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  • Henry Flynt delivering his lecture From Culture to Veramusement, Walter De Maria’s loft, New York, February 28, 1963. Photograph by Diane Wakoski. Courtesy Henry Flynt
    June 19 – October 28, 2013

    ± I96I

    Founding the Expanded Arts

    ± I96I presents the first detailed analysis of the decisive year in the 1960s that led to the invention of the “expansion of the arts.”

  • Cildo Meireles. Atlas, 2007. Transparency in light box. A.P. Collection of the artist. Galeria Lelong. Photography Courtesy Lofoten International Art Festival - Norway
    May 24 – September 29, 2013

    Since the end of the 1960s Cildo Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, 1948) has been developing new possibilities for the redefinition of conceptual art, based on a relationship with the viewer's sensorial experience, the critical use of ideological and economic circulation systems, and also an ethical connection with the world, which are the foundations of the artist's ongoing critical interpretation.

  • Salvador Dalí. Visage du Grand Masturbateur (Face of the Great Masturbator), 1929. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    April 27 - September 2, 2013

    Dalí

    All of the poetic suggestions and all of the plastic possibilities

    Together, Museo Reina Sofía and the Centre Georges Pompidou have organised a large exhibition devoted to Salvador Dalí. The exhibition is conceived as a contribution to the reappraisal of Dalí as a thinker, a writer and the creator of a very particular vision of the world.

  • Azucena Vieites. Tableau vivant series, 2013. Collection of the artist
    March 20 – July 22, 2013

    Azucena Vieites

    Tableau vivant

    Program: Fisuras

    Using drawing and collage as her main work tools, Azucena Vieites (Hernani, 1967) engages in a process of appropriation and iconographic resignification of materials and references that are linked to the contemporary cultural imaginary.

  • Exhibition view. Imagined Memories, 2013
    March 14 – September 2, 2013

    Mitsuo Miura

    Imagined Memories

    Although recognised primarily as a painter, in the making of his works Mitsuo Miura goes beyond traditional pictorial media. His art can thus be situated halfway along the path towards sculpture or installation, due to its tendency to use chromatic forms in space. 

  • Cristina Iglesias. Towards the Bottom, 2009 (detail). Artist Collection
    February 6 – May 13, 2013

    Cristina Iglesias has been very interested in redefining sculpture as an expanded field that leads to a questioning of the object in its relationship with space and architecture. Her sculptures integrate with the architecture of the places they occupy, and thus play with the interweaving of reality and appearances.

  • Willys de Castro. Objeto ativo (cubo vermelho/branco), 1962. Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
    January 23 – September 16, 2013

    Concrete Invention

    Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

    The exhibition The concrete invention looks at the development of geometric abstraction in Latin America, and it encompasses the period spanning the 1930s through the 1970s.

  • Robert Adams. Frame for Tract House, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Armazón de una vivienda en una urbanización residencial, Colorado Springs, Colorado), 1969. Yale University Art Gallery, adquirida gracias a las donaciones de Saundra B. Lane, Trellis Fund y Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
    January 16 - May 20, 2013

    Robert Adams: The Place We Live

    A Retrospective Selection of Photographs

    With a photographic style that is austere and direct yet also full of nuance and expressive potential, Robert Adams (Orange, New Jersey, 1937) has been widely regarded as one of the most lucid chroniclers of the profound changes taking place in the landscape of the American West in recent decades.

  • Manga Rosa. Arte ao ar livre. Intervención de Viajou Sem Passaporte Sao Paulo, 1981-1982. Courtesy Archivo Jorge Bassani
    October 26, 2012 – March 11, 2013

    Losing the Human Form

    A Seismic Image of the 1980s in Latin America

  • Heimo Zobernig. Untitled, 1998. Photography: Archive HZ.  Courtesy of the artist
    November 9, 2012 – April 15, 2013
  • Exhibition view. Jiří Kovanda. Two Golden Rings, 2012
    October 30, 2012 – February 24, 2013

