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Contemporary Cartographies. Drawing Thought. CaixaForum Madrid

Madrid, 20 de November 2012
Cartografías contemporáneas. Dibujando el pensamiento, una gran exposición que presenta cartografías elaboradas por artistas de los siglos XX y XXI que interrogan y cuestionan los sistemas de representación que el ser humano ha usado durante siglos para entender el caos que es la vida
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Cartografías contemporáneas. Dibujando el pensamiento, una gran exposición que presenta cartografías elaboradas por artistas de los siglos XX y XXI que interrogan y cuestionan los sistemas de representación que el ser humano ha usado durante siglos para entender el caos que es la vida
Cartografías contemporáneas. Dibujando el pensamiento reúne más de 140 obras entre instalaciones, videoinstalaciones, pinturas, dibujos, proyecciones, arte digital, mapas, etc., procedentes de un amplio abanico de instituciones y galerías
La exposición, que se abre con las reflexiones del cartógrafo Franco Farinelli y finaliza con una entrevista al filósofo Alexander Gerner, también muestra algunas cartografías manuscritas del siglo XVIII procedentes de la Biblioteca Nacional.
Esta exposición presenta un tema de ramificaciones inabarcables. Partiendo del arte, un microespacio de libertad donde repensar y replantear los modelos de conocimiento, propone un mapa —arbitrario, subjetivo e incompleto, como todos los mapas— de las cartografías elaboradas por artistas del siglo XX y de la actualidad que nos invita a interrogarnos sobre los sistemas de representación que usamos y las nociones que subyacen en ellos.)
Desde principios del siglo xx muchos artistas han jugado con el lenguaje cartográfico (surrealistas), con su sintaxis y su gramática (Lewis Carroll, Art & Language), provocando un aparente sinsentido de su lógica (Stanley Brouwn, Artur Barrio).

We map our world in order to gain a glimpse of the reality in which we live. Since time immemorial, maps have been used to represent, translate and encode all kinds of physical, mental and emotional territories. Our representation of the world has evolved in recent centuries and, today, with globalisation and the Internet, traditional concepts of time and space, along with methods for representing the world and knowledge, have been definitively transformed.


In response to this paradigm shift, contemporary artists question systems of representation and suggest new formulas for classifying reality. The ultimate aim of Contemporary Cartographies. Drawing Thought, an exhibition that seeks to draw a map formed by cartographies created by twentieth- and twenty-first century artists, is to invite the visitor to question both the systems of representation that we use and the ideas that underpin them.


The exhibition, organised and produced by ”la Caixa” Foundation, is comprises more than 140 works in a wide range of formats - from maps and drawings to video installations and digital art - on loan from the collections of several major contemporary art galleries. The artists represented include such essential figures as Salvador Dalí, Paul Klee, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Hamilton, Mona Hatoum and Richard Long, shoulder-to-shoulder with a roster of contemporary artists, including Art & Language, Artur Barrio, Carolee Schneemann, Ana Mendieta, Erick Beltrán, On Kawara, Alighiero Boetti, Thomas Hirschhorn and Francis Alÿs, amongst others. Finally, the exhibition is completed by a series of revealing documents drawn up by experts from other fields, such as Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Lewis Carroll and Carl Gustav Jung.


Contemporary Cartographies. Drawing Thought. Organised and produced by: ”la Caixa” Foundation. Dates: 21 November 2012 ? 24 February 2013. Place: CaixaForum Madrid (Paseo del Prado, 36). Curator: Helena Tatay.

 

 

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