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Several museums and foundations and most galleries in Barcelona specialize in contemporary art. The galleries often present national artists or emerging art, while museums bring international art exhibitions or propose re-readings of their collections.

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April 2017
10€

Forensic Architecture – Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

28 April - 15 October
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

In recent years the little-known research group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. While providing crucial evidence for international courts and working with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International and the UN, Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, it has also given rise to a new form of investigative practice, to which it has…

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May 2017
Free

Subirachs. Work on paper and sculpture (1957-2008)

4 May - 28 October
Galería Eude, Consell de Cent, 278 08007 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Josep Maria Subirachs (Barcelona, ​​1927-2014), sculptor, painter, draftsman and engraver. Galeria Eude organizes an exhibition to commemorate the 90th anniversary of his birth. The Subirachs exhibition in Eude focuses on original ink drawings, etchings and lithographs (his preferred printing techniques) and small sculptures of small format. The work of Subirachs is characterized by the analysis of dualities and oppositions: horizontal-vertical, positive-negative, masculine-feminine, space-time, life-death. The topics are: Architectural elements of the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman world. Tributes to characters admired by…

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Free

International Airport

17 May - 30 September
3 Punts Galería, Enric Granados, 21 08007 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Collective exhibition with a selection of works of universal theme in different disciplines realized by artists with a solid international projection.

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10€

Collection MACBA. Martha Rosler: God Bless America!

18 May - 15 October
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

A pioneer in the use of video as a tool for social and political analysis in the 1970s, Martha Rosler (New York, 1943) continues to challenge Western ways of life. For almost fifty years of artistic practice and with a recognized international trajectory, his proposals provide a critical look at the myths and realities of contemporary culture. Rosler incorporates his literary training and his interest in textuality to a visual work that updates the direct language of pop art along…

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June 2017
6€

Björk Digital

14 June - 24 September
CCCB, Montalegre, 5 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

«Björk Digital» is an immersive virtual reality exhibition featuring digital and video works from the collaboration of this iconic Icelandic artist and some of the best visual programmers and artists in the world. The exhibition, which reaches the CCCB after its passage through Tokyo, Sydney, Montreal, Reykjavik, London and Los Angeles is a unique opportunity to visit the exhibition in our country.

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Free

Lightforms / Soundforms. Brian Eno

14 June - 2 October
Arts Santa Mónica, La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona España + Google Map

Lightforms / Soundforms is, to date, the world's most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the work of Brian Eno as an artist. For the occasion, the artist has created the piece New Space Music, a musical installation specifically conceived for his visit and to be listened to in the Max Cahner Cloister in Arts Santa Mònica. The exhibition also includes his icon installation 77 Million Paintings (which will occupy the centre's second floor), a huge generative audio-visual installation. This means that the…

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7€

Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus

14 June - 25 September
Fundación Antoni Tàpies, Aragó, 255 08007 Barcelona  + Google Map

The artist’s first individual exhibition in Spain. The Fundació will show the work in which Sekula observes and analyses the impact of maritime economy on the incipient globalisation of the 1990s, as well as the new moral premises imposed by neoliberalism.

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Free

Jose Dávila

20 June - 29 October
Blueproject Foundation, Princesa 57 - 08003 Barcelona España + Google Map

Blueproject Foundation presents "Every Blind Wondering Ends in a Circle", the first solo show of the Mexican artist Jose Dávila in Barcelona. The exhibition, which can be seen in Il Salotto from June 20th to October 29th, 2017, presents 4 sculptures from the series Joint Effort, a group of works in which the artist reflects on the attraction and tension between the materials, emphasizing, in this case, the relationship of transparency and opacity. The sculptures convey simultaneously the interests of…

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July 2017
Free

Classic and contemporary art

6 July - 29 September
Galería Marlborough Barcelona, Enric Granados, 68, 08008 Barcelona  + Google Map

CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY ART is presented as an exhibition characterized by the eclecticism of the different artistic techniques used today. During the twentieth century, with the beginning of modernity and avant-garde art, the artists dissociated themselves from the Academy, which meant total freedom for their creative experimentation, which, in turn, resulted in a proliferation of different artistic movements. With this innovation the support evolved into unsuspected places, abandoning the usual canvas or board. During the 21st century this freedom continues…

