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<SPAN class=pie _extended="true">El Greco:<EM> Portrait of a Doctor (?),</EM> ca. 1582 - 1585Oil on canvas96 x 82,3 cmMuseo Nacional del Prado.</SPAN>
El Greco: Portrait of a Doctor (?), ca. 1582 - 1585
Oil on canvas
96 x 82,3 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado.
El Greco’s Library
MADRID  •  Museo Nacional del Prado  •  1 April - 29 June 2014
 

This April, the Museo del Prado, the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Fundación El Greco 2014 are presenting the exhibition El Greco’s Library. Its aim is to reconstruct the theoretical and literary roots of El Greco’s art through 39 books, four of which belonged to him, that have been identified from two inventories compiled by the artist’s son Jorge Manuel in 1614 and 1621. Notable among them is a copy of Vitruvius’s treatise on architecture (from the BNE), and another of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the most excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. Both were copiously annotated by El Greco with comments that reveal his ideas on architecture and above all on painting. Also on display is a copy of Xenophon’s Works and one of Appian’s Civil Wars, both of which were represented in his library, and one of Sebastiano Serlio’s architectural treatise with annotations that have on occasions been attributed to the artist. The exhibition is completed by three manuscripts, nine prints that probably inspired compositions by El Greco, and five paintings which reveal the relationship between his pictorial output and the books in his library.

El Greco’s Library includes 39 books of which he is known to have owned copies from the entries in the two inventories, selected on the basis of the editions that he is most likely to have possessed. Also on display are three manuscripts; the original inventories of 1614 and 1621; a letter from the artist to Cardinal Alessandro Farnese; nine prints, most of them by Cornelis Cort and Dürer, which were key reference points for the painter; and five paintings, including Boy blowing on an Ember and The Annunciation, which reveal the relationships between the artist’s pictorial creations and his books. In total, the exhibition includes 56 works that introduce visitors to what El Greco read and wrote, his knowledge and thinking, with the aim of understanding the ideas on the art of painting that underpinned his creative activities.

The five sections of the exhibition reconstruct the evolution of the artist’s career and analyse the way in which he saw painting as a speculative science. The first section emphasises the importance that El Greco’s Greek heritage held for him throughout his life, while the second and third sections recall the key role that Italian culture played in his artistic transformation. The largest section focuses on books on architecture, which highlight El Greco’s interest in the universal nature of this discipline and its influence on the status of painting as a liberal art. The exhibition closes with a small section on religious imagery and includes a copy of Alonso de Villegas’s Flos sanctorum [Flowers of the saints], which includes the first reference to the painter in print.



Museo Nacional del Prado Website


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

Ernesto Neto: The Body that Carries Me
BILBAO  •  Guggenheim Museum Bilbao  •  14 February - 18 May 2014
 

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) has developed a distinct sculptural idiom using foam, fabric, found materials, and aromatic spices, such as lavender, clove, and turmeric. In 1998, he made his first fabric rooms, stretching membranes of Lycra tulle from gallery walls, ceilings, and floors and inviting barefoot visitors to enter into and pass through cavities that evoke the womb, interiors of churches, sailing vessels, and spaceships. Viewers are invited to touch, smell and often inhabit these soft sculputral forms.

For Neto, an exhibition is a place for poetry, where visitors can escape from their every day: "We are constantly receiving information, but here, I want you to stop thinking. Take refuge in art. I think that not thinking is good, it allows you to breathe in life." The trip begins in the Guggenheim Museum’s Atrium, where a large piece will be installed, and follows through the second floor’s eight galleries. Each room will offer viewers a different experience, requiring a different pace to contemplate and interact with each piece.



Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Website


Contact: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
48001 Bilbao, Spain

Tel: (34) 94 435 90 23

Jacopo Pontormo: Busto de figura masculina barbada SanguinaCortesía del Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino© 2013 Polo Museale Fiorentino.
Jacopo Pontormo: Busto de figura masculina barbada
Sanguina
Cortesía del Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino
© 2013 Polo Museale Fiorentino.
Pontormo
MADRID  •  Fundacion Mapfre  •  12 February - 11 May 2014
 

Fundacion Mapfre's exhibition halls hosts an exhibition dedicated to the drawings of Jacopo Carucci (1494-1557), better known in art history as Pontormo and considered one of the greatest exponents of Mannerism. The show features a carefully chosen array of 70 drawings—the majority loaned by the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, though other prestigious European museums such as the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich and the Vienna Albertina have also contributed to this selection—which document every stage in Pontormo's career and all the different drawing media he used. The exhibition consists of 60 drawings by Pontormo as well as nine drawings by other great artists such as Dürer, Lorenzo di Credi, Poussin and Tiepolo, so that visitors can compare and contrast their different approaches to draughtsmanship and appreciate the originality of the Florentine artist's style.

The selected drawings also are accompanied by a rare gem: Pontormo's Diary, held at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, which has never been shown outside Italy until now. This journal contains writings and small sketches by the artist, created during the last two years of his life, about his obsessions, his routines and his desire to draw in seclusion, and as such it is a unique testament to the legend of Pontormo as an artiste maudit.

This show of Pontormo's work is organised to coincide with the 520th anniversary of the artist's birth.



Fundacion Mapfre Website


Contact: Fundacion Mapfre
Sala Azca, avenida General Peron, 40
Madrid, Spain
Tel: (34) 91 581 61 00

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled
Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions
BARCELONA  •  Museu Picasso  •  6 March - 29 June 2014
 

This exhibition of 58 works by 41 artists from around the world examines the responses of contemporary artists to the life and work of Pablo Picasso during the forty years since his death in 1973.

The exhibition is divided into five sections that reflect the choices of contemporary artists to address particular aspects of Picasso’s oeuvre: his two greatest masterpieces, Guernica and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon; and three phases of his art: the Late Work, Surrealism, and the Blue and Rose Periods.

The artists whose works are on view include Chéri Samba from the Democratic Republic of Congo, M. F. Husain and Atul Dodiya from India, Folkert de Jong and Rineke Dijkstra from the Netherlands, Guillermo Kuitca and Constanza Piaggio & RES from Argentina, Vik Muniz from Brazil, and Jasper Johns, Faith Ringgold and Fred Wilson from the United States, Dia al-Azzawi from Iraq, Bedri Baykam from Turkey, Gavin Jantjes from South Africa, Daniel Boyd from Australia and Ibrahim el-Salahi from Sudan, among others.



Museu Picasso, Barcelona Website


Contact:

Museu Picasso, Barcelona
Montcada, 15 - 23
08003 Barcelona
Spain


Tel: (34) 932 563 000

<SPAN class=pie _extended="true"><EM>The Triumph of the Church</EM> (detail), ca. 1625Oil on canvas63,5 x 105 cmMuseo Nacional del Prado.</SPAN>
The Triumph of the Church (detail), ca. 1625
Oil on canvas
63,5 x 105 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado.
Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist
MADRID  •  Museo Nacional del Prado  •  25 March - 29 June 2014
 

Curated by Alejandro Vergara, Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist is an exhibition featuring the six panels from this series in the Museum’s collection following their recent restoration. The Eucharist series was one of the most important commissions received by Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640), in which the panels on The Triumph of the Church and The Victory of Truth over Heresy are particularly notable.

