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Force fields

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA, Barcelona

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'Force fields: an essay on the kinetic' proposes a new reading of the art produced between 1930 and 1970, approximately; taking the first mobiles by Alexander Calder and the work created by Georges Vantongerloo after 1945 as its thematic key, the show will trace an ongoing concern with art as a possible model of the universe. Keeping within the parameters of the ‘abstract’ or the non-representational, it will set out to follow a strong yet concealed line of development in 20th-century art: art as a process of speculation about the foundations of matter and the cosmos, metaphors of space and time, traces of energy, the transformation of matter, aesthetic structures paralleling those of nature, meditations on flux and the void, new ways of understanding the body in space and space in the body, and so on.

In part, the exhibition will imply a re-evaluation of certain aspects of the kinetic art of the sixties, a current that has often been ignored or trivialised in art history. There has been a need for some time now for a new engagement with some of these works, above all by the younger generations, who have no first-hand experience of the ‘language of movement’. At the same time the show will draw out the significant connections between different working groups which art historians have traditionally regarded as opposed to one another or mutually antagonistic, such as the ‘concrete’ and ‘informal’ tendencies in the fifties.

Among the artists represented in this show are classics such as Constantin Brancusi, Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Naum Gabo, Kasimir Malevich, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian and Georges Vantongerloo. There will also be a major Latin American presence, with artists such as Sergio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Gego, Julio Le Parc, Helio Oiticica and Jesús Rafael Soto. There will also be an important section devoted to drawing, with works by Sol LeWitt, Wols, Henry Michaux, Jean Tinguely, Takis and Lucio Fontana, among others.

Exhibition produced and organized by the MACBA
Curator: Guy Brett

With the collaboration of the British Council in Barcelona

MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona Tel. (34) 934 120 810 Fax (34) 934 124 602

Museum hours:
Daily: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesday
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

General admission: 775 Ptas.
Wednesday (Visistor’s Day): 375 Ptas.

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dal 24/11/2015 al 29/11/2015

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