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Free

155. The ballad of Simón – Gonzalo Elvira

8 July - 8 October
La Virreina, La Rambla, 99 08002 Barcelona España + Google Map

Curator: Valentín Roma Opening: Friday 7 July, 7:00 p.m. This exhibition reconstructs, through drawings, cartographies and documentary materials, the biography of Simon Radowitzky. Radowitzky was an Ukrainian-Argentinean anarchist who, after the brutal police repression that took place during the Red Week of Buenos Aires, in 1909, attacked the responsible police chief, Ramón Lorenzo Falcón, for which he was condemned to perpetuity in The Criminal Law of Ushuaia. The projects of Gonzalo Elvira (Patagonia, 1971) investigate collective moments that compose, so…

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Free

David Ostrowski – Bei mir geht es in den Keller hoch

14 July - 1 October
Blueproject Foundation, Princesa 57 - 08003 Barcelona España + Google Map

The Blueproject Foundation presents "Bei mir geht es in den Keller hoch", the first personal exhibition of the artist David Ostrowski in Spain that can be seen in the Sala Project from July 14th to October 1st, 2017. The exhibition allows the visitors to discover the pictorial work of the artist, presenting a selection of paintings, as well as a large installation that will occupy the center of the Sala Project. Cologne-based artist, David Ostrowski (b. 1981) has created an “oeuvre of paintings that…

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7€

Joan Miró. Gallery of anti-portraits

18 July - 8 October
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

Joan Miro. Gallery of anti-portraits aims to highlight the artist's expressive dexterity and freedom as an engraver, capable of achieving, by means of etching, aquatint or carborundum, material and gestural effects close to those of painting.

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September 2017
Free

Art Nou – Pirmera visión

5 September - 23 September
Varios en Barcelona, 08001, Barcelona España + Google Map

An impulse to the emergent creation and to the new artistic generations 5 - 23/09 Art Nou is an activation device of the emerging art scene that aims to discover and spread new artistic talents. A complete program of exhibitions, workshops, talks and visits to studios in galleries and art spaces throughout the city, which during the month of September will make Barcelona the epicenter of young art. More than 20 artists will opt for the Art Nou 2017 Award,…

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Free

Kepa Garraza and Frank Plant

7 September - 23 September
Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo, Aribau, 75 08036 Barcelona España + Google Map

The art gallery Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo is glad to announce the opening of two exhibitions the next 7th of September at 7 pm: “Power” by Patrik Grijalvo and “Everything is Bent” by Frank Plant. The event will be attended by both artists. ¡You are all invited!

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Free

LOOKS

7 September - 30 September
Galería Miguel Marcos, Jonqueres, 10 08003 Barcelona  + Google Map

The gallery Miguel Marcos begins the season with the exhibition Looks, with work by six artists from such contrasting universes as Stephan Balkenhol, Alan Charlton, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jonathan Lasker, Glen Rubsamen and David Tremlett. A sample that goes from figuration to abstraction, through collage and landscaping. Starting from the merely physical fact, where the gaze is the window of our body that actually allows us to glimpse our interior, the works that are exhibited present an artistic perspective, where observation…

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Free

Mathis Gasser: World Guards

9 September - 1 October
Cordova – Barcelona, Portugalete, 15, 08014 Barcelona España + Google Map

*Opening performance at 20 h featuring Tamara Renée Davidson a live song by Lu Rois. Exhibition runs from 9 September until 1 October 2017. cordova.gallery

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Free

Matters of Touch – Ania Nowak

12 September - 29 October
Arts Santa Mónica, La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona España + Google Map

Research performances: Fridays and Saturdays 17:30h – 20:30h This is an exercise in listening to materials from their ability to feel, coexist and become unbearably intimate. It is also an invitation to a generative practice of constant attention that oscillates between the haptic and the visual, the unknown and the discernible, the evolutionary and the momentary. Matters of Touch deals with surfaces such as scintillation and micro-change zones, palpable pleasures and porous temporalities. If, as Anne Carson says, contact is…

