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.
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.
À rebours. La rebelión informalista 1939-1968 gathers work by seventy-three artists from varied backgrounds and offers a thorough review of what Informalism means historically and historiographically. Dore Ashton, curator of the exhibition, renounces a genealogy where geographical factors are a priority so that different names are used depending on the location for the same trend (tachisme, art autre, lyrical Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism).