Covert of the Francesc Torres book
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Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Presentation of the book La campana hermètica, by Francesc Torres

Conversation between Francesc Torres and Joan Ricart
in progress

Using an autobiographical piece on display at the MACBA, The Hermetic Bell. Space for a Non-Transferable Anthropology as his starting point, Francesc Torres takes a look back and brings us lucid, honest, substantial and sharp memories that interweave personal biography with the evolution of art and universal history.  

A video art pioneer with exhibitions all over the world (Whitney Museum, MoMA, International Center of Photography, Nationalgalerie, The State Russian Museum…), Torres has been a leading player and a privileged witness to the evolution of contemporary art and major events such as May ’68 or the terrorist attacks of September 11 in New York, where he has lived much of his life.

dates
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
timetable
7:00 pm
price
Free admission with previous booking required. Limited capacity. 
title
Presentation of the book La campana hermètica, by Francesc Torres
location
Meier Auditorium
dates
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
title
Presentation of the book La campana hermètica, by Francesc Torres
timetable
7:00 pm
location
Meier Auditorium
price
Free admission with previous booking required. Limited capacity. 
participant
Francesc Torres
Barcelona
1948
Francesc Torres (Barcelona, 1948) worked as an apprentice in his father’s printing workshop and to trained as a graphic artist. In 1967 he moved to Paris to continue his art studies at the École des Beaux Arts and became an assistant to the artist Piotr Kowalski. During this time he began producing work with a non-functional, industrial appearance and followed the strategies of Minimalism in its formal and material basis. Yet, the tumultuous events of May 1968 redirected his activities and he worked on posters for the May ’68 movement of workers and students until it collapsed under the force of de Gaulle’s conservative government. He moved back to Spain to do his military service, something, which as he stated, provided him ‘with a first-hand insight into military behaviour as well as a great deal of information for my subsequent work’. Shortly after he moved to Chicago and then to New York, where he has lived since 1974. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in institutions such as the International Center of Photography (New York), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (Valencia), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, USA), Sala Rekalde (Bilbao), Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, Arizona), Queens Museum of Art (New York) and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, New York).
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