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Georges de la Tour (1593-1652): <EM>Saint Jerome Reading a Letter</EM>Oil on canvasPhoto courtesy of Museo del Prado
Georges de la Tour (1593-1652): Saint Jerome Reading a Letter
Oil on canvas
Photo courtesy of Museo del Prado
Georges de La Tour (1593-1652)
MADRID  •  Museo Nacional del Prado  •  23 February - 12 June 2016
In France, Georges de La Tour (1593-1652) is considered the most celebrated national artist of the 17th century and one of the most popular in French art of any period, alongside Monet, Renoir and Cézanne.
The present exhibition comprises 31 paintings by La Tour, which is an exceptional number given that only around 40 by his hand survive. They have been loaned from prestigious international institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, of which the latter two museums are lending two of the artist’s most essential works, The Fortune Teller and The Cardsharps, respectively. Also fundamental for the organisation of this exhibition has been the generous contribution made by provincial French museums, which house an important number of works by La Tour, as well as the fact that the two recent acquisitions by the Prado of works by the artist (Saint Jerome reading a Letter and The blind Hurdy-gurdy Player) have made the Museum an international reference point for the study of this French painter.

Museo Nacional del Prado Website

Please click here for the Culturekiosque news article: La Tour Portrait Identified by Prado Museum.

Contact: Museo Nacional del Prado
Paseo del Prado
28014 Madrid
Tel: (34) 91 330 28 00

<P>Pablo Picasso: The Blue Room, 1901.© The Phillips Collection Washington DC Vegap Barcelona 2015&nbsp; </P>

Pablo Picasso: The Blue Room, 1901.
© The Phillips Collection Washington DC Vegap Barcelona 2015 

Conversations. Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from the Phillips Collection
BARCELONA  •  CaixaForum  •  11 March - 19 June 2016
Duncan Phillips was a US art writer and collector who, together with his mother, founded the Phillips Memorial Art Gallery in 1921 following the deaths of his father and brother a few years earlier. Today the Phillips Collection features an incredible range of modern and contemporary art – Renoir, Rothko, O'Keeffe and Van Gogh are among the artists whose work makes up the archive. This show at CaixaForum is one of various travelling exhibitions that the Phillips has organised and arrives in Barcelona following a recent stint in Asia.

CaixaForum Barcelona Website

Contact: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guŕrdia, 6-8,
08038 Barcelona
Tel: (34) 93 476 86 00

Frida y Diego en Tizapan, Coyoacan, Mexico, 1941 © Fundacion Leo Matiz
Frida y Diego en Tizapan, Coyoacan, Mexico, 1941
© Fundacion Leo Matiz
Frida Kahlo, Photographs by Leo Matiz at La Casa Azu
MALAGA  •  La Térmica  •  11 March - 29 May 2016

La Térmica presents Frida Kahlo. Photographs by Leo Matiz at La Casa Azul. This exhibition includes the Leo Matiz’photographs of Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, known as Frida Kahlo (1907- 1954), married to Diego Rivera in 1929.

The exhibition, curated by Angustias Freijo and Mario Martín Pareja, shows not only the enigmatic artist Frida Kahlo in more than 50 images made by Leo Matiz which are property of the Leo Matiz Foundation, but also avant-garde magazines, books and artworks edited by fundamental authors and artists from that Mexican cultural scene period such as Germán Cueto, Mathías Goeritz, etc.

La Térmica

Contact: La Térmica
Diputación de Málaga
Av. de los Guindos, 48
29004 Malaga
Tel: (34) 952 069 100

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: <EM>Marian Ilmestys - The Annunciation</EM>, 2010 3-channel projected high-definition installation with 5.1 channel audio 28 min., 25 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Marian Ilmestys - The Annunciation, 2010
3-channel projected high-definition installation with 5.1 channel audio 28 min., 25 sec.
Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Annunciation
BILBAO  •  Guggenheim Museum Bilbao  •  12 May - 28 August 2016
Eija-Liisa Ahtila (b. 1959, Hämeenlinna, Finland) shot The Annunciation on the snowy Aulanko Nature Reserve in southern Finland during the winter of 2010. The installation consists of three projections which reenact a well-known passage in the Gospel of Luke (1:26–38) that narrates one of the most important themes in Christian iconography, which is also the central motif of some of the earliest paintings to successfully use perspective.
Although based on an existing script, the action and dialogue were adapted to each actor’s individual presence during the filming process. All of the performers except two are non-professionals, and most of them are clients of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute’s women’s support services. The animal actors are a trained raven, two donkeys, and a group of carrier pigeons from a bird farm.
The underlying viewpoint in this Annunciation is Estonian biologist Jacob von Uexküll’s (b. 1864; d. 1944) idea that the different worlds of living beings all exist simultaneously. This concept implies certain limits, because it means living with and next to others; the same idea is also used to explore the nature of miracles and the possibilities of perception and knowledge. In the work, the actors are engaged in a process of reconstructing the sacred and redefining the human through the divine and the animal.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Website

Contact: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
Bilbao 48001

Punk: Its Traces in Contemporary Art
BARCELONA  •  Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art  •  13 May - 25 September 2016

Punk is an attitude. An attitude made of rage, speed, noise, incorrectness, nonconformity, denial, opposition and provocation that runs through the 20th century and extends beyond the 1970s, beyond the Anglo-Saxon context and beyond the music scene. An explosion whose effects make punk one of the most influential cultural references of the 20th century.