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10€

ENTHUSIASM. The challenge and the obstinacy in the MACBA Collection

14 September 2017 - 5 May 2019
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The artists present in the exhibition are: Ignasi Aballí, Vito Acconci, Maja Bajevic, Marcel Broodthaers, Anne-Lise Coste, Esther Ferrer, Peter Friedl, Richard Hamilton, Emanuel Licha, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cildo Meireles, Younes Rahmoun, Tere Recarens , Àngels Ribé, Dieter Roth, Mireia Sallarès and Zush. "Enthusiasm. The challenge and the commitment in the MACBA Collection »is a project that approaches the contemporaneity from an optimistic, persistent and passionate perspective. A direct concept that, instead of placing the works within a certain thematic or…

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4€

Andy Warhol. Mechanical art

14 September 2017 - 31 December 2017
CaixaForum, Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8 08038 Barcelona España + Google Map

The show underscores the way in which Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York, 1987) captures the commodity cult of nineteenth-century industrial inventions. Always attentive to the technical and industrial advance, Warhol used all kinds of techniques and machines, from the silkscreen to the video recorder, with productive patterns that he himself defined as "typical of an assembly line." This seemingly impersonal mechanical art cynically denies any intentional spiritual charge. Warhol's nihilistic silence is, in fact, one of the factors…

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Free

“Enllaç” Fina Oliver

14 September - 30 September
Galería Victor Saavedra, Enric Granados, 97 08008 Barcelona España + Google Map

Exhibition of the new works of the artist Fina Oliver.

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10€

Poesía Brossa

21 September 2017 - 2 February 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

MACBA presents a comprehensive survey of the work of this pioneering artist, from his early books to his latest visual investigations, and including his work in the theatre, cinema, music and artistic actions. Joan Brossa (Barcelona, 1919-1998) was first and foremost a poet, but we believe it is necessary to see this in relation to his way of working, his poiesis. This exhibition establishes a dialogue and confronts Brossa’s work with the poetry of artists such as Marcel Marien, Nicanor…

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Free

D’Ici à Ici – Tere Recarens

21 September - 23 November
Hans & Fritz Contemporary, San Gil 17, 08001 Barcelona España + Google Map

HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY is pleased to present the exhibition D’Ici à Ici, by the artist TERE RECARENS. Her work is profiled as a process of documentation of her own life, a collection of minimal and accidental testimonies where it is practically impossible to appreciate the border between art and life.

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Free

Jungles – Xevi Solà

21 September - 3 November
Galería Esther Montoriol, Diputació 339, 08009 Barcelona España + Google Map

Thursday, September 21, at the opening of the individual jungle exhibition of Xevi Solà at Esther Montoriol Gallery on Diputació Street, 339 Barcelona.

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Gerard Ortín “Reserve”

21 September - 5 November
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

Opening 21.09, at 7pm Guided tour by the artist and curator, at 6pm Often the boundaries surrounding a forest, a mountain or a field - or even a nature reserve, a wildlife corridor or a special area of conservation - are permeable and contingent, as is the terminology we use to designate them. Despite their contingency, these boundaries, which are not always evident, mark a distinction between what is in one place and what in another. They determine what lies…

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Free

La Mercè at the Miró – Open doors

24 September
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

Celebrating the Festes de la Mercè, this Sunday, 24 September from 10 am to 3 pm, the Fundació Joan Miró offers free admission to the exhibition galleries, a great chance to visit the Joan Miró colection, and the temporary exhibitions 'The Way Things Do'; 'Reserve', by Gerard Ortín at Espai 13, and 'From a Pixel a Poem' by Cloe Masotta in the foyer. Public transportation is recommended. https://www.fmirobcn.org/en/visit-us/how-to-get-here/

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4€

FERNANDO VIJANDE Y 51 artists: 1971/1986

27 September 2017 - 10 March 2018
Fundación Suñol, Passeig de Gràcia, 98 08008 Barcelona   Spain + Google Map

The great exposition of the Fundació Suñol for 2017 revolves around the figure of Fernando Vijande, occupying all the rooms available to the Fundació Suñol, including the Nivell Zero. 51 artists participate in this tour through the professional career of one of the gallerists who most supported, consolidated and made visible the work of all those who exhibited from the early 70's until 1986, the year of his death, both in the Vandrés Gallery and later in The Vijande Gallery.

