Exhibition. Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris 1944-1968

Pablo Picasso, L'Enfant aux colombes, 1943. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

Pablo Picasso, L'Enfant aux colombes, 1943. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

This show explores the contribution of foreign artists who, after the Second World War, were working in Paris, a city which still preserved a certain aura surrounding its mythical modern embodiment as a “City of Light” in the 19th century. The broad collective exhibition reflects the vitality and vivacity of the art scene in all its complexity, displaying the different creative trends which took hold in the city inside and outside the School of Paris at a time of fervent political debate, held to the backdrop of the new global stage opened by the Cold War. From a broad array of artistic fields — from painting and sculpture to jazz, literature and film — foreign artists dealt with mounting tension by bringing their approaches and hopes to the Parisian milieu in an attempt to connect with the tradition of international modernism but without losing a grip on their own cultural identity.

The plural nature of these approaches, focal points and mediums is registered in the show, which renders it possible to rediscover and engage in dialogue with many works long forgotten by a significant part of Art History. By organizing the rooms chronologically, the exhibition allows viewers to discern the changing discourses over the years and the responses of artists to Parisian trends or political pressures, in addition to the cultural environment’s changing composition on the basis of historical events.

Dates: From 21 November, 2018 to 22 April, 2019
Location: Sabatini Building. Floor 1
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
Curatorship: Serge Guilbaut
In collaboration with: Comunidad de Madrid

 

Lecture and Concert. The Jazz Age in Paris. Serge Guilbaut and René Urtreger

In the framwork of the exhibition, Museo Reina Sofía organizes an encounter, which opens the show, with a short lecture by art historian Serge Guilbaut, the exhibition’s curator who sets out to examine the complex fabric of post-war national identity and cultural politics through jazz and the relationship it bears to modern art. Upon the conclusion of the lecture, René Urtreger, one of the most eminent composers and pianists around since the 1950s — when he played with Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Chet Baker — will perform a concert, running through the major themes in bebop.

Dates: Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Hour: 7pm
Location: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
In collaboration with: illycaffé
With the support of: Institut français d'Espagne
Admission: Free, until full capacity is reached

 

Exhibition. Jaume Plensa. Invisibles

Jaume Plensa, Invisible, 2018. © Jaume Plensa, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

Jaume Plensa, Invisible, 2018. © Jaume Plensa, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

Throughout his career as a sculptor, Jaume Plensa (Barcelona, 1955), who has recived the the prestigious Velázquez Award for the Arts in 2013, has drawn on spirituality, the body and collective memory as the primary sources which tie together his visual artwork. Literature, psychology, biology, language and history become strategic tools in the creation of his work, and, through a broad spectrum of materials — steel, cast iron, resin, glass, water, sound — Plensa lends weight and physical volume to the components of the human condition and the ephemeral.

In this instance, the invisible forms the essence of his intervention in the Palacio de Cristal: a group of steel mesh sculptures which take the space to draw the incomplete faces of figures hanging in the air, intersected by light and suspended in time. 

Dates: Until March 3, 2019
Location: Palacio de Cristal, Retiro Park
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
Curatorship: João Fernandes

 

Stage Laboratory. The Ultrathings. Cuqui Jerez

The Ultrathings. Stage Laboratory, a project by Cuqui Jerez

The Ultrathings. Stage Laboratory, a project by Cuqui Jerez

Choreographer and performer Cuqui Jerez (Madrid, 1973) forms part of the line-up for the 36th Autumn Festival courtesy of a stage laboratory she has been developing since June of this year with the support of the Community of Madrid and the Museo Reina Sofía. In the laboratory the artist explores practices to observe and find possible mechanisms that generate tension in the sphere of action, the object, image and space, ultimately arriving at a living installation, a performance situation in a built space, an inhabited short-circuited landscape, where there is interaction with objects and bodies that are similarly short-circuited. This is The Ultrathings.

Dates: 22 and 23 November 2018
Hour: From 5pm to 8:45 pm without interruption
Location: Sabatini Building, Protocol Room
Organized by: The Community of Madrid’s 36th Autumn Festival
In collaboration with: Museo Reina Sofía
Created by: Cuqui Jerez
With: Cécile Brousse, Óscar Bueno and Javier Cruz
Year of production: 2018
Admission: Free, until full capacity is reached

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