Exhibition

A Short Century: MACBA Collection

Jean-Michel Basquiat. 'Self Portrait' 1986

Jean-Michel Basquiat. 'Self Portrait' 1986

  • Fecha:
    Ongoing display
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    Sales del museu

This exhibition offers a chronological look at the MACBA Collection from 1929 to the present. In 1929, Barcelona hosted the International Exposition, for which Mies van der Rohe, in collaboration with Lilly Reich, designed the German Pavilion or ‘Barcelona Pavilion’. That same year, on the initiative of Josep Lluís Sert and Josep Torres i Clavé, the GATCPAC (Group of Catalan Architects and Technicians for the Progress of Contemporary Architecture) was founded. In Paris, André Breton wrote the Second Surrealist Manifesto and a group of abstract artists led by Joaquín Torres-García and Michel Seuphor founded Cercle et Carré. 1929 also saw the opening of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the publication of Virginia Woolf’s feminist essay, A Room of One’s Own. This is the cultural context that initiates the new presentation. It includes many key works in a number of spaces dedicated to emblematic moments or decades. Curated by the MACBA team, special attention is given to the changing presentations and experiences of art through these nine decades or ‘short century’.

The presentation is designed to tell the history of modern and contemporary art through the particular perspectives, politics and themes that have been developed in the MACBA Collection since its inception. It is also a history presented specifically from the perspective of Barcelona. Thus dates such as 1929, and all the subsequent periods, are rooted in the city. The Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers visited the Exposition specifically to see the Barcelona Pavilion, an emblem of international utopian modernism. The transformation of the city and its engagement with modernisation is examined in dialogue with the work of early modernists Alexander Calder, Joaquin Torres-Garcia and Alberto, among others.

Curated by MACBA's curatorial team.

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Data inici:
From 03 Oct.
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to 19 Dec. 2019
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visits to the temporary exhibition and the Collection

Data inici:
From 05 Oct. 2019
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to 19 Apr. 2020
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Visita-taller a la Colección. Primaria

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Curso escolar 2019-2020
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Recorrido por la Colección. Secundaria, bachillerato y ciclos formativos

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Curso escolar 2019-2020
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Data inici:
04 May 2019
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Sales d'exposició
Data inici:
18 May 2019
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Sales del museu
Data inici:
From 20 Oct. 2018
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to 23 Mar. 2019
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Sales d'exposició

A cargo de Julia Ramírez Blanco y Lior Zalis

Data inici:
From 17 Sep. 2018
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to 31 May 2019
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Aula 0

Visita a la Colección

Data inici:
From 08 Oct. 2018
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to 14 June 2019
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Sales del museu

Visitas exclusivas para los Amigos del MACBA

Data inici:
07 Nov. 2018
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Sales del museu

Course on the MACBA Collection

Data inici:
From 15 Oct.
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to 19 Nov. 2018
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Auditori Meier

20 Dancers for the XX Century

Data inici:
From 27 Oct.
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to 28 Oct. 2018
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Sales del museu
Data inici:
06 Apr. 2019
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Sales d'exposició

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