In this selection of photographs-most of which convey low temperatures, were taken at dusk or at times of low luminosity-, we find elements that can both open or close a space or dissolve its boundaries and contours. Mayoral photographs places that might seem hostile, places where time has been suspended, a time that does not seem to exist and that the locations do not allow to situate or signify.
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1946-1947 Barcelona – Mont-roig – Karachi
This selection of photographs by Joaquim Gomis captures a historic and personal moment of suspended time and a sense of emptiness, of collective post-traumatic shock, of phantoms and absences, of dejection and very slow reconstruction. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, new collective confrontations were erupting which were often the result of the dismantling of European ’empires’ and the beginning of the Cold War. Coinciding with the solo exhibition of Nalini Malani (born in Karachi, Undivided India, in 1946) at Fundació Joan Miró, we delved into Gomis’ archive to find photographs from those two years that would convey the prevailing mood in Catalonia right at the moment when what was known as British India was declaring its independence. A declaration that came with a territorial partition that brought about a wave of sectarian violence that, like in Spain, left a legacy that still needs reckoning and reconciliation.
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Nalini Malani: You Don’t Hear Me
The Indian artist Nalini Malani, the winner of the 2019 Joan Miró Prize, presents a selection of works from her entire career, in which feminist thought and the condemnation of violence are ever-present.
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Miró. Antoni Llena Constellation
The artist Antoni Llena presents a large constellation of drawings by Joan Miró that fills an entire room in the permanent collection section. Llena’s selection, comprising 150 pieces from the Fundació’s holdings, includes drawings which are at the root of Miró’s most renowned works and others which the artist repeated for years without ever actually developing them into paintings. In the case of this constellation, Llena’s work is the selection itself.
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Miró Shadows with a Light of Their Own
In the late 1970s, after Franco died, Barcelona photographer Antoni Bernad took portraits of the leading personalities in Catalan culture from Joan Miró’s generation.
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Vietnamese artist Thao Nguyen Phan, the winner of the first edition of the Han Nefkens - LOOP Barcelona Award, presents a production filmed in the rural areas of the Mekong Delta.
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The Sound Art? exhibition offers a critical interrogation of this category in art and presents an overview of the sonorisation of the art object from the late nineteenth century until today.
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Turn it all turns
Turn it all turns is an educational project and series of four exhibitions that focuses on a range of processes and protocols that enable us to understand, relate to and experiment with our immediate surroundings. By playing with languages and meanings, the series aims to throw up critical insights that make us question the codes that shape our perception.
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Cunningham, Cage & Tudor (Sitges, 1966)
Thanks to Joan Miró’s generosity, Barcelona’s Club 49 invited the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to perform in Sitges in 1966. Joaquim Gomis, who was one of the club members, was able to photograph the American troupe, which included John Cage and David Tudor, at the famed La Ricarda residence during a break, as well as at a rehearsal prior to their perfomance.
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In 1988, the NorthAmerican Steve Reich, one of the leading figures of minimalism, composed a piece about the Jewish Holocaust. Almost thirty years later, this video work by Beatriz Caravaggio confers visual life on the score interpreted by the Kronos Quartet.
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Miró always expressed his admiration for Gaudí’s work, valuing the architect’s penchant for risk and improvisation. The two artists viewed nature as the root of all their creative endeavours.
The exhibition features the Gaudí Series prints, which Miró produced as a tribute to the architect in 1979, and a selection of Miró’s sculptures which establish a dialogue with Joaquim Gomis’ photographs of Gaudí’s architecture.
Visible Invisible (Animal Light)
With no manipulation whatsoever -with just water, light, and a camera - Bufill captures real images in a fraction of a second and turns them into hypnotic apparitions.
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