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PHotoEspaña
MADRID  •  various venues  •  1 June - 28 August 2016
 
PHotoEspaña is one of the central international forums for photography. On view are images, videos and installations created by outstanding national and international photographers and visual artists. Since the first edition of the Festival, more than 1.000 exhibitions have been hosted in the city’s main museums, art centres and galleries. The shows are complemented by pedagogic and professional programs designed for diverse audiences.

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c/ Verónica 13
28014 Madrid


Tel: (34 ) 913 601 326

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
Spain




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, Iñaki Garmendia, Kendell Geers, Gelitin, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Dan Graham, Eulàlia Grau, Johan Grimonprez, Guerrilla Girls, Antoni Hervàs, Jota Izquierdo, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, João Louro, Christian Marclay, Israel Martínez, Raisa Maudit, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Meese, Jordi Mitjà, Joan Morey, Janis E. Müller, Matt Mullican, Itziar Okariz, João 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, Aïda 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


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Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona
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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


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Museo del Prado
Paseo del Prado
Madrid

 


Tel: (34) 902 10 70 77



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