Between 1976 and 1978, in London and New York, punk emerged as an explosion: a few bands born around fanzines, trendy shops and concert halls demonstrated their opposition to the conventions of the music industry, fashion and the socio-political panorama, making denial, speed and a lack of virtuosity its leitmotiv. It was a reaction to a society marked by the end of the hippie dream, the return of conservatism, the emergence of terrorism, the oil crisis and the lack of a future for young people condemned to the dole. "No future" was one of the slogans appropriated from previous movements like Situationism and Dada. But unlike them, punk emerged in the midst of mass culture, prompting its expansion beyond the Anglo-Saxon world and escaping the boundaries of music. This expansion superseded the concrete historical phenomenon, turning punk into an adjective that qualifies a way of understanding the world.

The purpose of PUNK. Its Traces in Contemporary Art is to examine its influence on contemporary art, establishing a genealogy that reaches to our own time, and, in the words of Greil Marcus in Lipstick Traces, to follow its traces to the present. This is to corroborate an intuition: that beyond the divisions that exist between artists, trends or media, there is a rabid noise that unites many creators. That is, the punk attitude, whose history can be traced from Dadaism to Situationism, is still very much alive in contemporary artistic production. Taking up the famous phrase "punk is (not) dead" is to assert that effectively punk is one of the living dead, a zombie that has continued to gain adherents.

Some of the more than 60 artists in the exhibition witnessed and took part in the explosion of punk in the '70s, marking their artistic activity as true instigators and activists. Others are older: they anticipated and demonstrate the historical ties of punk with other radical movements. For many, the punk explosion appears as an explicit reference: the use of elements such as noise, cut-out typography, anti-design and ugliness; or the inclusion of direct musical references. The exhibition also presents traces of punk as an attitude: denial, opposition and destruction; the DIY; the reference to fear and terror in a society that alienates individuals; nihilism; a critique of the economic system and anarchy; and the claim of sexual liberation itself, the body as a place of battle. Finally, there is a selection of fanzines, videos, films, feature articles, posters, books and records documenting the history of punk, its explosion and its impact on different contexts.

Participating artists:

Carlos Aires, Marcel·lí Antúnez, Martin Arnold, Fabienne Audéoud, Eduardo Balanza, Bill Balaskas, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jordi Benito, Laurent P. Berger, Chris Burden, Tony Cokes, Jordi Colomer, Brice Dellsperger, DETEXT, Die Tödliche Doris, Christoph Draeger, Jimmie Durham, Tracey Emin, Mario Espliego, VALIE EXPORT, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Claire Fontaine, Chiara Fumai, Ińaki Garmendia, Kendell Geers, Gelitin, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Dan Graham, Eulŕlia Grau, Johan Grimonprez, Guerrilla Girls, Antoni Hervŕs, Jota Izquierdo, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Joăo Louro, Christian Marclay, Israel Martínez, Raisa Maudit, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Meese, Jordi Mitjŕ, Joan Morey, Janis E. Müller, Matt Mullican, Itziar Okariz, Joăo Onofre, Antonio Ortega, Luis Felipe Ortega and Daniel Guzmán, Tony Oursler, Mabel Palacín, Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa, Raymond Pettibon, Maria Pratts, Tere Recarens, Jamie Reid, Tim Reinecke, Aďda Ruilova, Pepo Salazar, Santiago Sierra, Federico Solmi, Natascha Stellmach, TRES and Gavin Turk, T.R. Uthco & Ant Farm (Doug Hall, Chip Lord, Doug Michels and Jody Procter)

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art Website


Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Plaça dels Ŕngels, 1
08001 Barcelona

Tel: (34) 93 481 33 68

Solidity and Beauty: Miguel Blay at the Museo del Prado
MADRID  •  Museo del Prado  •  19 April - 2 October 2016
The Museo del Prado marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Miguel Blay (Olot, 1866 – Madrid, 1936), one of the most important Spanish sculptors of the late 19th and first third of the 20th centuries, with an exhibition of several important works from a career that reflects the different trends prevailing in sculpture during his lifetime, principally Realism, Modernismo and Symbolism. The show features drawings, medals, hand-written notes and key works within the artist’s oeuvre, including To the Ideal and Blooming.

Museo del Prado Website


Museo del Prado
Paseo del Prado


Tel: (34) 902 10 70 77

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