Due to its placement on the Scheldt River, Antwerp was an invaluable gateway to Flanders; the southern, Catholic region of the Netherlands (present-day Belgium) that had remained loyal to the Spanish Hapsburg Crown. Through the last decades of the 16th century, the city was plagued by civil war, religious turmoil, foreign rule, and economic stagnation. Antwerp slowly began to recover when Isabella Clara Eugenia (1566-1633) and her husband Albert (1559-1621) were appointed archduchess and archduke of the Southern Netherlands at the beginning of the 17th century. The archducal couple initiated, in the interests of the Spanish Crown, a Catholic renewal on a massive scale and Antwerp again became the most dynamic art center in northern Europe. Hundreds of artists, including Rubens who was appointed court painter, produced works that were prized across the continent. Additionally, the city exported a great variety of luxury goods: silk, carpets, furniture, musical instruments, glass, and cut diamonds. This vast outpouring of artistic production brought Antwerp new wealth and prestige. Baroque art had its origins in the Catholic church, which exercised religious propaganda through overt displays of artistic virtuosity. Upon his return from Italy in 1608, Peter Paul Rubens, a devout Catholic, introduced Baroque art to the Southern Netherlands in a blend of Flemish realism and Italian Grand Manner that radically altered traditional composition. Rubens had an encyclopedic knowledge of religious symbolism and classical mythology. After studying masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and then-recently unearthed sculptures of classical antiquity, Rubens asserted that corporeal depiction should most closely resemble human anatomy. Thus, he developed his signature portrayal of painting fleshy, robust nudes. His greatest innovation, however, was the expression of vitality achieved by introducing a dynamic line through his compositional groupings, resulting in figures that appear to move and twist.

The exhibition Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist also includes four of the tapestries woven from these designs, which belong to Patrimonio Nacional. The exhibition enables visitors to appreciate the complex and painstaking process behind the restoration of this unique group of works, initiated in 2011 with the support of Fundación Iberdrola.



Museo Nacional del Prado Website


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

A place where artists have the right to fail: Stories of Espai 10 and Espai 13 at the Fundació Joan Miró
BARCELONA  •  Fundació Joan Miró  •  14 March - 25 May 2014
 
 

The Fundació Joan Miró presents A place where artists have the right to fail: Stories of Espai 10 and Espai 13 at the Fundació Joan Miró, an exhibition on the programming of emergent art in these two spaces since 1978. In 2013 Espai 13 celebrated its thirty-five years in existence. The exhibition and the publication mark this anniversary. The show, with Manuel Segade as its curator, is organised around seven thematic chapters that show and explain the links between different artistic generations and languages over the past four decades. A place where... brings together a total of sixty works, representing the more than 250 exhibitions programmed for Espai 10 and Espai 13.

Artists shown in the exhibition:

Antoni Abad - Ana Laura Aláez - Yves Belorgey - Jordi Benito - Alfons Borrell - Jackie Brookner - Joan Brossa - Jordi Cerdà - Jordi Colomer - Carles Congost - Pep Duran - Antoni Egea - Manel Esclusa - Esther Ferrer - Xavier Franquesa - General Idea - Albert Giròs - Susy Gómez - Jean-Pierre Guillemot - Jens Haaning - Pello Irazu - Salvador Juanpere - Laura Lamiel - Abigail Lazkoz - Liza Lou - Jesús Martínez Oliva - Erina Matsui - Fina Miralles - Jordi Mitjà - Vik Muniz - Elvira Navares - Pere Noguera - Antonio Ortega - Alberto Peral - Perejaume - Gabriel Pericàs - Enric Pladevall - Jaume Plensa - Josep Ponsatí - Àngels Ribé - Joan Rom - Ugo Rondinone - Benet Rosell - Carolina Saquel - Susana Solano - Luigi Stoisa - Antoni Tàpies - Paco Vacas - Xavier Veilhan

At the end of the exhibition there is an information area where visitors can find the catalogues and publications that have been produced throughout the programming of Espai 10 and Espai 13.



Fundació Joan Miró Website


Contact: Fundació Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc s/n
08038 Barcelona
Spain
Tel: (34) 934 439 470

<P>Mustapha Akrim: <EM>Deu dírhams Diez dírhams Ten Dirhams</EM>, 2013. Acrílic sobre tela110 x 200 cmCourtesy of l’Appartement 22, Rabat,&nbsp; Morocco</P>

Mustapha Akrim: Deu dírhams Diez dírhams Ten Dirhams, 2013. Acrílic sobre tela
110 x 200 cm
Courtesy of l’Appartement 22, Rabat,  Morocco