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Free

I love U jungle

27 September - 10 November
Bombon projects, Trafalgar 45, 08010 Barcelona España + Google Map

Translation in French means transfer. Diane Guyot (Marseille, 1980) uses the double meaning of this word in French and English to stage the problems she detects during the workshops she has been conducting with immigrants coming from the recently dismantled Calais' camp, also known as the Calais Jungle; the door to England coming from France and the expected move to a supposed better life. The artist plays with the meaning and sound of words. Through phrases taken out of context…

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Free

Cyclic Journey/s

27 September - 15 December
Goethe-Institut Barcelona, Roger de Flor, 224, 08025 Barcelona España + Google Map

Everything flows and everything comes back. The debate over the essence and definition of time has fascinated philosophers, scientists and all sorts of thinkers throughout the history of mankind. Among the various principles, measurements and interpretations of time - conceived by different religious, philosophical or scientific views - the most well-known are linear and cyclical readings. This exhibition reflects on the concept of "cyclical journey", on visions and circular and elliptical movements, and on those phenomena and experiences (sometimes predictable,…

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8€ - 24€

SWAB Barcelona Art Fair

28 September - 1 October
Fira de Barcelona, Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, s/n, Barcelona España + Google Map

Swab Barcelona is an international art fair that brings together galleries from around the world, curated projects, and collection programs to showcase young, emerging talent in contemporary art. It is a place to discover the most innovative artistic proposals and meet the local and international artists from all disciplines who are pushing the boundaries of expression and tracing the course of the art scene for coming years. In 2017, Swab Barcelona celebrates its 10th anniversary edition, from September 28th to October…

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Free

Barcelona Gallery Weekend

28 September - 1 October
Barcelona, 08001 Barcelona España + Google Map

Barcelona Gallery Weekend is an annual 4-day event about contemporary and avant-garde art which takes place in Barcelona and its outskirts (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat). In 2017 Barcelona Gallery Weekend celebrates its third edition. Organized by Art Barcelona, the programme presents the projects of the selected galleriesand two parallel programmes: Compositions and D'esquenes a la galeria. Barcelona Gallery Weekend aims to reinforce art collecting in the city and to value the labour of the galleries as culture generating spaces open to the public. ADN Galeria Àmbit Galeria d'Art Ana Mas Projects àngels barcelona Bombon projects…

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Free

Iñaki Bonillas: The triumph of solitary life

28 September - 11 November
Galería ProjecteSD, Passatge Mercader, 8, 08008 Barcelona  + Google Map

OPENING, 28.09.2017, 19.00 H. EXHIBITION: 29.09 > 11.11.2017 PART OF THE BARCELONA GALLERY WEEKEND: 28.09 > 1.10.2017 SAVE THE DATE!!

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Free

Marta Rosler: 1981 (the year the future began)

28 September - 17 November
àngels barcelona, Pintor Fortuny, 27 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

On the occasion of this year’s edition of Barcelona Gallery Weekend àngels barcelona is pleased to present the exhibition “Martha Rosler: 1981 (the year the future began)”. The exhibition presents a group of mostly unpublished photographs, taken in 1981, a key moment in the neo-vanguardist politicization of Rosler's work. That year, Rosler published her book 3 Works, which synthesized some key work from the 1970s and which marked a turning point in her career, partly because it included the publication…

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Young Gallery Weekend

29 September - 1 October
Barcelona, 08001 Barcelona España + Google Map

14 GALLERIES, 58 ARTISTS, 3 DAYS, 1 ALTERNATIVE YGW III Edition 2017 # ygw2017 YGW is the Independent Contemporary Art Festival of Barcelona, ​​where emerging and independent galleries, creative spaces, artists and cultural projects are the leading roles. Galeries: Àcid Sulfúric Anaglifos Art Factory ArtDealProject Bien Cuadrado CAGE Galeria Cromo El Catascopio Escalera de Incendios  Espronceda Fifty Dots Gallery Sala Hiroshima Olivart Art Gallery PLOM Gallery / Arte contemporáneo para niños. Projekteria Art Gallery Projects: IGLOR Soluciones Audiovisuales Avanzadas VocDat…

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Free

Meta Isæus-Berlin – Double Gaze

29 September - 22 November
L&B Contemporary Art Gallery, Àlaba, 58, 08005 Barcelona España + Google Map

META Isæus-Berlin Double Gaze 29.09.2017 > 22.11.2017 OPENING Friday 29th September, 19:00h - 21:00h THE ARTIST WILL ATTEND THE EXHIBITION. Gallery schedule: Tuesday to Friday 10:00h- 14:00h // 16:00-19:00h. Prior appointment available: Saturday-Monday. L&B contemporary art gallery (Àlaba, 58 Barcelona) presents Double Gaze, an exhibition by Meta Isæus-Berlin. Considered one of the most important installation artists in Sweden, she has represented her country in various biennials such as Venice Biennale, Johannesburg Biennale and Istanbul Biennale. She has partnered up with…

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October 2017
1€

Lita Cabellut – Lita Cabellut

5 October 2017 - 27 May 2018
Espai Volart, Ausiàs Marc, 22. 08010 Barcelona España + Google Map

Recognition of artistic trajectory. Lita Cabellut (1961, Sariñena, Huesca) is a Spanish and Gypsy painter based in The Hague, Netherlands. Cabellut works with large format canvases using a characteristic variation of the fresco technique. +info

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10€

Muestreo #2. This is mail art

10 October 2017 - 7 January 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

Sampling # 2. This is mail art groups a series of MACBA Archive contents linked to artistic practices that have used mail delivery as a distribution system. Although multiple essays can be found with the postal medium during the avant-garde era, the use of the term mail art-art by mail or postal art-did not extend into the field of artistic experimentation until well into the 1960s. At the outset, these creations of artists for artists are conceived as trade-free exchanges…

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10€

MACBA Collection. Under the surface

11 October 2017 - 1 November 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The exhibition MACBA Collection. Under the surface, which will consist of about thirty works from the MACBA Collection and three from the Contemporary Art Collection of the "La Caixa" Foundation, will be presented on the floor 0 of the museum since October 10 this year Until the same dates of the next 2018. The collected works share the interest in the problems derived from representation and its limits, as well as the concern for the relevance and potential incidence of…

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12€

The entropic box. Collision of History and Culture

20 October 2017 - 14 January 2018
MNAC, Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona España + Google Map

Francesc Torres, Catalan multifaceted artist, wants to transform a part of the museum into an entropic box highlighting its preservation function. By favoring works mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries selected from the museum's collection, Torres explores the collision between history and culture while reflecting on the nature of museums. Torres, despite not having done any of the works, has chosen them as a curator and, at the same time, will use them as objets trouvés, that is, as…

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7€

Sumer and the Modern Paradigm

28 October 2017 - 21 January 2018
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

The exhibition Sumer and the modern paradigm puts in conversation the Mesopotamian creation and the work of modern artists, especially during the period between the wars (1920-1945). At the same time, it wants to find an answer to the modern fascination with the findings of the ancient Near East.

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November 2017
10€

Rosemarie Castoro. Focus to infinity

9 November 2017 - 15 April 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

Rosemarie Castoro. Focusing on infinity will be the first major institutional retrospective of Castoro's work and will focus on the period 1964-1979. Castoro (1939-2015) began as an artist in the United States at a time when minimalism and conceptualism were part of the New York vanguard. The exhibition will show his work in detail for the first time, revealing the diversity of an artistic practice that includes abstract painting, conceptual art, performative actions in the street and in study, poetry,…

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