Reviews

The Magic Tricks of Bill Viola

The Magic Tricks of Bill Viola

The art of Bill Viola (Nova York, 1951) has got a hypnotic quality so intense that it fascinates and annoys in equal measure: the same is true for the mystical and spiritual substrata of his work.

The Opera Makes History

The Opera Makes History

CaixaForum Barcelona tells us the story of modern Europe through eight operas. This is a high fidelity exhibition that has to be visited using the audio guide.

Miró-Gaudí-Gomis: when looks cross

Miró-Gaudí-Gomis: when looks cross

This exhibition, which has been organised using the collection of foundation, looks at the aesthetic and creative affinities of Gaudí and Miró as seen through the Joaquim Gomis.

Frank Horvat: “Please don’t smile”

Frank Horvat: “Please don’t smile”

The Espais Volart of the Vila Casas Foundation is showing “Please don’t smile”, by the photographer Frank Horvat who, having worked relentlessly during his professional life, now offers a collection of photographs taken in the field of fashion in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Renau: art and revolution

Renau: art and revolution

The anthological exhibition by Valencian Josep Renau (1907-1982) – poster-maker for the revolution – arrives in Barcelona. Introducing the international avant-gardes to Spain in the 1920s and 30s and a reference for the Catalan left in the 1970s, his criticism of American society is alarmingly modern.

Two Geniuses Face to Face: Fages and Dalí

Two Geniuses Face to Face: Fages and Dalí

You can never really read the work of Salvador Dalí without knowing the literary legacy of Carles Fages de Climent. This is shown by Dalí expert Josep Playà in his book, “Fages Dalí, geniuses and friends”.

The Polyptych of the Vallès

The Polyptych of the Vallès

“Vallès: manufacturing pasts, manufacturing futures” is a project in which Claudio Zulian uses the memory of the working class of the county of Vallès – an area historically and politically affiliated to the so-called “red belt” of Barcelona.

In the name of Picasso

In the name of Picasso

This show in the Barcelona museum reinterprets the different facets of the artist from the point of view of ten contemporary creators. The political Picasso, the passionate Picasso and the intellectual Picasso, all covered in the story which unfolds under the curatorship of Rosa Martinez.

Lluís Hortalà or the trickery of the gaze

Lluís Hortalà or the trickery of the gaze

When you visit the Lluís Hortalà exhibition at Tecla Sala in L’Hospitalet you have to be ready for a double set of rules: those of the eye, subjected to the logical trickery of trompe-l’oeil, and those of the concept, articulated in the solid story about the exhibition by Oriol Fontdevila. But one step at a time.

Antoni Fabrés: Recovery Operation

Antoni Fabrés: Recovery Operation

The MNAC, being the national museum that it is, had the job of rescuing the wok of Antoni Fabrés – a versatile and effective artist who moved on from the academic and Orientalist approach of his early works.

The past chapter in La Capella

The past chapter in La Capella

Entitled “Cerrar abriendo” (Close by opening), the sixth scene of “La Capella 25 Years After”, an exhibition in instalments which has told the story of this centre dedicated to emerging art since the month of January, through the artists that have exhibited there.

In Combat for the Love of Art

In Combat for the Love of Art

Anyone who enters the exhibition Cinc anys a les trinxeres (Five years in the trenches) by Jesús Galdón, kind of phylacterical mirror hanging on the wall, is immediately reflected in the doorway of the El Quadern Robat gallery.

Time is on the side of the vanquished

Time is on the side of the vanquished

Just when the United States once again demonstrate their untamed meddling in the internal affairs of South America and when Pedro Sánchez recognises and legitimates a self-proclaimed president in Venezuela, Macba is opening the necessary and timely exhibition Undefined territories. Perspectives on colonial legacies.

The Pluralistic Imaginary of La Capella

The Pluralistic Imaginary of La Capella

Global cities, futuristic dystopias and universal figures of the literary and linguistic imaginary all come together in La Capella in a group show with ten heterogeneous proposals around the idea of layers or of accumulated time.

