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Impure Vision. Works from the Permanent Collection

February 14 - September 11, 2006
Nouvel Building, Floor 1

The exhibition La visión impura (Impure Vision) presents a selection of works recently acquired by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and does so using the title to highlight the fact that the art produced in the latter part of the 20th century undermines any notion of purely visual art.

The installations, performances and video pieces, paintings, photography and sculptures all portray the hybridised nature of mixed media and heterogeneous mediums in contemporary artistic production. The viewers, aware of this diversity, are equally invited to respond to the methods of plural observation, feel the experience of a composition, combine glances and gazes, deem that there are works that require knowledge, or a theory, that helps to gain a better understanding, and others that demand a more poetic view that touches upon meaning.

This selection of works from over forty artists, the majority displayed for the first time in the rooms of the Museo, represent the complexity of the relationship between the viewer and the work of art; therefore, the exhibition puts forward ideas on the interests and practices that define the most current art, in the process helping to outline a broader discourse on how the artwork is received and how it is visualised.

The exhibition aims to take a closer look at one of the key aspects of how the work is received: the assertion that the visual goes beyond optical characteristics. Therefore, it portrays the normalisation that has been produced over recent decades in certain artistic practices that work to exceed these optical characteristics of art, the infallibility of the work and the specific and immediate sensorial dimension. Other works look at what is invisible, veiled and hidden, what goes unnoticed, and the presence of sound and tactile visibility.

Furthermore, the exhibition considers the relationship between the visual and the textual - beyond perception, in every work of vision there is also a work of interpretation. This joins the consideration that there does not exist pure mediums, that all mediums, from the perspective of sensorial methods, are mixed.


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