Before Our Eyes: Cartographies of the Rif
BARCELONA  •  Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona  •  24 January - 18 May 2014
 
 
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents the exhibition Before Our Eyes. Other Cartographies of the Rif, in which a specific geographic region – the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco – becomes a springboard from which to discover a place and a specific way of making, understanding and conceiving artistic production that goes beyond institutional and commercial networks. The exhibition, which is in line with the Museum’s ongoing interest in contemporary art from the southern Mediterranean area, includes works by individual artists as well as pieces that have been anonymously or collectively produced. Through a selection of recent and specifically commissioned works arising from expeditions and artist residencies in the Rif region, the exhibition offers a series of investigations on the subject, the work of art as document and the work as object.

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/67713/The-journeys-to-the-end-of-the-world-arrive-at-MACBA-with--Before-Our-Eyes--Other-Cartographies-of-the-Rif-#.UuVb-ydOlhc[/url]
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Curated by Abdellah Karroum and Soledad Gutiérrez, Sous nos yeux (Before Our Eyes) is a project comprised of several exhibitions, artist residencies, expeditions, encounters and productions.

After the first two parts were exhibited at La Kunsthalle (Mulhouse, France), the third part, presented at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) as Before Our Eyes. Other Cartographies of the Rif, features artworks newly produced or commissioned by La Kunsthalle or MACBA, in collaboration with L’appartement 22 (Rabat, Morocco).

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents the exhibition Before Our Eyes. Other Cartographies of the Rif, in which a specific geographic region – the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco – becomes a springboard from which to discover a place and a specific way of making, understanding and conceiving artistic production that goes beyond institutional and commercial networks. The exhibition, which is in line with the Museum’s ongoing interest in contemporary art from the southern Mediterranean area, includes works by individual artists as well as pieces that have been anonymously or collectively produced. Through a selection of recent and specifically commissioned works arising from expeditions and artist residencies in the Rif region, the exhibition offers a series of investigations on the subject, the work of art as document and the work as object.

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/67713/The-journeys-to-the-end-of-the-world-arrive-at-MACBA-with--Before-Our-Eyes--Other-Cartographies-of-the-Rif-#.UuVb-ydOlhc[/url]
Copyright © artdaily.org

A specific geographic region – the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco – becomes a springboard from which to discover a place and a specific way of making, understanding and conceiving artistic production that goes beyond institutional and commercial networks. The exhibition, which is in line with the Museum’s ongoing interest in contemporary art from the southern Mediterranean area, includes works by individual artists as well as pieces that have been anonymously or collectively produced. Through a selection of recent and specifically commissioned works arising from expeditions and artist residencies in the Rif region, the exhibition offers a series of investigations on the subject, the work of art as document and the work as object.

On view at MACBA are works by Mustapha Akrim, Yto Barrada, Gabriella Ciancimino, Shezad Dawood, Ninar Esber, Patricia Esquivias, Brion Gysin, Badr El Hammami, Camille Henrot, Mohamed Larbi Rahali, Grace Ndiritu, Younès Rahmoun, Francesc Ruiz, Oriol Vilanova, anonymous production and objects of collective authorship.



Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) Website


Contact: MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1.
8001 Barcelona
Spain
Tel: (34) 93 481 33 56

Cristina Iglesias: Tres Aguas – A project for Toledo
TOLEDO  •  various venues  •  7 April - 15 June 2014
 
 

The historic city of Toledo in the heart of the Iberian peninsula stands above the fast flowing waters of the River Tagus. It was first settled, and later flourished, because of the river. Its citizens drew water up into the body of the city, its fountains, cisterns and baths.

In making Tres Aguas – A Project for Toledo, her most ambitious work to date, Cristina Iglesias has drawn both on the rich cultural history of Toledo—the intermingling of Moorish, Jewish and Christian cultures who lived together for centuries under the period known as La Convivencia—and on the setting of the city above the river.

