Idea: Painting-Force presents a set of works produced in Spain between the years 1976 and 1984, a historical period of profound social and cultural transformations. The exhibition looks at a specific situation of the Spanish artistic scene, in which the crisis of the avant-garde and of the idea of modernity becomes visible through the pictorial practice, understood as a territory for thought and the production of creative strategies, of the five artists represented: Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Ángel Campano, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, Juan Navarro Baldeweg and Manolo Quejido.
History of the art is not only done by historians, but by the own artists. The aim of this exhibition is to examine the biographical forms in the modern art and will assemble 250 works (paintings, sculptures, photos, extracts of movies, etc.) from Gérard de Nerval, Edvard Munch, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Claude Cahun, Francesca Woodman, Phillip Guston or Jeff Wall, Frank Kafka, Tadeusz Kantor, August Strindberg or Robert Bresson.
The Reina Sofia presents a selection of important works from its Collection in order to bring the public into closer contact with the artistic languages that developed during the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition, curated by the Museum’s Director Manuel Borja-Villel, Head of Collections Rosario Peiró and Art Historian Beatriz Herráez, was orgnaized by the Museum as part of the “Uses of Art” project by the European museums network L’Internationale.