A peculiar narrative exercise: it encompasses the past and present, and it does so with the works of artists and in the same place in which the testimonies of history and the history of art accumulate: in the museum
Under the title Una Historia del Arte Reciente (1960-2020), the Juan March Foundation and DKV Seguros present an exhibition composed as a whole from the respective collections, which is on display at Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma until 9 July, the first part of which was on display at Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca from June 2021 to January 2022.
The sample is the result of the work produced by the teams of both institutions on each of both collections. It aims to propose a recent history of art -or a history of recent art- produced in Spain during the second half of the last century and the first two decades of the 21st century.
It is a history that does not even consider, for obvious reasons, that it should insist in its limitations. But, it aspires to be told with accuracy and freedom and in the real spaces of two museums through two different collections, with their own particularities and nature.
To that end, the exhibition's team of curators has been working with the DKV Collection's artworks, which are varied in form, practical and belong to artists of one of the 21st century's generations, and with the art pieces belonging to the Juan March Foundation's collection: these, which are in "slow rotation" (an expression coined by Fernando Zóbel) in the institution's two museums, located in Cuenca and Palma, are basically paintings and sculptures by the generations of artists in our country that were active between the sixties and the end of last century.
Photos by Alfredo Casasola / Juan March Foundation Archive
4 workshops, 4 artists
On the occasion of the exhibition Una historia del arte reciente (1960 – 2020), four artists involved in it will deliver four free one-and-a-half day workshops at Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, where they will reflect on their work and share how they work.
3-4 November. Guillermo Mora: Pintura límite
10-11 November. Julia Huete: Composición de tacto y vista
17-18 November. Clara Sánchez Sala: Suficiente estancia para el espacio
24-25 November. Juan Sánchez: Painting: Function substance (try doing this at home)
Workshop Juan Sánchez: Painting: Function substance (try doing this at home)
This workshop proposes an activity revolving around paint, taking the exploration of its materials' behaviour as a framework for action. It is a fact that a sufficient amount of paint can cover a surface. This is an essential function of paint. Another could be to protect the surface.
If it is a metallic paint for exteriors, the surface will be protected against weather elements, such as rain and humidity, and, due to being anchored to a place, the site's specificity can accompany the practice. Sanding and cleaning the surface will probably be required before painting with anti-rust paint, and assuming that the environment has been partially improved, we can see if the result can work beyond the utilitarian issue that initiated this action.