Watch out for the Statues!

Watch out for the Statues!

Pedro Azara’s project for the Catalonia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale confronts the viewer with their own emotional weakness with a series of visceral reactions of love and hate provoked by the images.

Exorcism on Paper

Exorcism on Paper

Fourteen works on paper are exhibited at N2 gallery by eleven outstanding artists, united by their “aesthetic tendencies broken by war, interior exile, different attempts to preserve their creative freedom and the dawning following the start of democracy”.

The Invisible Magic of Quantum Physics

The Invisible Magic of Quantum Physics

The ambitious exhibition “Quantum” which is showing at the CCCB attempts to explain the theory of quantum physics, including a dialogue between science and art.

Overflowing cities: too much mass tourism in Barcelona?

Overflowing cities: too much mass tourism in Barcelona?

Who hasn’t flown to another European city on a budget flight and then stayed in an AirBnB? Who has never done “acritical tourism” or “place consumption” for a couple of days? It is not easy to raise the debate about the excess of tourism without falling into contradictions.

First Scan of an Illegal Abortion

First Scan of an Illegal Abortion

Laia Abril has made the problem of illegal abortion universal and contemporary through her artistic project “On Abortion”, which is currently being shown at the Foto Colectania Foundation in Barcelona.

Damià Campeny in Mataró

Damià Campeny in Mataró

“Reflextions. The Work of Damià Campeny”, at Ca l’Arenas of Mataró, is a show that emphasises the artist’s working method and his context.

Mutant Scenes at La Capella

Mutant Scenes at La Capella

La Capella is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a space for the promotion of emerging art. And it is doing so in episodes. Here we have the fourth.

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (and 2)

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (and 2)

In anticipation of the Day of the book for Sant Jordi, we asked our “Mirador de les Arts” contributors which three art books they would take with them on a desert island. Their answers are surprising.

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (1)

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (1)

In anticipation of the Day of the book for Sant Jordi, we asked our “Mirador de les Arts” contributors which three books they would take with them on a desert island. Their answers are surprising.

Mechanism of Detachment

Mechanism of Detachment

“Absències”, a small retrospective of work by Ramon Guillen-Balmes is on show at the Busquets Space of the Massana School of Art and Design.

The (double) Secret of Víctor Silva

The (double) Secret of Víctor Silva

A mysterious artist named Víctor Silva is exhibiting a series of small format painting at the Víctor Saavedra gallery, accompanied by their photographic reproductions in monumental proportions. Why?

Sweetly soft…

Sweetly soft…

…comfortable, resistent, easy to wash. This is how , in the seventies, the new textile fabrics from the Mataró manufacturers were advertised. Mataró was a city specialising in the new textile modes and today exhibits its industrial heritage in the old Can Marfà factory.

Gabriel Cualladó is ours

Gabriel Cualladó is ours

As often happens with good books and films, the exhibition by Gabriel Cualladó at the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation stays with you for some time after your visit.

Berenice Abbott: Absolutely Modern

Berenice Abbott: Absolutely Modern

A wide-ranging retrospective at the Fundación Mapfre’s Barcelona gallery highlights the North American photographer’s commitment to freedom, modernity and creativity.

Sex, books and the lumpen

Sex, books and the lumpen

What connects gimp masks and an abandoned library? The Pink Panther and a blow-up doll? All is revealed in Evaristo Benítez’s exhibition “Décalage”, at Galeria Contrast.

AIDS Anarchive, documents that fill gaps

AIDS Anarchive, documents that fill gaps

Intersexuals, radicalised people, homosexuals, guerrillas, HIV victims. We can say that thanks to the exhibit “AIDS Anarchive”, organised by the Documentation Centre of the MACBA, the museum is we are filling the gap.

Louise Bourgeois: a lesson in survival and freedom

Louise Bourgeois: a lesson in survival and freedom

Survival and vulnerability but also courage and freedom. This is the message that all Louise Bourgeois’ work exudes and for me she is one of the best artists of the twentieth century, out of both men and women.

