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  • 18 may, 1989 - 15 july, 1989

    In this exhibition sixty-two works by Ferran García Sevilla (Palma de Mallorca, 1949) are presented under the title La torre de papel (The Tower of Paper). His artistic career gets underway in the Sixties with his initial work being linked to Conceptual Art; it later moves into the pictorial sphere at the beginning of the Eighties.

  • Exhibition view. Ülrich Rückriem: estela y granero, 1989
    13 april, 1989 - 17 july, 1989

    Ulrich Rückriem (Düsseldorf, Germany, 1938) begins working as a sculptor in the Sixties after an intensive education in a stonemasons workshop where he learns the profession and stone cutting techniques - filing, splitting, smoothing and polishing. His experience in this craft forms the base from which he begins to formulate his own sculptures.

  • Marcel Duchamp. La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires même (Boîte verte), 1934. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    9 march, 1989 - 26 april, 1989

    Dada and Constructivism, two art movements characterised by having emerged at critical moments in history: World War I and the Russian Revolution. Nevertheless, despite these similarities, they have often been considered by historians as counter-posed given that the first focuses on intuitive thought and the transrational while Constructivism delves into objective beauty and pure forms.

  • Philip Guston. Confrontation, 1974. Painting. Colección Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
    1 march, 1989 - 6 may, 1989

    The body of work by Philip Guston (Montreal, Canada, 1913 - New York, USA, 1980) is on display in Europe for the first time, although his later work was previously exhibited in Whitechapel in London. Following the initial waves of surrealist and metaphysical language, Guston becomes one of the preeminent figures of Abstract Expressionism in the Fifties.

  • Otto Dix. Hugo Erfurth with Dog, 1926. Tempera and oil on panel. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
    13 february, 1989 - 8 april, 1989

    This exhibition recaptures the artistic atmosphere of Berlin, considered one of the hubs of modern art during the first three decades of the century, between 1900 and 1933. The exhibition displays not only works produced in the city by Berlin artists, but also others that have appeared via other exhibitions or channels.

  • Exhibition view. Richard Artschwager, 1989
    10 february, 1989 - 27 march, 1989

    Richard Artschwager (Washington, 1923 - Albany, 2013) has dedicated his output to exploring the construction of meaning in works of art. By challenging conventional painting and sculpture, and operating outside stylistic classification, Artschwager's artistic output is primarily made up of: furniture sculptures made from wood and Formica as an imitation of wood as well as pictures painted on industrial material called celotex and sculptural forms painted or covered in rubber that he calls “blps”.

  • Exhibition view. John Baldessari. Ni por esas-Not even so, 1989
    11 january, 1989 - 20 february, 1989

    Disappointed by the reaction to his work and in an act that questions the mechanisms of access to contemporary art, in 1970 John Baldessari (National City, USA, 1931) burns his pictorial work, produced between 1953 and 1966, giving rise to the Cremation Project. From then on the American artist uses words and photography as his mediums of expression, considering them ideal for an easy and direct public reception.

  • Exhibition view. Henri Matisse. Pinturas y dibujos de los museos Pushkin de Moscú y el Ermitage de Leningrado, 1988
    19 december, 1988 - 15 february, 1989

    Russia is the first country to begin importing works by Henri Matisse (Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, 1869 - Nice, France, 1954). Following the significant success of his paintings at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1905, the works of the young artist begin to reach Russia, although the collector Sergei Ivanovich Shchukin - who also purchases works by Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and other young avant-garde artists such as Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck and Kees Van Dongen - becomes interested in Matisse's work even before his first exhibition is held in 1904 at the Parisian gallery Vollard.

  • Exhibition view. Masterworks from The Phillips Collection, Washington, 1988
    30 november, 1988 - 16 february, 1989

    Duncan Phillips, the grandson of a steel magnate and son of a businessman, shows an interest in art from an early age, which is encouraged by his family via a modest annual fund dedicated exclusively to acquiring works of art. The sudden death of his father and brother causes him to honour them by publicly exhibiting acquired works in one area of their mansion. Duncan Phillips acquires around three hundred paintings and adds them to the two dozen or so works already in his possession to open the Phillips Memorial Gallery in 1921, thus turning the collection into the first modern art museum in the USA.

  • Exhibition view. Werner Bischof. Photographs (1932-1954), 1988
    6 october, 1988 - 19 december, 1988

    The premature death of Werner Bischof (Zurich, Switzerland, 1916 - Trujillo, Peru, 1954), at the age of just thirty eight, after his jeep falls off a cliff with two other passengers in the Andes Mountains, cuts a promising career short that had already shown signs of great potential during its eighteen years of development.

  • Pablo Palazuelo. Medal, 1988. Sculpture. Museo Casa de la Moneda, Madrid
    1 october, 1988 - 1 january, 1989

    Them symbolic and ceremonial nature of the medal means that it is the form chosen by the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (The Royal Mint of Spain) to commemorate the bicentenary of Carlos III, whose reign was a particularly productive period for Spanish numismatics. Emblematic pieces minted in the Royal Mints around the Peninsula and overseas have been arriving; however, it is the field of medals that marks a more prominent period, as, in contrast to the rigidity of coins, medals embody the spirit of Illustration and reflect the creative freedom of engraving artists.

  • Lucio Muñoz. Tabla Cañuelo, 1960. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    14 september, 1988 - 5 december, 1988

    Lucio Muñoz (Madrid, 1929-1998) belongs to a generation of Spanish artists from the Fifties and is considered one of the pioneers of abstraction in Spain.

  • Exhibition view. Rufino Tamayo. Paintings, 1988
    29 june, 1988 - 3 october, 1988

    Rufino Tamayo (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1899 - Mexico City, 1991) is one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century pictorial movements in Mexico. A tireless worker and incessant traveller, Tamayo's influences from a wide range of cultures is reflected in his paintings and makes them universal in the process. Furthermore, his artistic oeuvre also encompasses movements such as Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism and metaphysical painting.

  • Exhibition view. Christian Boltanski. El caso, 1988. Photograph by Luis Pérez Mínguez
    26 may, 1988 - 5 september, 1988

    Christian Boltanski (Paris, 1944) defines himself as a painter, though from 1967 onwards he stops working on purely pictorial material and instead focuses on creating varied technical pieces in which content plays a key role. In some ways he considers his pictorial strategy through other mediums, but still retains his fictional and figurative approach.

  • Exhibition view. Bauhaus Utopias. Work on Paper, 1988
    5 may, 1988 - 26 june, 1988

    In 1919 the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar (State Bauhaus in Weimar) is established through the merge of the Weimar Academy of Fine Art and the Grand Ducal School of Arts and Crafts. It is founded by Walter Gropius, who applies his simultaneous experiences from the art schools and also has illustrious precedents such as the Deutscher Werkbund German association. In April 1919 its first manifesto is published, and the following year Bauhaus has more than one hundred and thirty pupils under its roof, equal in the number of men and women.