This was the most complete presentation of the MACBA collection that had ever been organised before that time. Over a period of almost two months, 250 works were displayed throughout all three floors of the Museum, offering new narratives for the history of art of the second half of the twentieth century. The exhibition was structured around three areas, which did not correspond to closed historic periods but to moments of particular creative intensity, with their own continuities and ruptures.
The first section encompassed art produced in the forties and fifties, in what is considered to be the swan song of modernity, and presented Abstract Expressionism, Informalism and concrete art together with documentary and experimental photography.
The second area covered the sixties and seventies and the emergence of the new critical discourses of which May 1968 would be the emblem, which entailed the integration of performative and process-based aspects into the visual arts.
The third section dealt with the eighties and nineties and showed the critical and theatrical practices that had developed under the umbrella of postmodern theories. It also focused on the incorporation of new formats such as video, video-installations, “exhibition films” and documents into the field of artistic and exhibition practices.