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El retorno de lo imaginario

Realismos entre XIX y XXI (Tributo a Juan Antonio Ramírez)

20 May - 27 September, 2010
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Sabatini Building, Floor 3

In their efforts to distance themselves from a linear narrative of modernity, The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía addresses the Museum's vision as not merely a container of objects, but as an entity capable of producing new discourses for their Collection and generating new knowledge. For this reason through Two Different Readings of the Collection, two exhibitions have opened at the same time about the meaning of collecting and relating the Museum's Collection from two different points of view. Artists Rosa Barba and Juan Luis Moraza, have made an exhaustive study on the Museum's Collection to then choose a selection of works which can offer the public two alternative visions and proposals on the Collection.

In El retorno de lo imaginario curated by artist and theorist Juan Luis Moraza, a path is traced regarding the survival of realism and its different types throughout the History of Art, in an exhibition which is also a tribute to Juan Antonio Ramírez, firm advocate of the History of Art as iconic-verbal discourse.

Twenty-first century art can be unexpectedly considered similar to late nineteenth century art. What is discerned as art from the beginning of this century does not indicate so much a return to what is "real" but the persistence of what is imagined in new forms of realism. In this exhibition the works are placed in a variegated arrangement, which aims to eliminate the isolation that would result from contemplating each piece separately. This way, there is an effort to enhance the relationships between them in order to offer an image of a constellation, an orderly but open system, formed by the bonds between the works.

The analysis of the meaning of collecting and of stories that contain a collection arise through more than 200 pieces - among objects, documents, sculptures, paintings, etc. - ranging from the late nineteenth century until today, displayed as a large, temporal diagram, organised representationally. In chronological terms, the walls are organised into three time bands: the upper band corresponds to works of the nineteenth century, between 1881 and 1907, the middle one to works of the twentieth century, between 1900 and 1980, and the lower band to works from the twentieth century, from 1980 to the present day. In representational terms, the exhibition is divided into three zones, based on three main types of realism corresponding to three sign types. Moraza’s proposal aims to recognise continuities in contemporary art, where historiography has established discontinuities.

Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Curatorship: 
Juan Luis Moraza
Artists:
Berenice Abbott, Javier Aguirre, Andreu Alfaro, Alphonse Allais, Fernando Alvárez de Sotomayor, Francis Alÿs, Tony Antal Szimai, Jesús Arencibia, Elena Asins, Astruc, José Manuel Ballester, Nono Bandera, Jules Bècon, Manuel Benedito, Marie Bernardo, Elena Blasco, Miguel Blay i Fabregas, Louise Bourgeois, André Breton, Rafael Canogar, Paul Caponigro, Ramón Casas i Carbó, Francesc Català-Roca, Lothar Charoux, Carlos Chevilly, Eduardo Chillida, Christo (Christo Javacheff), Rafael Cidoncha, Charles Clifford, Chuck Close (Charles Thomas Close), Alvin Langdon Coburn, Emile Cohl, CVA, CVA (María Luisa Fernández [Villarejo de Órbigo, León, 1955]; Juan Luis Moraza [Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, 1960]), Rubén D. Ortiz-Torres, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Óscar Domínguez, Gustav Doré, Antonio Doz, Marcel Duchamp, Rogelio de Egusquiza, Equipo Crónica (Manuel Valdés [Valencia, 1942]; Rafael Solbes [Valencia, 1940-1981]), Elliott Erwitt, Pepe Espaliú, Jan Fabre, Alfredo Felices, José Fernández Marcote, Horacio Ferrer de Morgado, Antonio Flórez, Lucio Fontana, Joan Fontcuberta, Frida Forte, Terry Fox, Gala (Elena Ivanovna Diakonova), Clara Gangutia, Concha García , Cristina García Rodero, Miguel Angel Gaüeca, Nan Goldin, Julio González, Daniel González Ruiz, Luis Gordillo, Dan Graham, Juan Gris (José Victoriano González Pérez), George Grosz (Georg Ehrenfried), José Gutiérrez Solana, Hans Hartung, Mateo Hernández, Gary Hill, David Hockney, Candida Höfer, Rebecca Horn, Valentine Hugo, Pello Irazu, José Jiménez, Julio Antonio (Julio Antonio Rodríguez Hernández), Vassily Kandinsky, Kaulak (Antonio Cánovas del Castillo y Vallejo), J.B. Kerfoot, Paul Klee, Nina Osipovna Kogan, Ko-Shinnus, Joseph Kosuth, Pierre Charles Lenoir, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Laura Lío, Mark Lombardi, Eva Lootz, Julio López, José María López Mezquita, Chip Lord, Edward Lucie-Smith, Loretta Lux, Chema Madoz, Maruja Mallo (Ana María Gómez González), Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky), Eduardo Martínez Vázquez, Maygrier, F.M. Melchers, Ana Mendieta, Duane Michals, Henri Michaux, Joan Miró, Mitsuo Miura, Manuel Mompó (Manuel Hernández Mompó), Giorgio Morandi, Albino Moreira da Cunha, Robert Morris, Matt Mullican, Deimantas Narkevicius, Isidre Nonell, José Ortells, Antonio Ortiz Echagüe, Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Palazuelo, Benjamín Palencia, Luis Palmero, Santiago Pelegrín Martínez, Juan Pérez Aguirregoikoa, Pablo Picasso (Pablo Ruiz Picasso), Ana Prada, Agustín Querol, Luis Quintanilla, Yvonne Rainer, Darío de Regoyos, Miguel Rio Branco, Pedro G. Romero, Santiago Rusiñol, Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, Lindley Sambourne, Francisco Sancha Lengo, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Alfonso Sánchez García, Medardo Sanmartí y Aguiló, Maruch Sántiz Gómez, Antonio Saura, Sean Scully, Eusebio Sempere, Pablo Serrano, Soledad Sevilla, Joel Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Sandy Skoglund, José Solana (José Gutiérrez Solana), Susana Solano, Xul Solar (Óscar Agustín Alejandro Schulz Solari), Alfred Stieglitz, Christer Strömholm, Tony Stubbing, Margarita Suárez, Antoni Tàpies, Josefa Tolrà i Abril, Gustavo Torner, Milagros de la Torre, Joaquín Torres García, Salvador Tusset y Tusset, Darío Urzay, Javier de Winthuysen y Losada, Joel-Peter Witkin View more

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