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  • Alexandre Estrela Antípodas, 2011. Double proyection on screen
    December 15, 2015 – March 21, 2016
    Program: Fisuras

    Alexandre Estrela (Lisbon, 1971) uses film and video as the core mediums in his artistic practice, which he defines as an approach to “formal and conceptual questions resulting from the intersection between images and subject matter”. With broad technical and historical knowledge of the mediums he employs, Estrela creates complex systems, making use of the characteristics of the equipment he works with: from the camera, video projector and screen to the perceptive reception of images.

  • Juan Giralt. Zumo de limón, 2006.  Acrilic and collage on canvas. Private Collection. Image: Juan Giralt Ortiz, VEGAP, Madrid, 2015
    December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016

    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.

  • Andrzej Wróblewski, Szofer (Szofer niebieski) [Chauffeur (Blue Chauffeur)], 1948, Private collection, Warszaw  © Courtesy Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation
    November 17, 2015 - February 28, 2016

    Andrzej Wróblewski

    Recto / Verso 1948-1949, 1956-1957

    Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957) is, despite his short life, one of the most important Polish artists of the 20th 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.

  • Hito Steyerl. How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational.MOV File, 2013. HD video, single screen in architectural environment. 14 minutes. Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl. Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
    November 10, 2015 - March 21, 2016

    Regarded as one of the most relevant contemporary artists in the field of Video art, Hito Steyerl (Munich, 1966) approaches current themes in her work, for instance the impact the proliferation of images and the use of the Internet and technology have on our lives. She uses these issues as a starting point for developing, not just through her video pieces but also through writing and essays, critical work about control, surveillance and militarisation, migration, cultural globalisation, feminism and political imagery, questions she believes have the capacity to create realities.

  • Constant Rode sector, 1958. © Constant, VEGAP, Madrid, 2015
    October 20, 2015 - February 29, 2016

    For almost twenty years, Constant (Constant Anton Nieuwenhuys, Amsterdam, 1920 – Utrecht, 2005) realised scale models, paintings, drawings and collages displaying his concept of a nomad city of the future – New Babylon – a complex and expansive labyrinth that transformed the whole world into one sole network. The earth would be collective property, work would be completely automated and run by robots and people would have the freedom to devote their time to creative play.

  • Mohamedi, Nasreen. Untitled, Ca. 1970. Ink and graphite on paper, 47,4 x 47,4 cm. KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART
    September 22, 2015 - January 11, 2016

    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.   

  • Ree Morton, Signs of Love (Detail), studio of the artist, 1976 © Estate of Ree Morton. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York and Annemarie Verna, Zurich
    May 20 - September 28, 2015

    Ree Morton

    Be a Place, Place an Image, Imagine a Poem

    The work of Ree Morton (Ossining, NY, 1936 – Chicago, 1977) can be found in the specific art scene in the USA around 1970, characterised by a strong reaction to Abstract Expressionism, via Minimal art, on the one hand, and Conceptual art and Pop art on the other. Different hard-to-classify movements materialised and were defined by Lucy Lippard as “Eccentric Abstraction”, or, for instance, Post-minimalism and phenomenological and performative practices inclined towards ritualism, animism and the body.

  • Jean François Bory. Post-scriptum. Paris, Eric Losfeld éditeur, 1970 © Jean François Bory, VEGAP, Madrid, 2015
    May 18 - September, 2015

    The exhibition I call them simply books, devoted to the «book as book», can be seen as part two of the previous one It is not new, it is a book, that it was a purely conceptual approach to the book. The title is a quotation by Peter Downsbrough, an American artist who has published numerous «books» since 1972.

    Biblioteca y centro de documentación
  • Exhibition view. Carl Andre. Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010, 2015
    May 5 - October 12, 2015 Palacio de Velázquez. Parque del Retiro

    Carl Andre

    Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

    The exhibition features around 200 sculptures and works on paper of the work of Carl Andre produced over the past 50 years, ranging from his most influential works made with metallic plates, levers, ribbons and slopes, to other unique examples of his artistic practice, serving as an example with which to understand the development of his progressive concept of “sculpture as form, sculpture as structure, sculpture as place”.

  • Vista de sala de la exposición. Federico Guzmán. Tuiza. Las culturas de la jaima, 2015
    April 16 – August 30, 2015

    Federico Guzmán

    Tuiza. The Cultures of the Bedouin Tent

    Actively working since the mid 1980s, Federico Guzmán (Seville, 1964) has always viewed artistic practice as a commitment to his environment. His spells in New York and Bogotá at the end of the 1990s lead him to lay great emphasis on this idea as he became particularly aware of art as a tool for social change, as well as understanding the figure of the artist and seeing his work as something inextricably linked to the context he lived in.

  • Paul Klee. Baldgreis, 1922. Oil on cardboard, 40.3 x 37.4 cm. Kunstmuseum Basel © Kunstmuseum Basel
    March 18 - September 14, 2015

    White Fire

    The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection

    The Kunstmuseum Basel is considered one of the finest public municipal museums in the world. The two cornerstones of its collection are the works dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, on one side, and artworks from the 19th century to the 21st , on the other, with the ensemble of the latter making it one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in Europe.

  • Pablo Picasso. Buveuse d’absinthe (The Absinthe Drinker), 1901. Oil on canvas, 81 x 60 cm. Im Obersteg Foundation, permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel. Photography: Mark Gisler, Müllheim
    March 18 - September 14, 2015

    Collectionism and Modernity

    Two Case Studies: The Im Obersteg and Rudolf Staechelin Collections

    It was not the work of artists, critics and curators alone that made the development of modern and contemporary art possible. Another factor related to both economic and social concerns intervened as a catalyst in the process. This was art collecting.

  • Exhibition view. Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, 2015
    February 11 - July 13, 2015

    Not Yet

    On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism

    Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism sets out from the re-discovery of the Worker-photography movement of the 1920s and 1930, but within the social and intellectual context after 1968 and the new urban struggles.

  • Daniel García Andújar. Estamos vigilando, 1994. Intervention in public space, image of La Concha beach in San Sebastián, Spain. Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist
    January 21 - May 4, 2015

    Daniel G. Andújar

    Operating System

    Through interventions in public space and a critical use of digital media and the communication strategies of the corporations connected to it, the theoretical and artistic work developed by Daniel G. Andújar (Almoradí, Alicante, 1966) oscillates between territories that are real (the city) and virtual (the Net). He sets out from the premise that when displaying/dissecting the connections found between both, the inequalities that generate social and power relations are envisaged in a context like the current one.

  • Exhibition view. Luciano Fabro, 2014
    November 27, 2014 - April 12, 2015

    This exhibition, the first retrospective devoted to the artist since his death, assembles over fifty works that reflect the audacity, strength and complexity of Fabro's work; a body of work that is key to gaining an understanding of the new roads contemporary sculpture has travelled down.