July 18, 2013 - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - ART, TWO POINTS. BARCELONA LIVES CONTEMPORARY ART at MACBA and the CaixaForum Barcelona
July 18, 2013

ART, TWO POINTS. BARCELONA LIVES CONTEMPORARY ART at MACBA and the CaixaForum Barcelona

Left: Joan Rabascall, Atomic Kiss, 1968. MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council Collection. © Joan Rabascall, MACBA, Barcelona, 2013. Photo: Tony Coll. Right: Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1985. “la Caixa” Collection. © Jannis Kounellis, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2013.

ART, TWO POINTS. BARCELONA LIVES CONTEMPORARY ART
Opening: 18 July 2013

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona

CaixaForum Barcelona
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
08038 Barcelona

www.artdospunts.com
www.macba.cat
www.caixaforum.com/agenda

More than 125 artists and 400 works

Exhibition organised jointly and shown simultaneously at the Museu d’Art Contemporani of Barcelona (MACBA) and the CaixaForum Barcelona


The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and “la Caixa” Foundation present for the first time in the city an unconventional story written with the art of today that questions the different episodes of agreements and disagreements between modernity and the avant-garde. ART, TWO POINTS. BARCELONA LIVES CONTEMPORARY ART confronts the city with its vocation for innovation and experimentation, with its risk-taking spirit and the transversality of the arts.

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Until 6 January 2014

In the city of Barcelona, an oscillating dialogue has taken place between transforming modernity and the impulse of the radical, revolutionary avant-gardes. Although the avant-garde appeared only timidly and sporadically in the opening decades of the 20th century, its meanings have been woven in and out of the public consciousness of the city and its representation.

ART, TWO POINTS at MACBA presents a rather unconventional vision of this dialogue between modernity and the avant-garde. Rather than providing a chronological guide, the exhibition is structured around basic themes that interrogate works and documents from the past through the prism of contemporary creativity. The 1888 Universal Exposition and the 1929 International Exposition raised Barcelona’s awareness of modernity and laid the foundations for a present that, unfolding new artistic facets and groundbreaking aesthetic proposals, has lasted even to our day. The show traces this trajectory as far as the institutionalisation of the art avant-garde in the 1980s and 90s and the new positioning of Barcelona as a city integrated into the global culture and economy.

More than 350 works by such artists as Ignasi Aballí, Frederic Amat, Joan Brossa, Eduardo Chillida, Pep Duran, Lucio Fontana, Eulàlia Grau, Richard Hamilton, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Jenny Holzer, Paul Klee, Antoni Llena, Muntadas, Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Antoni Tàpies, and Jeff Wall, amongst others, guide us through this journey.

CaixaForum Barcelona
Until 29 December 2013

At CaixaForum, ART, TWO POINTS traces the transition between the emancipating utopias of the late-modern period and turn-of-the-century artistic practices, which transmit the concerns of the post-modern generation. The existentialist spirit that has nourished artistic manifestations since the post-war period links up to the anguish of an art that questions the old, western aesthetic discourse, bourgeois and masculine. The new sensibility generated by scepticism about universal principles enables the many different voices of society to be heard, the afflictions of the individual dispossessed of centrality to be transmitted. Fragmentation, break-up, pain and the body erupt as new artistic subjects in an ever-smaller world.

The works featured at CaixaForum express critical, at times irreverent attitudes, as well as personal and emotive approaches exploring questions of identity, difference and vulnerability. The artists represented also include more existentialist voices, including the likes of Jannis Kounellis, Joseph Beuys, and Nancy Spero, seen alongside pieces by Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Robert Gober, Pepe Espaliú, Félix González-Torres, Miroslaw Balka, Janine Antoni, Cindy Sherman, Rosemarie Trockel, and Guillén-Balmes, amongst others.

More information: artdospunts.com

Activities
A programme of parallel activities aimed at all audiences will be organised around the exhibition ART, TWO POINTS. Some activities take place at both venues, others only at MACBA and still others only at CaixaForum. Full programme: artdospunts.com.


 

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