Throughout the 20th century, geometry was an inseparable companion of avantgarde art. Whether promoting an ideal of purity, silencing anything alien to its shapes or speaking of the world once again, geometry provided formalisations for a broad spectrum of artistic practices.
The Persistence of Geometry shows the use of geometrical shapes in the art of the last few decades from a selection of 96 works by 31 artists from the MACBA and ”la Caixa” Foundation collections. This is the second of a series of major exhibitions organised from works belonging to the two institutions with the aim of suggesting different readings of the 5,500 that make up the new collection. After the presentation of Volume! at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) last November there will be new selections at the Bilbao Guggenheim and CaixaForum Palma and a tour of the continent of Asia.
The Persistence of Geometry includes works by Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell, Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Matt Mullican, Richard Long, Francesc Torres, Àngels Ribé, Jordi Colomer, León Ferrari, Damián Ortega, Rodney Graham, James Lee Byars, David Maljkovi?, José Dávila and Ettore Spalletti, among others.
The Persistence of Geometry. Works from ”la Caixa” Foundation and MACBA collections.
Dates: From 15 December 2011 to 25 March 2012.
Venue: CaixaForum Madrid (Paseo del Prado, 36).
Organised and produced by: ”la Caixa” Welfare Projects.
Curator: Nimfa Bisbe, director of ”la Caixa” Foundation Contemporary Art Collection. In association with Bartomeu Marí, director of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).