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  • Agon! The competition in ancient Greece

    Agon! The competition in ancient Greece

    Hundreds of years after the Ancient Greek period ended, we're still as fascinated as ever with the extraordinary exploits, developments and legends of that time. The literature, sport and theatre, not to mention the political systems and philosophy, continue to resonate today along with many other of its facets. The British Museum in London is renowned as a holder of myriad artefacts dating from the 1,500 years or so that the Ancient Greek period lasted, and Barcelona's CaixaForum cultural organisation has reached an agreement with the museum for the display of a selection of those artefacts both here and at some of its other sites around Spain. Specifically, the exhibition will explore the world of Ancient Greece through the subjects of competition and rivalry. It will cover themes such as the polis (‘city states'), war and the origins of the Olympic Games via pieces such as those from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, which are shown outside London for the first time.

  • Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt

    Sacred Animals of Ancient Egypt

    Through objects that form part of the collection of the Barcelona Egyptian Museum, we can learn about many aspects of the relationship established by the ancient Egyptians with species of the animal world of their immediate environment. Apart from their use as an economic resource, pet or hunting prey, animals are present in a number of cultural expressions of Pharaonic Egypt. However, animals took on the central role in the religious field, more than in any other ancient civilization. For various reasons, the majority of species known by the Egyptians, were associated with a specific divinity. Mammals, insects, birds, fish or reptiles were used as models in the design of divine images, either their whole body or part of it. They were even mummified, for their remains to be used as a physical support to the immortal soul of their gods. Certainly one of the most attractive and new parts of the exhibition, is the presentation of results obtained from tomographies made on six animal mummies preserved in the Egyptian Museum

  • Fernando Vijande. Portrait: 1971-1986

    Fernando Vijande. Portrait: 1971-1986

    The big bet of 2017 at the Fundació Suñol revolves around the figure of Fernando Vijande, an exhibition that will take up all the showrooms available, including the Nivell Zero.

    From the first day, Fernando Vijande kept an original line, promoting avant-garde movements, but always keeping in mind his own aesthetic criteria and taste rather than the art market tendencies. His position was supported internationally in an exhibition called New Images from Spain showed at The Guggenheim Museum of New York in 1980 in which Vijande had the opportunity to display different artists that had been shown in his galleries.

    Fernando Vijande and 51 Artists will show works by 51 different artists that were exhibited at his galleries. These pieces will cohabit with recent works by the same artists and documentation from that vibrant and transgressive period. Some of these artists gained international recognition while they were exhibited at Galería Vandrés or Galería Vijande, such as Juan Bordes, Carmen Calvo, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Nino Longobardi, among many others. But at the same time, Vijande brought international artists to Spain like Robert Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe or Andy Warhol, whose works will be shown too.

  • Hell According to Rodin

    Hell According to Rodin

    Hell According to Rodin invites the spectator to explore the creation of a late 19th century art masterpiece: The Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin. Considered as the central piece of the French sculptor's career, Rodin worked on it for over twenty years. This monumental work offers a spectacular vision of hell, feverish and tormented, but also sensual and evocative. The numerous groups and figures of the damned that Rodin assembles in The Gates of Hell constitute a true repertoire of forms that the sculptor would use throughout his career with constantly renewed inventiveness and an extraordinary expressive capacity. Many of his most renowned works stem from this project such as The Thinker, The Kiss, Ugolino or The Shadows. In short, the exhibition allows the viewer to admire The Gates of Hell and all the sculptures that were part of it, while also granting the visitor an opportunity to observe the evolution of Rodin's career and to experience the artistic process of one of the most representative artists of the late 19th century.

  • After the End of the World

    After the End of the World

    "After the End of the World" is an exhibition about the planet of 2017, irreversibly transformed into an Anthropocene planet after two centuries of human intervention in natural systems. But it is also an exhibition about how we will reach the world of the latter half of the 21st century, and about our society's responsibility to the generations who will be born and grow up in it. The project brings together voices from the various disciplines of creation and thought; together, artists, filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, architects, designers and scientists will imagine scenes, stories and escape routes to the different possible worlds that we can build, according to the decisions we make in the coming years—decisions in which we are all much more than mere spectators.

