BEGINNING 2018 WITH A BRIEF SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS

Joan Brossa "Tinter abocat", 1969. Photo: Toni Coll.

 

 

 

The exhibition of the MACBA dedicated to Joan Brossa (Barcelona, 1919-1998) with the title "Poesía Brossa" says goodbye to us in February. If you have not had the opportunity to visit, take this chance to approach the wittiest, more ironic and disconcerting work of this plastic poet. The exhibition brings to light a good part of the artistic foundation of the Joan Brossa Foundation, a legacy to the museum in 2011.

 

 

 

Ed Van der Elsken: “Girl in the subway”, in Mapfre Foundation.

 

 

 

The Bárbara de Braganza showing room of the Mapfre Foundation closes the exhibition dedicated to photographer Nicholas Nixon on January 7th and works on the preparation of its next exhibition with the work of Ed Van Der Elsken, which will open on the 25th. This Dutchman creator who immersed himself in the world of photography and cinema has become one of the most recognised image workers of the 20th century. This retrospective is the most extensive ever dedicated to this author in Spain.

 

 

 

Anni Albers, “Orquesta III (Orchestra III)”, 1980. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT Foto: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art. ©The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017

 

 

 

Moving to the north, the Guggenheim Bilbao closes on the 14th January the exhibition dedicated to Anni Albers. "Tocar la visita" brings together some of the most representative pieces of this artist who works with textile materials, a work halfway between craftsmanship, tradition and innovation that emphasises the use of these techniques and their importance as a vehicle for artistic manifestation.

 

 

 

Equipo crónica, “Guernica”, 1971.

 

 

 

In the Picasso Foundation, the Casa Natal Museum in Málaga, the exhibition "Guernica and other disasters" approaches its closure on January 21st. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of this masterwork, the centre has organised this exhibition which generates a historical dialogue on how war catastrophes and their consequences have been portrayed by various creators.

 

 

View of the showing room in MAC.

 

 

 

It is also the last month to enjoy the latest work by Pablo Genovés in the exhibition organised by the MAC, Museum of Contemporary Art Gas Natural Fenosa in A Coruña. These "Polymorphic Mutations" bring together some of the invaded spaces, the buildings flooded in hyperbolic contexts that characterise this author, one of the most recognised Spanish creators inside and outside of our country.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.