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Primera generación. Arte e imagen en movimiento (1963-1986)

November 7, 2006 - April 2, 2007
Sabatini Building, Floor 3

This exhibition is an overview to understand how the recording, transmission and reproduction technology of sound and images born in 1950, and technically different from cinema, became artistic media. It examines the influence of technology and mass culture in social and artistic changes in an era of cultural acceleration and proliferation of ideas. In this way 1968 marks a before and after, as that was the year when a relatively affordable portable television appeared on the market, opening up the media to a vast new group of people.

This exhibition focuses on the work of the first generation of video-artists, through videos belonging to the Collection along with a small group of works on loan, structured around the different approaches and ideas of the artists. They are inspired by Fluxus, criticism of commercial television, the relationship between the media and the viewer, Feminism, Performance and the legacy of Minimalism and Conceptual Art.

An important group of works by women artists on the international scene is present in the exhibition. During this period of artistic research and political explosion, they contribute significantly to the development of video as an artistic language and produce a number of works full of coherence. It is in this environment where they find their own voice against discriminatory policies inside and outside the art world. The exhibition includes works on topics ranging from perception to performance, whose references are very different: painting, film and minimalism. Along with Fluxus documentaries there is a group of pioneering work exhibited by Wolf Vostell, Nam June Paik, Whitman and Takahiko Iimura's work, which uses closed circuit video that he invented to explore the idea of feedback.

Another group of works are related to television as a physical and immaterial body: information, manipulation, time and light. The critical attitude toward television and the media industry, and the manipulation of television information as a strategy to question perception, are represented by Spanish artists such as Antoni Muntadas (to whom the Museum dedicated the 1988 individual exhibition) or Eugènia Balcells (who also had an individual exhibition at the Museo Reina Sofía in 1995), which subjects television images to processes of abstraction and manipulation in order to expose culturally coded notions.


Current exhibitions

  • Exhibition view. Ree Morton. Be a Place, Place an Image, Imagine a Poem, 2015
    May 20 - September 28, 2015

    Ree Morton

    Be a Place, Place an Image, Imagine a Poem

  • Exhibition view. Carl Andre. Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010, 2015
    May 5 - October 12, 2015 Palacio de Velázquez. Parque del Retiro

    Carl Andre

    Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

  • Vista de sala de la exposición. Federico Guzmán. Tuiza. Las culturas de la jaima, 2015
    April 16 – August 30, 2015

    Federico Guzmán

    Tuiza. The Cultures of the Bedouin Tent

  • Paul Klee. Baldgreis, 1922. Oil on cardboard, 40.3 x 37.4 cm. Kunstmuseum Basel © Kunstmuseum Basel
    March 18 - September 14, 2015

    White Fire

    The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection

  • Pablo Picasso. Buveuse d’absinthe (The Absinthe Drinker), 1901. Oil on canvas, 81 x 60 cm. Im Obersteg Foundation, permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel. Photography: Mark Gisler, Müllheim
    March 18 - September 14, 2015

    Collectionism and Modernity

    Two Case Studies: The Im Obersteg and Rudolf Staechelin Collections

  • Exhibition view. Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, 2015
    February 11 - July 13, 2015

    Not Yet

    On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism