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The Museu de l'Eròtica of Barcelona presents its two new collections, Bag One and Two Virgins. They are a series of drawings and lithographs by John Lennon depicting his honeymoon and erotic scenes captured during his sexual encounters with Yoko Ono.
Victor Papanek was an Austrian designer, author and activist who was intensely involved in the debate about what kind of role the designer and design itself should have in order to make a contribution to society. The Museu del Disseny in Barcelona is now offering the first major retrospective of this author with the Exhibition entitled Victor Papanek: The politics of design. Featuring a wide range of original pieces from the Victor Papanek Foundation, this exhibition brings his work into the 21st century and demonstrates his lasting effect as a designer, critic and social activist.
In the Cerro de los Batallones archeological site, located in the current Madrid region, fossils have been found of mastodons and large predators who lived there 9 million years ago. These are animals which are now extinct and the saber-toothed tiger is one notable example. Through the paleontological remains found in this exceptionally well preserved site, the Cosmocaixa is offering us a journey to the past to learn about the fauna which previously populated our lands, such as the giant tortoise, the mastodon, and giraffes and horses which we no longer see in today's world.
The work of the German artist Charlotte Posenenske (1930-1985) was brief but intense. She developed a form of mass produced minimalism in response to the social and economic concerns of the time, eschewing the art market and rejecting conventional formal and cultural hierarchies. The MACBA is now displaying the "Work in progress" exhibition, bringing together works by Posenenske from 1956 to 1968, from her first drawings and paintings to her aluminum wall-reliefs and her last and best-known modular sculptures. An exhibition that was previously in Beacon, New York and which will continue touring across Europe.
The Caixaforum is putting on an exhibition dedicated exclusively to the opera and which will take us on a tour of Venice, London, Vienna, Milan, Paris, Dresden, Barcelona and Leningrad. Through an immersive experience, visitors will be able to connect with the past, present and future of the opera in an all-consuming way. Fragments of several operas will play in perfect harmony with pieces of art hailing from more than 30 museums which will help us understand bel canto and its reflections in historical moments of change and revolution.
The third exhibition of the MACBA Study Centre puts its vast collection of documentary resources on display. Exhibition #3. Anti-books places an emphasis on a selection of artist's books from the 1960s and 70s which were influenced by conceptual and minimalist movements. With the spotlight trained on three artists, Hanne Darboven, Sol LeWitt and Dieter Roth, the exhibition also includes books by John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Stanley Brouwn, Chuck Close, Agnes Denes, Peter Downsbrough, Jackie Ferrara, Marco Gastini, Robert Jack, Richard Kostelanetz, Bruce Nauman, Edda Renouf and Fred Sandback.
By means of a wide selection of photographic and audiovisual works we can observe how photographers and filmmakers have dissected the metropolis and how they have set out different scenes of urban life. The city is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for these artists and experiences in the big city give rise to the essential conditions of modernity. Aspects such as war, reconciliation, protests and extremely diverse stories all take a starring role in this exhibition by the CaixaForum which features collections from the Centre Pompidou and photographs and footage from Spanish collections.
The MACBA is staging a solo exhibition of the Greek artist Takis (Panagiotis Vassilakis). Born in Athens in 1925, Takis died last August. The MACBA is paying tribute to this artist who was a pioneer in the creation of new artistic forms using invisible energies such as magnetism and electricity. This exhibition is organized by the Tate Modern in collaboration with the MACBA and the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens.
The friendship between Picasso and the surrealist poet Paul Éluard was strong and unbreakable. Following the death of Apollinaire, both men got together to share and exchange ideas and opinions. The premature death of Éluard, after twenty years of friendship, was a major blow for the painter who had published a book months earlier with a series of the poet's drawings that featured a beautifully written prologue by Éluard himself. The Picasso Museum examines the relationship of both of these artists through Éluard's books and poetry and his art collection, as well as Picasso's portraits and drawings of the poet and his wife Nusch. We will also come across photographs by Man Ray and Brassaï and correspondence and documentary films narrating the meetings between the two friends.
The graphic designer America Sánchez has had ties to Barcelona for over 50 years. His eclectic style makes him difficult to define, therefore the title of this exhibition staged at the Palau Robert comes from a conference that Sánchez himself held in 2010 and where he affirmed that his style was comprised of these four concepts. This exhibition explores the artist's work and other pieces from various city institutions, given that Juan Carlos Pérez Sánchez, who later became America Sánchez in honor of his mother, is inextricably linked with Barcelona.
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