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  • 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.

  • José María Sicilia. Flor Óxido rojo, 1987. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    21 april, 1988 - 3 july, 1988

    José María Sicilia (Madrid, 1954) is one of the most preeminent representatives of Spanish painting in the Eighties. He embarks upon his artistic career in the San Fernando Fine Arts School in Madrid and then subsequently moves to Paris, in 1980, where he meets two other equally important Spanish artists of the time, Miquel Barceló and Miguel Ángel Campano, along with José Manuel Broto and Ferrán García Sevilla.

  • Joel-Peter Witkin. Las Meninas (Self-Portrait after Velázquez), 1987. Photography. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    18 april, 1988 - 13 june, 1988

    The photography of Joel-Peter Witkin (New York, 1939) does not go by unnoticed since his core themes of sex, pain and death are explored with great intensity and sordidness. Teeming with pornographic nudity and references to Art History, for the artist his work is a medium through which he sees and re-enacts fantasies not found in everyday life.

  • Exhibition view. A Century of Modern Sculpture. The Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, 1988
    6 april, 1988 - 5 june, 1988

    Contemporary sculpture is characterised by a variety of unprecedented styles, themes and mediums. The Nasher Collection is one of the most representative and complete private sculpture collections in the twentieth century that faithfully reflects this diversity. The pieces, amassed by Raymond Nasher since the Sixties, are spread out in Dallas between his house and NorthPark, an office complex and shopping centre created by Nasher himself.

  • Exhibition view. Minimal Art from the Panza Collection, 1988
    24 march, 1988 - 31 december, 1988

    During the first half of the Seventies, a series of American artists develop a set of aesthetic approaches that aim to free art from its function of representation - associated with figurative tradition - as well as its ideological content. Thus, with the use of related volumes, materials and mediums that identify a work of art solely with itself, Minimalism is born.

  • Exhibition view. Marcel Odenbach, 1988
    8 march, 1988 - 2 may, 1988

    When Marcel Odenbach (Cologne, Germany, 1953) begins to exhibit his work in West Germany in the Seventies the art scene is dominated by American art, apart from the work of a handful of artists such as Joseph Beuys. Yet the work of Odenbach is based on different principles and has more experimental leanings with its use performance and audiovisual materials.

  • Antoni Muntadas. Monumento genérico, 1987 - 1988. Installation. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    11 february, 1988 - 27 march, 1988

    One of the most salient characteristics of the work of Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942) is the use of mass media content for art purposes. The broad vision of his work, as well as the diversity of visible interests and mediums, is portrayed in this Muntadas exhibition in the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Four works spanning from 1978 to 1987 are reconstructed in the exhibition halls in addition to five video pieces and two compositions created solely within the context of the exhibition: the installation Situación and the catalogue piece Híbridos.

  • Exhibition view. Carl André, 1988
    8 february, 1988 - 29 april, 1988

    Carl Andre (Quincy, USA, 1935) is one of the key figures of Minimal Art, developed at the beginning of the Sixties in the USA. The artist has fashioned his own highly recognisable style, taking the literal nature of the materials to the extreme in the development of his sculptures as his work pays heed to the fundamental principles of the movement.

  • Pablo Picasso. Estudio para una cabeza llorando (I). Dibujo preparatorio para Guernica, 1937. Drawing. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    29 january, 1988 - 13 march, 1988

    The exhibition El siglo de Picasso (A Century of Picasso) brings together works from the Spanish avant-garde produced among thirty-four artists between 1910 and 1970, the majority from overseas collections. The exhibit is part of the exhibition programme Five Centuries of Spanish Art, whose journey begins in Paris. It is divided into five chapters linked to important historical events and also includes two detours to take in other significant historical phenomena.

  • 28 january, 1988 - 29 march, 1988

    The eighteen painters and sculptors comprising ACTA 88 bear witness to the general panorama of plastic arts in Madrid at a particular moment in time. This exhibition enables the artistic output and circumstances surrounding the epoch to be recorded, representing a kind of cross-section of the most up-to-date creativity in Spain.