuys (Amsterdam, 1920 – Utrecht, 2005), a key figure in Situationism and one of the founding members of the CoBrA group, developed his project New Babylon between 1956 and 1974. Through the project, regarded as the last great utopia in European art, the artist aimed to generate and mould a new urban environment to enable a “total fulfilment of life”. Everything sets out from the premise that, in a not-so-distant future, the growing automation of work driving technological progress would allow citizens to fully devote their time to meeting their leisure urges and thoroughly develop their creative potential.

  • October, 2015
    Exhibitions

    Danh Vō’s (Bà Ria, Vietnam, 1975) art work subverts and plays with classic appropriation and opportunistic strategies of Western art in its approach to other cultures. His installations, sculptures, photographs and works on paper, particularly his early work, often calls on his origins and experiences, interspersing them with cultural, social, and historical references. Danh Vō utilises 19th-century industrial exhibition typology to portray the unique architecture in the Palacio de Cristal, encapsulating the nostalgia of a nineteenth-century palaeontology and archaeology museum inside a large display cabinet.

  • September, 2015
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    Nasreen Mohamedi (Karachi, 1937 – Baroda, 1990) was one of the first Indian artists to embrace abstraction, moving away from the more conventional doctrines of Indian modern art in the early decades of the 20th century. She chose non-figuration, an artistic practice marginalised at that time by independent India, which was essentially dominated by an anthropomorphous aesthetic and academic realism determined by art schools from the colonial period.

  • May 2015
    Exhibitions

    The work of Ree Morton (Ossining, New York, 1936 – Chicago, 1977) can be found in the specific art scene in the USA in the early 1970s, characterised by a strong reaction to post-war Abstract Expressionism, reflected in Minimal art, on the one hand, and Conceptual Art and Pop Art on the other. Nevertheless, her work is more akin to the art strategies that emerged around movements such as Pattern and Decoration, Fiber Art or, in Lucy R. Lippard’s definition, “Eccentric Abstraction”.

  • May 2015
    Exhibitions

    Curator Yasmil Raymond and Manuel Borja–Villel talk about this retrospective of Carl Andre, that features around 200 sculptures and works on paper produced over the past 50 year. This selection help us to understand his progressive concept of “sculpture as form, sculpture as structure, sculpture as place” and, in addition the exhibition focuses on the key role of language in Andre’s artistic practices via a large number of visual and concrete poetry series, textual collages and works on paper and, for the first time in 20 years, an exceptional group of works entitled Dada Forgeries, expounding his jocular relationship with Duchamp’s readymades.

  • April 2015
    Exhibitions

    Actively working since the mid 1980s, Federico Guzmán (Seville, 1964) has always viewed artistic practice as a commitment to his environment. As a part and consequence of his personal experience in the Sahara, Federico Guzmán has erected a huge Bedouin tent to enter into dialogue with the Palacio de Cristal. In Hassaniya Tuiza means solidary collective work: coming together, participating and building something jointly. Therefore, this tent is presented as a space for hospitality and conversation between cultures, holding workshops and other collective activities. This programme of activities endeavours to become tuiza, a space to decolonise the imagination and articulate knowledge and sensibility circulating from south to south, without stopping at the homogenisation of the centre or the Western narrative.


  • March 2015
    Exhibitions

    Coinciding with the work to expand the Kunstmuseum Basel, a selection of over one hundred masterpieces from its twentieth-century collection are on show in the Museo Reina Sofía. This ensemble aims to offer a broad panorama of the transition of modern and contemporary art, including examples of such diverse movements as Expressionism, Cubism, Purism, Abstraction, Constructivism, Minimalism, German Post-expressionism, Post-war American Abstraction and Pop Art. Also, two standout art collections from early modernism are brought together, and today form part of the holdings of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland), the Im Obersteg Collection and the Rudolf Staechelin Collection, that look to delve deeper into the catalysing phenomenon of collecting at the start of modernism and emphasise its central position in the framework of modern art, together with the work of artists, critics and curators.