Exhibition

MACBA Collection

04 May to 31 Dec. 2009

Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner "Some Objects of Desire", 2004

When Time as Matter was presented at MACBA in May 2009 it took up the Museum's exhibition spaces in their entirety: the three floors of the Meyer building, the Capella MACBA and the MACBA Study Center. The exhibition assembled a total of 320 works, which presented the Museum's most recent acquisitions and highlighted the new lines of research that had been guiding it since 2008.

The works on the ground floor offered a representative and relatively autonomous overview of the themes of the exhibition, and they remained on display once the larger Time as Matter project had come to an end. This smaller showcase began with documentation on the exhibition Contemporary American Painting in the Collections of the New York MoMA – which had been held at Barcelona's Palau de la Virreina in 1955 – before moving on to the art of the "second"avant-gardes. It showed how the artistic movements of the second half of the twentieth century emerged one after the other and coexisted in a scene bristling with influences, interferences and parallelisms.

The exhibition included works by Lothar Baumgarten, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Eduardo Chillida, Constant, Öyvind Fahlström, Gego, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Craigie Horsfield, Manolo Laguillo, Morris Louis, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Motherwell, Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Palazuelo, Joan Rabascall, Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Robert Smithson, Clyfford Still, Antoni Tàpies and Lawrence Weiner, entre d'altres, among others.

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