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  • 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 Unpublished.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.

  • Exhibition view. Andreas Fogarasi. La ciudad de color/Vasarely Go Home, 2011
    September 14, 2011 - January 9, 2012

    Andreas Fogarasi

    La ciudad de color/Vasarely Go Home

    Program: Fisuras
  • Der Arbeiter Fotograf. Neuer Deutcher Verlag. Berlin, N. 10, 1929. Illustrated magazine. Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid
    24 agosto - 30 noviembre, 2011
    Program: Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación

    This exhibition features a selection of magazines acquired on the occasion of the exhibition A Hard, Merciless Light. The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939. The magazines show the link between documentary expression and working-class consciousness, exploring the importance of images in the founding of a new political and social ideal and suggesting that the struggle for power begins with the struggle for representation.

    Biblioteca y centro de documentación
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