BACK TO THE FUTURE: 10 AVANT-GARDE EXHIBITIONS IN MADRID 2017

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Exhibitions in Madrid 2017, a voyage into the avant-gardes. 10 exhibits showcase the past and most recent strives for the future of art and their meaning.

exhibitions in Madrid 2017

LEWIS BALTZ

exhibitions in Madrid 2017

exhibitions in Madrid 2017 – Lewis Baltz 

Fundaciòn Mapfre, February 9th – June 4th 2017

This exhibition celebrates two noticeable first-times: Baltz’s work comes for the first time in Spain and it’s the first showcase after his death in 2014. As a photographer of downtown America, of “landscape as a real estate”, he ended his career with the 2013 Venezia Marghera series. He portrayed the existing contrasts between the ancient city of decadent beauty and its renewed commercial port. The collected works belong to his first active period in the 60s, and to the 70s up to his last years.

RAFAEL MONEO: A THEORETICAL REFLECTION FROM THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, April 4th – June 11th 2017

The first major retrospective of one of the Thyssen Museum’s architects comes from the Fundaciòn Barriè in La Coruña. After designing the Museum of Roman Art in Merida, the Terminal for San Pablo Airport in Siviglia during EXPO 1992, and the Fundaciòn Miro in Palma de Mallorca, Rafael Moneo busied himself with the renovation of Palacio de Villahermosa, home to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Designs, architectural models and photographs of the 1996 Pritzker laureate are showcased in the exhibit, together with unfinished and unrealised designs.

ESCHER

Palacio de Gaviria, February 1st – June 25th 2017

After gaining major success in the rest of Europe, the retrospective on the master of symmetry comes to Spain. 200 works, ranging from his first symmetries to the later interest for impossible constructions, are showcased in the recently re-opened Palacio de Gaviria, a long lost jewel of the capital that has served as a club until 2000.

ROSA BARBA – SOLAR FLUX RECORDINGS

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofìa, May 17th – August 27th 2017

Italian Post-modern artist based in Berlin, Rosa Barba presents in the Palacio de Cristal of Retro Park a site-based project. The project engages “in a dialogue with the idiosyncrasies of this nineteenth-century space”. The exhibit follows Barba’s line of incorporating her artistic practice into the architectures hosting her works. Thanks to the miscellaneous use of celluloid and filmic materials, both in materiality and concept, she transposes contradiction and irony in a conceptual universe that transcends reality.

FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER: A PLACE FOR THE BODY

Palacio Velásquez, April 6th – September 7th 2017

The first major monographic showcase in Spain on the avant-gardist genius from Fulda. Sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographical documents trace the path of his career and the building of his vision. For Walther, the human body in itself is a sculpture. Sculptures are inhabitable spaces whose semblance and significance change according to the viewers’ visual perception. They are “places for the body”. The instalment contributes to this vision, providing the viewers with the opportunity to absorb and analyse the showcased works with large empty spaces and stripped naked walls.

KOBRO AND STRZEMINSKI: AVANT-GARD PROTOTYPES

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofìa, April 25th – September 18th 2017

The exhibit summaries the 40-year-long career (from 1910s to the early 50s) of Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński, two major figures of central European avant-garde. He formulated the theory of Unism, while she theorised the absolute objectivism of the form. They both refer to art as an experiment is its pure form. They have explored the path of minimalism and reductionism well before it became the main strive of the avant-gardists.

The showcased pieces range from painting, sculptures, graphic and industrial design, giving the viewer an overall-look on the polyhedral geniuses of these extraordinary Polish artists.  

LEE LOZANO – PULLING OUT THE STOPS

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofìa, May 30th – September 25th 2017

Lee Lozano is the artist of provocation, of the utmost refuse of social structure. She completed her swan song, “Drop Out Piece”, in 1972, and thus separated herself from the art system forever. It’s the right ending to an artistic career born in provocation and matured in the consciousness of the inevitable destiny of art: the disintegration in life. The exhibit focuses on revealing her interest for science, mathematics and her identification with Herbert Marcuse’s idea of sensuality and play. The showcased works include a vast selection of highly erotic drawings and paintings, displaying hybrids of body organs and working utensils.

SOROLLA EN SU PARAISO

Museo Sorolla, April 7th – October 1st 2017

Hosted in the artist’s house-become-museum, the exhibit aims to reconstruct the creative environment of Joaquìn Sorolla and the cultural entourage in Spain in the years between the Revoluciòn of 1868 and Primo de Riveira’s military dictatorship. The portraits of the most famous Spanish post-impressionist, author of “Children on the seashore”, belong to renown photographers of that time: Antonio Garcia, George Harris, Martha Ewing and Gertrude Käsebier.

SONJA DELAUNAY: ART, DESIGN AND FASHION

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, July 4th – October 15th 2017

Wife to Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay-Terk has been a protagonist of the Parisian avant-garde. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of her family’s voyage to Madrid, the Thyssen Museum hosts the first Spanish monographic exhibition on Sonya Delaunay. As it’s said in the title, the focus is on her artistic versatility. Paintings, designs for textiles and clothes, her collaborations with poets and set designers are all showcased. Her style of abstract forms and contrasting colours is easily recognisable in each piece. As well as the influences of her husband’s own artistic production.

MARIO PEDROSA: ON THE AFFECTIVE NATURE OF FORM

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofìa, April 28th  –  October 16th 2017

One of the most influential thinkers of Latin America in the 20th century, Pedrosa wrote in 1949 his doctoral thesis: “On the affective nature of form”. He combined his interest for form and affect and exposed his theory of art as a vital necessity and communicative impulse present in every human being. The affectivity of form relies on the fact that every artists choses his artistic mean and language according to their own psychological world and experience. The exhibit is intended as a tribute to his work and gathers a series of Brazilian and international art pieces that contribute to reconstruct Pedrosa’s artistic thought.

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