”la Caixa” Foundation presents the programme for the 2016-2017 season at its cultural centre in Barcelona, a programme marked by quality and variety, offering something for all audiences.
In 2015, the 48 exhibitions presented at the seven CaixaForum centres received more than 2,1 million visitors. CaixaForum Barcelona hosted more than 2,400 activities last year, attracting more than 775,000 visitors.
As a result of the partnership established with the British Museum in 2015, we will be able to see The Pillars of Europe. Based on objects from the British centre’s collections, this ambitious show devoted to the Middle Ages will focus on some of the key events, personalities and aspects that helped to form Europe.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, CaixaForum Barcelona will present an exceptional selection of works from the Madrid gallery’s collections, including such names as Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Picasso, Chagall and Hopper.
Another in-house production, in this case prepared in cooperation with La Cinémathèque Française, will explore the influence that the cinema has exercised on fine art -and vice versa- since the seventh art first emerged 120 years ago.
The season will close with a major retrospective devoted to the father of “metaphysical painting”: Giorgio de Chirico. This will be the first exhibition presented in our country featuring works from the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome.
Documentary photography will take centre stage in an exhibition celebrating the twentieth edition of the FotoPres competition and a show devoted to the latest project by Cristina García Rodero, who was commissioned by the Foundation to travel to India to document the role of women in rural communities in Anantapur district.
As regards more contemporary art, two shows will be organised around recent acquisitions of works by the artists Nicolás Paris and Tony Oursler.
The season will also focus on a project in which art plays a vital role as a tool for social advancement. Balsam and Fugue suggests a dialogue between works from the ”la Caixa” Collection and art produced by inmates at prisons in Catalonia.