February 19, 2014 - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) - The Marvelous Real
February 19, 2014

The Marvelous Real

Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Arquitectura para el caballo (still), 2002. DVD, color video with sound, 5:30 minutes. MUSAC Collection. © Fernando Sánchez Castillo. Courtesy MUSAC.

The Marvelous Real
Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Art
from The MUSAC Collection 

February 15–May 11, 2014

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku
Tokyo 135-0022


As part of 400th anniversary of the Japan-Spain relations program, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is presenting The Marvelous Real, an exhibition featuring 50 works by 27 artists from Spain and Latin American countries selected from the collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC).

Realism has featured in Spanish art since the 17th century through exponents such as Velázquez and Goya. The “real” of Spanish art does not refer to technique in which the subject is replicated in fine detail, but derives from the obsession to depict what they see as the “real.” The result can often be a vivid exaggeration of everyday scenes, and arguably this is generated from the unique and highly charged relationship between life and death. This exhibition suggests a way of being, The Marvelous Real, where the “real” clearly reveals itself in the conflict between the excesses of life and the shadows of death.

Curated by:
Yuko Hasegawa (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)
Kristine Guzmán (General Coordinator, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León)
Hikari Odaka (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)

Exhibition staff:
Kazuhiko Yoshizaki (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)
Koré Escobar (Chief Registrar, MUSAC)
Raquel Álvarez (Assistant Registrar, MUSAC)
Pablo Bernabé (Restorer, MUSAC)

Organized by:
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León/Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Supported by:
Embassy of Spain in Japan

Granted by:
Nomura Foundation

In cooperation with:
NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.

Exhibition catalogue:
The Marvelous Real

Press contact:
Kumiko Ohara
k-ohara [​at​] mot-art.jp / T +81 (0) 3 5245 1134 / F +81 (0) 3 5245 1141


Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo presents The Marvelous Real
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