Exhibition. Art et Liberté: Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938–1948)
Ramses Younan. Untitled, 1939. Oil on canvas
This exhibition is the first monographic show on the activity of the Art et Liberté Group, a collective of artists working out of Cairo during World War Two. The exhibition comprises a selection of around one hundred pictorial works and a range of photographic and documentary materials.
The Art et Liberté Group, founded by Georges Henein, Ramses Younan, Kamel El-Telmissany and Fouad Kamel, cultivated a vernacular artistic practice bound to Surrealism and international artistic debate. Its members called into question the academic and nationalist tendency of the bourgeois art that pervaded Egypt at the time, whilst also establishing artistic exchanges with surrealist movements from other places, for instance Paris, Brussels and Mexico City.
Dates: from February 15 to May 28, 2017
Location: Sabatini Building, Floor 4
Curatorship: Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
Organized by: Art Reoriented
With principal support from: H. E. Sh. Hassan M. A. Al Thani and the generous collaboration of Montblanc Cultural Foundation
Exhibition. Bruce Conner. It's All True
Bruce Conner. SPIDER LADY HOUSE, 1959. Wood, nylon, ice skate, doll parts, rope, jewelry, feathers, animal hair, corks, wallpaper and paper on wood. Oakland Museum of California Collection. Donation from the Collectors Gallery and the National Endowment for the Arts ©Bruce Conner, VEGAP, Madrid, 2016
Bruce Conner (1933, McPherson, Kansas - 2008, San Francisco) is one of the most pre-eminent American artists from the second half of the twentieth century. This exhibition, the first to present his work in Spain, brings together more than 250 works which span his fifty-year career.
Conner’s work emerged from the California art scene and addressed wide-ranging questions concerning American society in the post-war era: from the burgeoning consumer culture to the dread of nuclear apocalypse. In his work he cultivated alternate mediums - now the hallmarks of 21st-century art - adopting different techniques and often creating hybrid pieces midway between painting and sculpture, film and performance, drawing and printing.
Dates: from February 22 to May 22, 2017
Location: Sabatini Building, Floor 1
Curator: Rudolf Frieling
Organized by: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
Seminar. Rudolf Frieling and Gary Garrels. Exhibiting Bruce Conner
On the occasion of the retrospective dedicated to the artist Bruce Conner, an encounter is presented between specialists Rudolf Frieling and Gary Garrels that seeks to analyze the influence of the creator in current artistic practices. Over the last decade, a number of artists have turned their attention to artistic figures from the last century who explored the production of hybrid forms, challenging artistic genres. In this sense, Bruce Conner (1933-2008) is one of the most representative cases.
Dates: February 22, 2017
Hours: 7 p.m.
Location: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
Participants: Rudolf Frieling and Gary Garrels
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
In collaboration with: illycaffè