Conceived as a journey into the heart of the city, Iglesias' work offers a sequence of dynamic perspectives and reflective experiences. Visitors move from a Mudéjar Torre de Aguas (water tower) by the 18th century Fábrica de Armas (Weapons Factory), along the banks of the river into one of the main public spaces in the city, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento by the Cathedral and then to a hidden place within the normally closed Convento Santa Clara.

Iglesias's large-scale sculpture project integrates the durable materials of architecture and sculpture—stone and metal—with the fluid and ever-changing element of water.

Commissioned by Artangel and El Greco 2014 Foundation
Sponsored by Acciona and Liberbank



Artangel Website


Contact:

Torre de Aguas
Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha
Campus Tecnológico de la Antigua Fábrica de Armas
Entrada Puerta de Obreros, Edificio, 38
Avenida de Carlos III, s/n
45701 Toledo, Spain

Plaza del Ayuntamiento
45002 Toledo, Spain

Convento de Santa Clara
Plaza de Santo Domingo El Real
45002 Toledo, Spain


e-mail: Commissioned by Artangel and El Greco 2014 Foundation

José de Ribera: <EM>Tityus</EM>Oil on canvas227 x 301 cm, 1632Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
José de Ribera: Tityus
Oil on canvas
227 x 301 cm, 1632
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
The “Furias”: From Titian to Ribera
MADRID  •  Museo Nacional del Prado  •  21 January - 4 May 2014
 
 
The “Furias”. From Titian to Ribera offers an in-depth analysis of the Renaissance and Baroque’s interpretation of antiquity and looks at the circulation and exchange of artists, works and aesthetic ideas across Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition, it seeks to encourage a reflection on why certain forms acquire meanings that are passed down from one generation to the next. Despite their classical origins, the “Furias” first appeared as a group in art in 1548 when Mary of Hungary commissioned Titian to paint four canvases for her palace at Binche (on the outskirts of Brussels) depicting Tityus, Tantalus, Sisyphus and Ixion, figures whom she associated with the German princes who had rebelled against her brother, the Emperor Charles V, and whom he had defeated the year before at Mühlberg.

In Spain, the name the “Furias” was applied to four figures who dwelled in the Graeco-Roman Hades as a punishment for defying the gods: Tityus, whose liver was constantly pecked at by a vulture for attempting to rape one of Zeus’s lovers; Tantalus, condemned to vainly try to obtain food and drink for serving up his son at a banquet of the gods; Sisyphus, who had to endlessly roll an enormous rock for revealing Zeus’s infidelities; and Ixion, obliged to turn forever on a wheel for attempting to seduce Hera. Strictly speaking, the Furies were female figures who personified punishment and vengeance and were responsible for ensuring that those in Hades underwent their punishments. In Spain, however, and from the 16th century onwards the name was used for Titian’s canvases of Tityus, Ixion, Tantalus and Sisyphus, and the term thus became used for the subject in general.

Divided into five sections, the exhibition includes 2 drawings, 8 prints, 1 medal and 16 paintings and centres on a copy of the Laocoön from the Museo de Escultura in Valladolid.

Museo Nacional del Prado Website


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

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
BILBAO  •  Guggenheim Museum Bilbao  •  14 March - 1 September 2014
 
 
On the occasion of her eightieth birthday, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents an extensive itinerant retrospective devoted to Japanese artist Yoko Ono. Through a consideration of characteristic works from the last sixty years, it showcases the wide variety of media the artist has worked in, and the central themes of her oeuvre. Ono became well known in the early 1960s with her germinal work, which first appeared in New York and then in Japan. This work included Instructions for Paintings, exhibited in 1961 and 1962, Cut Piece, and the publication of Grapefruit in 1964, which solidified that reputation. The exhibition takes a particularly close look at Ono’s works from the sixties and seventies, including her influence on Fluxus, Concept Art, Performance, Environments, film, music, her work for peace, and her role in pioneering those groundbreaking ideas. Several large installations and other current works will also be exhibited.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Website


Contact: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
48001 Bilbao, Spain

Tel: : (34) 94 435 90 23



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