Exhibitions


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (ES)   15th february 2015

Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)

The collection covers the artistic transformations occurring in the post-war period, involving two different worlds and two antagonistic systems, the United States and the Soviet Union.

Following the blow that the Holocaust and World War II (which had its rehearsal in the Spanish Civil War) dealt to the utopian ambitions of the avant-garde, modernity isolated itself in its autonomy in order to explain the world. In contrast with this retreat into gestural and expressive abstraction, the society of consumerism took shape and a series of political changes deepened the polarization between the highly-individualistic, Western world and the Soviet collective ideal, two opposing, yet complementary poles. Art, despite its appearance of isolation, was embedded within this complex framework of discourse, where the battle for ideological hegemony was waged in cultural primacy.

Curator : Rosario Peiró Carrasco


Works on loan

Niki de SAINT PHALLE
Tyrannosaurus Rex (Study for King Kong)
Printemps 1963
Jean DUBUFFET
Portrait Cambouis
Décembre 1945
Jean FAUTRIER
Nature morte (Les Pommes à cidre)
Vers 1943
Jean TINGUELY
[Sans titre]
1967
Karel APPEL
Figures
1952
Karel APPEL
Sans titre
Vers 1953
Jean-Michel ATLAN
Sans titre
1946
CÉSAR
Agrafage
1961
CONSTANT
Femme-oiseau
1949
Guillaume CORNEILLE
Homme et bêtes
1951-1952
Jean DUBUFFET
Savonarole
Avril 1954
Jean FAUTRIER
Sarah
1943
Asger JORN
Den forhadte by [La ville détestée]
1951-1952
Mimmo ROTELLA
Come un poema – suono
1960
Daniel SPOERRI
Ich darf nicht tanzen
Juin 1961
Bram VAN VELDE
Sans titre
1956
WOLS
Composition
Vers 1946-1947