contemporary art

Ten Catalan galleries participate at London’s Crossroads international contemporary art fair

October 7, 2016 07:03 PM | ACN / Sara Prim

‘Brick lane’, in East London, is the venue of the first edition of the international contemporary art fair ‘Crossroads’, taking place until the 9th of October. The event features some fifty galleries from 15 different countries: Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, the UAE, the USA and the UK. The Catalan participation, though, is one of the most relevant as it accounts for 20% of the total number of participants. In total, 10 Catalan galleries, most of them from Barcelona but also from other spots, are displaying their contemporary art pieces. The participation of the Catalan galleries has been facilitated by the Art Barcelona association, who for third time has brought together a representation of Catalonia’s galleries, with financial support from the Ministry of Culture. Already in 2014 eight Catalan galleries took part at ArtRío in Brazil and twelve attended ArtInternational Istanbul.

65 galleries across the world took part in 'Swab' International Art Fair

October 5, 2015 11:44 AM | ACN

Barcelona’s International Art Fair, ‘Swab’ aims to make the contemporary art scene more accessible to the general public and this year it had a new focus on African and Caribbean artwork. A record number of 65 galleries from 22 countries around the world took part in the 2015 edition of the event and over 200 emerging artists will present their work. In addition to the overall programme, the 2015 edition of the art fair sees the opening of “Swab Gate” from the Fundació Lluís Coromina, which consists of individual presentations from African and Caribbean artists with a focus on painting.

London's Tate Modern exhibits artworks from the most important Catalan Pop Art artists

September 24, 2015 07:27 PM | ACN

Mari Chordà, Eulàlia Grau and Joan Rabascall pieces can be seen these days in London’s Tate Modern exhibition ‘The World Goes Pop’. Their works are being presented together with sculptures, paintings and videos of the most well-known Pop Art artists internationally. In total, more than 160 artworks from the 60s and 70s showing the history of this artistic movement and exploring the different cultures that contributed to it are on display. Topics range from politics and the human body to public protests, consumerism and domestic revolutions. The exhibition tries to break the myths about Pop Art, traditionally linked to the United States and the work of Andy Warhol, and presents artworks made in Latin America and European countries such as Croatia and Austria.

Argentinean Ferran Barenblit chosen as new director of Barcelona's Contemporary Art Museum MACBA

July 25, 2015 08:17 PM | ACN

Barcelona's Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) is entering a new period, under the leadership of Ferran Barenblit, born in Buenos Aires in 1968. The international competition opened to choose MACBA's new director has resulted in the hiring of Barenblit, who until the present day was Director of Madrid's CA2M Art Centre. Previously, the Argentinean manager had been Director of Barcelona’s Santa Mónica Art Centre (from 2003 to 2008). The MACBA opened a public competition in March, after the previous Director, Bartomeu Marí, resigned in the wake of the great controversy surrounding the last-minute cancellation of a temporary exhibition because one of the sculptures depicted the former King of Spain, Juan Carlos, being sodomised by a dog. The sculpture had been designed by the Austrian artist Ines Doujak. Marí decided to cancel the opening, provoking loud protests from curators and a significant public controversy, with accusations of censorship being aimed at the director.

Chillida gets own exhibition in Barcelona for first time in 11 years

June 15, 2015 09:35 PM | ACN

For the first time in 11 years, the internationally-renowned Basque artist Eduardo Chillida has an exclusive exhibit on display in Barcelona. Since 20 April, the Mayoral Gallery has hosted the Chillida exhibition, 'Awakening' ('Despertar'). The exhibition is comprised of a carefully curated selection of sculptures, drawings and prints, as well as supplementary material for his monumental works photographs and the video 'Art and Dreams' ('El arte y los sueños'). Among the works are two emblematic sculptures, 'La estela' and one of the pieces from the series 'Trembling Iron' ('Hierros de temblor'). Barcelona displays 3 large-scale sculptures of Chillida in the Gothic Quarter and in parks. In 2004, the Jordi Barnadas art gallery hosted the last individual exhibition devoted to the artist held in the Catalan capital.