    Jiří Kovanda

    Two Golden Rings

  • María Blanchard. Paisaje, ca. 1912
    October 17, 2012 - February 25, 2013
  • Exhibition view. Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa. Do you want a master? You will have it!, 2013
    October 10, 2012 - February 25, 2013
    Program: Fisuras
  • Vasily Kandinsky. Succession, 1935 © Vassily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Madrid, 2012
    October 3, 2012 - January 7, 2013
  • Mieko Shiomi. A fluxatlas: Spatial Poem, 1965 (facsimile from 1992). Poster
    September 21, 2012 - September 30, 2013
    Program: Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación

    Categories such as collective, attitude, movement and even network are of questionable value when defining Fluxus, the identity of which has been the subject of debate since its first public appearance at the Festival of Wiesbaden fifty years ago.

    Biblioteca y centro de documentación
  • Exhibition view. Especters of Artaud. Language and the Arts in the 1950s, 2012
    September 19 - December 17, 2012

    Specters of Artaud

    Language and the Arts in the 1950s

  • Exhibition view. Sharon Hayes. Habla, 2012
    May 30 - September 24, 2012

    Using methodological and conceptual strategies drawn from spheres of discourse such as theatre, dance, anthropology, archival work and journalism, the projects of Sharon Hayes (Baltimore, Maryland, 1970) explore the sometimes tense relations between history, politics and language, and they dissect the symbolic and narrative mechanisms through which the collective imaginary is built. In her performances, videos and installations, Hayes shows how the process of documenting a historical event ends up conditioning the way we see that event. She also proposes a critical reflection on topics such as the frictions arising between the public and the private – the personal and the collective – in today's media culture and the cathartic and empowering effect of the act of using one's voice and occupying urban space.

  • Rosemarie Trockel, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn. © VEGAP, Madrid, 2012
    May 23 - September 24, 2012
  • Exhibition view. Nacho Criado. Collaborating Agents, 2012
    May 5 - October 1, 2012

    Nacho Criado

    Collaborating Agents

  • James Coleman. Retake with Evidence, 2007. Video projection. Interpreted by Harvey Keitel. 35 mm Film in proportion 4:3 transferred to video HD © James Coleman
    April 25 - August 27, 2012
  • Exhibition view. Mateo Maté. Personal Universe, 2012 © VEGAP
    March 13 - June 27, 2012

    Mateo Maté

    Personal Universe

    Mateo Maté (Madrid, 1964) uses ordinary objects from daily life, in many cases even objects linked to his own domestic routine, to explore how in late modernity the spaces we inhabit are racked with tension and violence, where what is private and social, political and existential, individual and collective mix together and become blurred. Interested in the potential symbolic value of the cartographic metaphor, Maté creates sculptural and performative spaces which, although they seem familiar to us, are also profoundly unsettling, as if they were plagued with latent dangers, perturbing enigmas. In his work, the Madrid-born artist suggests that in a context such as this one, in which our most immediate surroundings have become undecipherable geographies, full of threats and uncertainties, we must rethink and reinvent the notion of living, we must be capable of surpassing our gaze and concretising once again the spaces and objects around us.

  • Exhibition view. Hans Haacke. Castles in the Air, 2012
    February 15 - July 23, 2012

    Hans Haacke

    Castles in the Air

  • Fernando Millán. Tú y yo, 1968. Unpublished. Collection of Tito Domínguez
    February 9 - September 7, 2012
    Program: Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación

    The inauguration of the Documentation Centre and Library's new exhibition area will feature an exhibition of some of the pieces of experimental art created – outside of official cultural channels – in the mid sixties. These works of art represent a renovation of poetic language and a transgression of established limits. The frontiers between genres become blurred and poets decide to apply their avant-garde spirit to painting, music and theatre.

    Biblioteca y centro de documentación
  • Paloma Polo. Posición aparente, 2012
    January 26 - April 23, 2012
    Program: Fisuras
  • Exhibition view. Emilio Ambasz. Inventions: Architecture and Design, 2011
    December 2, 2011 - January 16, 2012

    Emilio Ambasz

    Inventions: Architecture and Design

    Emilio Ambasz, an Argentine architect and graphic and industrial designer, strives in his projects to "give poetic form to the practical" and he is considered one of the most important forerunners of what is known today as "green architecture." Convinced that any architecture project that does not try to propose new or better forms of existence is not very ethical, Ambasz designs organic spaces that seek harmonious integration between construction and nature, between architecture and landscape, either by burying the buildings, completely or partially, or by taking vegetation to its façades and/or roofs and indoor areas.