I have been, I am and I will always be a Surrealist

I have been, I am and I will always be a Surrealist

That is how Juan Batlle Planas defines himself in an interview in the newspaper Clarín in 1965, just a couple of years before his death. In the Art Museum of Girona you can see the first exhibition of this artist – Argentinean but with his origins in the Empordà.

Roi Soleil: the limits of power

Roi Soleil: the limits of power

The eye of the camera has no compassion: regardless of whether you put in front of it. In the case of “Roi Soleil” Albert Serra once again opts for the agonising body of Louis XIV, embodied by another mythical body –that of Lluís Serrat, alias Sanxini, who he has used in almost all of his projects.

The Only Difference Between a Madman and Me…

The Only Difference Between a Madman and Me…

The figure of Joan Obiols Vié (Granollers, 1918 – Cadaqués, 1980) is multifaceted. This recognised psychiatrist and academic, art collector and cultural activist in times of Francoist restrictions… has not had a complete exhibition dedicated to him until now.

Ignasi de Solà-Morales. Resistant Violence

Ignasi de Solà-Morales. Resistant Violence

“In fact, any architectural operation is an imposition, a colonisation which involves violence”. An exhibition at La Virreina reviews the intellectual and critical legacy of the architect Ignasi de Solà-Morales. You won’t be left feeling indifferent.

Sense and Sensibility at the CaixaForum

Sense and Sensibility at the CaixaForum

This interesting study, in exhibition format, addresses emotion though western art. Do we feel the same now as we did five hundred years ago? Is art able to lie and be sincere at the same time?

Je ne veux pas travailler

Je ne veux pas travailler

A group exhibition on time brings together philosophy and contemporary art at Can Felipa. With nine artists and a Heideggerian title that says “Waste time and buy a watch to do so!”

Our Artistic Relationship with Technology

Our Artistic Relationship with Technology

“Our simple relationship with technology” is the exhibition organised by Mobile Week Barcelona 2019 as the star event in its parallel cultural programme. This exhibit is a reflection on the digital transformation of our society through 14 works by international artists.

Lina Bo Bardi draws the future of the Miró Foundation

Lina Bo Bardi draws the future of the Miró Foundation

The Miró Foundation presents an exhibition of drawing by the Italian-Brazilian Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most important architects of the twentieth century, following the storm which has blown up over the dismissals and the losses of the institution.

The Final Edit of Isaki Lacuesta

The Final Edit of Isaki Lacuesta

“I have been making video installations for some time. They allow me to continue making films in different ways. Because in cinema films there are some things that cannot be done. Either because of the format, or the context, or the audiences, which have become very conservative.”

Venus and Adonis by Estudi Giró

Venus and Adonis by Estudi Giró

One of the most famous paintings by Titian is “Venus and Adonis”, and it enjoyed so much success at the time that many replicas were made of it, with minimal variations. In the work, the artist does not focus on the myth portrayed by Ovid, but is a free version and one which, to this day, we cannot be sure whether it is of his own invention.

The World of Casas

The World of Casas

The painter Ramon Casas was the great columnist for one of the most brilliant and convulsive periods of the history of Catalonia. The Gothsland Gallery has put on a magnificent exhibition of his work, which accompanies the presentation of the first volume of the Complete Catalogue of the artist.

Incombustible Guinovart

Incombustible Guinovart

The density of techniques, materials and content which can come together in a single work of Josep Guinovart is almost infinite.

The Mini-landscape of Terra-lab.cat

The Mini-landscape of Terra-lab.cat

Jordi Mitjà, Jon Uriarte and Ingrid Guardiola have taken the fourth episode from Terra-lab.cat –the visual laboratory of the region– to the Museum of the Empordà in Figueres and the Museum of Exile in La Jonquera.

Saliva, Sweat and Blood at the SÂLMON Festival

Saliva, Sweat and Blood at the SÂLMON Festival

The SÂLMON Festival, which is in its seventh year with an extended programme, is always a stimulating event for measuring the pulse of new tendencies in dance, performance arts and contemporary live art.

