Activities Courses and seminars

Art and society: the last fifty years (1949-1999)

01 Oct. to 12 Dec. 1999

The course on contemporary art and culture is envisaged as a permanent activity of the Museum, taking place each autumn. The course is planned as an introduction to contemporary art within the historico-temporal framework of the collection. During this first year, the course posits a more general approach, while at the same time taking note of connections with the different areas of the collection and with the temporary exhibitions programme. In the years to come, however, the course will concentrate on more specific aspects of contemporary art, but always in terms of the relationship between these and the exhibitions programme.

In this way the courses are designed to assist in constructing a ongoing reflection on a series of central themes, such as the concept of contemporaneity as such, the role of culture as an element of cohesion in a fragmented society, the construction of individual identities in a globalized world, and the exploration of the new modes of production and transmission of art.

Programme

Valeriano Bozal. The informalist explosion
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Josep Fontana. 1945, year 0: reconstruction, growth and consensus in post-war Europe.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Martí Peran. The 60s and 70s, precursors of the art of the 90s
Universitat de Barcelona

Francisco Fernández-Buey. The culture of the counter-culture: from Mayo 68 to the end of the Vietnam War
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Miren Etxezarreta. The impact of European incorporation.
Economist

Simón Marchán Fiz. The art of the concept.
Professor of Aesthetics and essayist

Josep Ramoneda. The eighties: crisis of the welfare state, neoliberalism, overthrow of the Utopias.
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Manel Clot. The moment of the eighties.
Art critic

Eduard Bru. Architecture and city.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

José Luis Brea. Art and new technologies.
Facultad de Bellas Artes de Cuenca

Assumpta Bassas. The feminist desire.
Universitat de Barcelona

Marcelo Expósito. The return of political art?
Artist

Closing remarks
Manuel J. Borja-Villel. MACBA

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