  • MACBA collection. Beneath the surface

    MACBA collection. Beneath the surface

    MACBA Collection. Beneath the Surface brings together works that focus on the problems deriving from representation and its limits, as well as the relevance and incidence of the artist and art in contemporary society. Although from different conceptual and formal approaches, many of these pieces share references to Conceptual art, forms derived from Minimalism and a contemporary fascination with material and surface. Beneath the Surface, and hence the title, examines the interest in aspects beneath which lie contents of a very different nature. It is worth mentioning the performatic component that permeates some of the works.

    The exhibition is integrated by works of various formats and typologies by artists such as Ignasi Aballí, Antoni Tàpies, Lucio Fontana, Karla Black, Art & Language, Angela de la Cruz, Derek Jarman, Latifa Echakhch, Félix González-Torres, Charlotte Posenenske, Rita McBride, Gregor Schneider, Doris Salcedo and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others.

  • 1917. Picasso in Barcelona

    1917. Picasso in Barcelona

    With this exhibition we celebrate the last significant period of time spent in Barcelona by Pablo Picasso. This brief period in Barcelona is highly interesting from Picasso's artistic point of view, as it was a moment of research into new sources and visual resources, where the artist alternated between the more rigorous canons of Cubism and a more classical, realist line of work.

    The Museu Picasso conserves all the oil paintings but one done in this period, left in the family home since he chose not to take them out of Spain, as the artist explained in a letter to Gertrude Stein. The exhibition will feature painting, preparatory drawing for the paintings and independent drawings, seeking to unite the widest possible selection of his production during the months spent in the city. Documentation related to his stay in the city will also be featured, showing his activity as a painter along with his times at ease (going to the bullfights and to the theatre), as well as time spent with friends, acts done in his honour and his participation in events in civil society, amongst others.

    Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Ballet at the Liceu in Barcelona, the Museu Picasso will organize a special event to commemorate the event.

  • The shared studio. Picasso, Fín, Vilató, Xavier

    The shared studio. Picasso, Fín, Vilató, Xavier

    The goal of this exhibition is to show how passion for printmaking was expressed over three generations of a family. Pablo Picasso, J. Fín, Vilató and Xavier are four profoundly different artistic personalities. In this exhibition we discover their veritable passion for working in a technique requiring time and complex technique, made possible through the know-how of the accompanying printer.

    This exhibition features 166 works, including an important representation of the print holdings of the Museu Picasso, as well as an essential collaboration from the Vilató family.

  • Explore and claim. Niebla's painting

    Explore and claim. Niebla's painting

    Explore & Claim is an anthological exhibition in which the main chapters of the artistic production of Josep Niebla are shown, emphasizing the series that for their interest are especially attractive, such as those dedicated to architecture or which he calls "the plastic-political alphabet" and also his manipulated diaries, the seas and Africa.

    Born in Morocco in 1945, Josep Niebla has lived in Catalonia since 1962. He studied Fine Arts in Tetuan (Morocco), Seville, Barcelona and Paris. Throughout his career he has presented his work in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, in almost 200 exhibitions. And his work forms part of diverse collections of art and private museums.

  • Joan Ponç. Diàbolo

    Joan Ponç. Diàbolo

    Joan Ponç was a visionary and mercurial insular artist who played an important part in the history of art of the post-war years in Catalonia and Spain. He set in motion the artistic renewal of the avant-garde after the Civil War.

    The paintings Ponç produced delve into humankind's darkest and most hidden corners. The unique and strange nature of his work led him towards solitude, an isolation and silence that transformed him into a recluse, visceral testimony of painting's penetration into the mystery of life and of death as an experience.

    This exhibition presents a comprehensive new interpretation of the life and work of the painter Joan Ponç, from his early days in the mid-1940s and the era of the Dau al Set group to his last works in the middle of the 1980s. The exhibition title, Diabolo, is a reference to Ponç's playfulness, with the added ambivalence of the name that this Chinese juggling toy shares with the devil.

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