  • Exhibition view. Antoni Muntadas: Entre/Between, 2011
    November 23, 2011 - March 26, 2012

    Antoni Muntadas

    Entre/Between

    Considered one of the pioneers of media art and conceptual art in Spain, for over four decades Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942) has been creating projects that foment critical reflection about key issues in the configuration of contemporary experience. His aim is to detect and decode the control and power mechanisms through which hegemonic ways of seeing are built, exploring the decisive role played by the mass media in this process. In his works, which always have a clear processual dimension and often make a direct call for viewer participation, Muntadas uses a number of media, languages and discursive strategies, from interventions in public space to video and photography, from the publication of printed material to the use of Internet and the new digital tools, from multimedia installations to the organisation of multidisciplinary, collaborative research projects.

  • Exhibition view. Soledad Sevilla. Written on the Celestial Bodies, 2011
    November 10, 2011 - February 29, 2012

    Soledad Sevilla

    Written on the Celestial Bodies

    Having studied primary structures at the Computing Centre in Madrid, Soledad Sevilla (1944) creates installations that transform geometry into a subtle reflection on experience, matter, colour and light, intersecting sensitive and specific elements in her sculptures. Written on the celestial bodies, her largest work to date, is a site-specific piece that reproduces the vault of the Palace itself, recreating the image of the night sky.

  • Exhibition view. Locus Solus. Impressions of Raymond Roussel, 2011
    October 26, 2011 - 27 February 2012

    Locus Solus

    Impressions of Raymond Roussel

    The exhibition Locus Solus. Impressions de Raymond Roussel is dedicated to the body of work by the French novelist and poet and its influence on modern and contemporary art. Roussel (1877-1933) was the author of a literary opus made up of rich worlds, filled with spectacle, masks and phantasmagoria and built around the mechanisms and double entendres found in language. In its consideration of Roussel, Locus Solus is also taking a furtive glance at the history of 20th century art.

  • Exhibition view. René Daniëls. An Exhibition Is Always Part of a Greater Whole, 2011
    October 20, 2011 - March 26, 2012

    René Daniëls

    An Exhibition Is Always Part of a Greater Whole

    Multifaceted and complex, the work of René Daniëls (Eindhoven, Holland, 1950) reactivates and reformulates certain key elements of the historical avant-garde movements, attempting to connect the visual arts to literature and to daily life. Irony, ambiguity and double-entendre play a major role in his work, which is also rife with the frictions between abstraction and figuration, between reality and representation. Closer to René Magritte, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp and Marcel Broodthaers than to the neoexpressionist artists of the 1980s with whom he is frequently associated, Daniëls understands painting to be something like fleece, like a play of appearances and disappearances, while at the same time believing that a work of art cannot be detached from its social context and that artists must avoid any inclination towards hermeticism and self-absorption.

  • Exhibition view. alighiero boetti. game plan, 2011
    October 5 - February 5, 2012

    Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994), who identified with arte povera early in his career but soon distanced himself from this movement, was a prolific, unclassifiable artist who, trying to avoid any form of artistic self absorption, explored different modes and degrees of collaboration throughout his career. His oeuvre can be placed within the context of relational aesthetics and in his art notions such as multiplicity, duality and division play a key role (thus his decision in 1972 to starting signing his work Alighiero e Boetti) and a balance is sought between the intellectual and the sensible, order and disorder, individuality and collectivity. Fusing conceptual rigour, a vocation towards the experimental and a playful spirit, Boetti always allows chance and coincidence to influence his work. His work, strongly poetic and iconic, uses a wide range of techniques and tools – from drawing and painting to mail art or the production of handicrafts – and it conceives of the spectator as an accomplice or even a playmate.