At the heart of this exhibition, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía Collections Department, is the personal archive of writer, poet and philosopher Gómez de Liaño (Madrid, 1946) donated to the Museo. This major ensemble is made up of artworks by Spanish and international artists, for instance Alain Arias-Misson, Elena Asins, Carlo Belloli, Felipe Boso, Henri Chopin, Herminio Molero, Julio Plaza, Manolo Quejido, Paul de Vree and Gómez de Liaño, and features a section of documentation comprising numerous letters, writings and other materials from poetry, philosophy and academic spheres. The main body of this archive, spanning from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, has not been displayed publicly since the days of its inception.
Gómez de Liaño is key to understanding the experimental poetry scene in Spain. As a poet, he started out alongside Julio Campal in the avant-garde group Problemática 63, before moving in a different direction, setting up his own initiative with the Cooperativa de Producción Artística y Artesana, with Herminio Molero and Manolo Quejido, among others. Gómez de Liaño’s work focused on theoretical development, via manifestos, and organising events and collective exhibitions around experimental poetry, granting visibility to a number of overseas artists in the Spanish scene. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in the cultural activity that emerged at the time in the major centres of artistic production, such as the German Institute in Madrid, the Computing Centre at the University of Madrid and the 1972 Pamplona Encounters. Therefore, Ignacio Gómez de Liaño. Forsaking Writing sets forth this context, situating Gómez de Liaño as a catalyst for artists and a pre-eminent figure in the practice of public poetry and action.
15 December 2020 – 12 April 2021
The Kind Cruelty
León Ferrari, 100 Years
11 November, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Mondrian and De Stijl
22 October, 2020 - 17 May, 2021
From North to South, Rhythms
14 October, 2020 - 15 February 2021
Sound Experimentation 1980-2020
7 October, 2020 - 26 April, 2021
Niño de Elche
Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar
23 September, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Art in Sound up to 1980
17 July, 2020 - 28 February, 2021
To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love
25 September 2020 – 5 February 2021
What Are We Doing Here?
Alternative Spaces in Madrid at the Turn of the CenturyMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación