Entitled A recent history of art (1960-2020), this exhibition presented by Fundación Juan March and DKV Seguros is a jointly created project based on their respective art collections. It will be shown at the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca from June 2021 to January 2022 and subsequently at the Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma between February and May 2022.
The exhibition is the result of the work by the DKV and Juan March teams on their respective collections. It aims to offer a recent history of art - or a history of recent art - in Spain in the second half of the 20th century and the first two decades of the present one. This is a history which does not feel obliged to emphasise its limitations as these are self-evident. It does, however, aspire to being recounted in a free and rigorous manner and in the real spaces of two museums through two different collections defined by their particular characteristics and personalities. In order to achieve this the exhibition’s curatorial team has firstly worked with the exhibits from the DKV collection, which are varied in type and artistic discipline and have been created by artists whose generation is that of the 21st century. Secondly it has focused on the pieces from the Fundación Juan March collection; displayed in “slow rotation” (to quote Fernando Zóbel) in the Fundación’s two museums in Cuenca and Palma, these are essentially paintings and sculptures by the generations of artists active in Spain from the 1960s to the end of the 20th century.
The project is about more than simply juxtaposing works by various generations. Rather it makes use of these works to visually harmonise not merely formal coincidences and resemblances but some of the possible histories of recent art (or the possible recent histories of art) in Spain through the works’ proximities, connections, continuities, innovations and ruptures, serious and ironic quotations, and historical and thematic disparities. The exhibition also reveals the evolution that has taken place since the 1960s from painting and sculpture to conceptual practices, installation, the de-materialisation of the work of art, the presence of the multidisciplinary, the emergence and entry into museums of audiovisual and digital art, and finally the return of painting and sculpture.
The exhibition is the museum in the sense that A recent history of art (1960-2020) occupies all the spaces in the Hanging Houses where Fernando Zóbel founded the Museo de Arte Abstracto in 1966 with his personal collection of abstract painting and sculpture of the 1960s and 1970s. Around 80 exhibits from the Cuenca museum will be juxtaposed with nearly 100 works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, sound pieces and installations) selected from the more than 800 that make up the DKV Collection. Begun in 2007, this collection primarily focuses on artistic practices from the start of the 21st century onwards. The exhibition will be shown first in Cuenca and then in Palma where it will occupy all the galleries in the Museu Fundación Juan March. It includes works by Salvador Dalí, Eduardo Chillida, Manolo Millares, Joan Miró, Pablo Palazuelo, Jorge Oteiza, Antonio Saura, Antoni Tàpies, Gustavo Torner, Fernando Zóbel, Irma Álvarez-Laviada, Rosana Antolí, Edu Comelles, Christian García Bello, Julia Huete, Juan López, Guillermo Mora, Juan Sánchez, Clara Sánchez Sala, Teresa Solar and many others.
Conceived from the outset as a project in progress and one with an essentially educational character, the exhibition is accompanied by a digital resource available at www.march.es. This features a wide range of constantly expanded resources and has a significant educational component. It includes a virtual tour of the two exhibition spaces with texts and commentaries (text and spoken) by the curators and some of the participating artists; texts relating to the discussions concerning the selection of works; the meaning of each work in the exhibition and the exhibition’s principal arguments; and finally, numerous routes around the exhibition that can be selected and the related educational material prepared by the two collections’ teams which will be used in the two museums’ educational programmes from September 2021 onwards.
A recent history of art (1960-2020) offers an unusual and innovative narrative exercise, boldly juxtaposing the immediate past with today and doing so through works by artists and in the very place where historical and art-historical accounts are accumulated over time: the museum.
The exhibition can be seen at the:
Museo de Arte Abstracto Español
Until January 6, 2022