An Explosive Dalí

An Explosive Dalí

Dalí rocks! He invented soft watches, the paranoiac-critic method, the museum as a theatre of experience and, even after his death, the exhibition in two acts.

Sergio Mora: expanded drawing and international success

Sergio Mora: expanded drawing and international success

Sergio Mora is able to express himself with as much freshness in a painting exhibition, an illustrated book either for adults or for all readers, a bizarre comic, an album cover or a subjective and non-neutral design for fashion or interiors. The book “Moraland” brings together a collection of his work.

The City Will Not Make Us Free

The City Will Not Make Us Free

The Umbral project in the Barcelona metro: thirteen suburban artistic works on migration and its political, social and symbolic contradictions.

The Whole of Tharrats

The Whole of Tharrats

An exhibition at the Fundació Tharrats d’Art Gràfic commemorates the centenary of the birth of this artist from Girona and explores his multiple creative sides.

Tintin on the Moon

Tintin on the Moon

CosmoCaixa invites us to an exhibition that links Hergé’s comic “Mission to the Moon” (1950) with the Apollo 11 mission (1969).

Alicja Kwade: exploring space and time

Alicja Kwade: exploring space and time

At a moment in humanity when time has never been so difficult to find and keep, Polish artist Alicja Kwade (1979) invites us to pass through, listen to and observe space-time.

Mela Muter, finally!

Mela Muter, finally!

An exhibition in the Art Museum of Girona brings us the visual and written work of this Polish artist who made her mark on Girona at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Dalí under the genius of Raphael

Dalí under the genius of Raphael

Raphael’s “Madonna of the Rose” leaves the Prado Museum to visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí, and make the dream of the genius from the Empordà come true.

The face as a flag

The face as a flag

Foto Colectania proposes the topic of identity through photography, delving into the extraordinary Walther Collection.

The voice of the weakest

The voice of the weakest

Beyond violence, war and politics, there are people who suffer, lives destroyed and incurable traumas. Turkish artist Erkan Özgen give a voice to these silenced stories.

Vindications of Ismael Smith

Vindications of Ismael Smith

In 1951 Isaac, Ana Maria, Ismael and Paco Smith Marí packed up the contents of their luxury mansion in Irvington, on the banks of the Hudson, and a favourite place of residence for the most accomplished New Yorkers.

The Knight’s Home

The Knight’s Home

An alternative reading of the exhibition “The Splendour of Catalan Castles” at the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia.

The Genius and Figure of Manuel Duque

The Genius and Figure of Manuel Duque

From time to time the Vila Casas Foundation has little great successes despite the fact that they often become fogged by an excess of eclecticism and exhibitional hyperactivity.

Lee Miller, a Genius in the Net of British Surrealism

Lee Miller, a Genius in the Net of British Surrealism

If there was ever an exhibition that we could say “has many different readings”, without falling into either clichés or exaggeration, it has to be “Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain”, which is currently on at the Miró Foundation in Barcelona.

Picasso Blue and Pink, in Paris

Picasso Blue and Pink, in Paris

If Pablo Picasso had died in 1904, before moving permanently to France, he would still be in all the history of art textbooks in the world. The proof is the exhibition Picasso bleu & rose, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Toulouse-Lautrec and New Technology

Toulouse-Lautrec and New Technology

An exhibition has just opened at the CaixaForum Barcelona with a misleading title, but one which is nonetheless worth seeing. If only to be the witnesses to one of the most important revolution in cultural history.

MACBA. 34th Time Lucky?

MACBA. 34th Time Lucky?

Since the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) finally opened its doors to the public in November 1995, there have been 34 presentations of its collection.

macaparana-barcelona or ethereal sensuality

macaparana-barcelona or ethereal sensuality

Brazilian artist José de Souza Oliveira Filho, better known as Macaparana, exhibits for the first time in our country. A distinguished artist whose work makes constant refences to the “Paulista” geometry of São Paulo: a reference to the geometrical abstraction of the Russian constructivists.