Culture in motion

Our exhibitions, artists, discoveries and much more

Our exhibitions, artists, discoveries and much more Our exhibitions, artists, discoveries and much more

A space where we can return to our exhibitions guided by the proposals that critics, art historians and photography experts, curators and writers offer us thanks to their collaborations in our newsletter.

And, above all, a space that is also an index (ultimately, a series of indices) which, based on these proposals, will bring us closer to other works, other artists and other experiences in order to enrich our cultural knowledge.

The activities we organize around our exhibition program, exhibitions in other exhibition halls around Spain and overseas as well as the value of our drawing and photography collections and other cultural news will form a regular part of this section.

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Homme qui marche II [The Walking Man II] 1960 Homme qui marche II [The Walking Man II] 1960

Alberto Giacometti
Homme qui marche II [The Walking Man II], 1960
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Alberto Giacometti Estate / VEGAP, 2020

The fleeting embrace of Alberto Giacometti, or the artist in the rain


Giacometti is not an embraceable artist. If we look, for example, at The Walking Man II, we see a silhouette fading away, shedding body mass, consciousness. In a photograph you can see Giacometti crossing the street near his studio in Montparnasse, in the rain, covering his head with his gabardine. His figure fades away, without an umbrella, sheltering under his own raincoat. He could easily pass for one of his figures.

What is culture for? The writer and journalist Alfonso Armada provides us with some clues to walking in the darkness, understanding the meaning of art, the meaning of life.

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La Chanca, Almería, 1957 La Chanca, Almería, 1957

Carlos Pérez Siquier
La Chanca, Almería, 1957
© Carlos Pérez Siquier

The girl in white


The girl’s left arm is resting on the doorjamb and she’s gathered up her little skirt in her right hand. One of her feet is still inside the darkness of the room; her hair has just been brushed, and the sun is shining on part of her face. In La Chanca, a fishing shanty town in Almería, Pérez Siquier was captivated by the dignity of the poor. Between 1956 and 1965 he photographed its architecture of shacks and caves, of dazzling light, of blacks and whites, creating a poetic space that was overwhelming in its beauty yet devastating in terms of its material deprivation.

The photographer Carmela García invites us to take a humble and eye-opening journey on which Pérez Siquier documents the harsh living conditions of post-war Spain.

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Marbella, 1974 Marbella, 1974

Carlos Pérez Siquier
Marbella, 1974
© Carlos Pérez Siquier

Pérez Siquier, Marbella


In Pérez Siquier’s beach scenes you’ll find a whole nation avid for freedom, recreation and sex. There are women who put on a full face of makeup to go the beach and sleep in the sun, liberated creatures and vulgarized bodies, apathy, erotic arousal, the body language of relaxation. During the Sixties and Seventies, the photographer travelled the beaches of Spain, bringing beach photography into color.

Novelist Andrés Barba invites us to discover the wonderful world of real-life bodies by the Almeria-born photographer.

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Patricio Pron Patricio Pron

Richard Learoyd
Rachel, 2009
© Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Being in the world is having already fallen


The women portrayed by Richard Learoyd seem not entirely of this world, but rather trapped in a painful event from the past, suspended in an instant of introspection and, occasionally, perplexity. The women who inhabit his photographs are as vulnerable as they are resolute, as fragile as they are strong, and as captivated by the shadows of the past as they are eager to leave them behind. The novelist Patricio Pron accompanies them on their journey from the shadows to the light.

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Paysage / Landscape, 3 March 1974 Paysage / Landscape, 3 March 1974

Joan Miró
Paysage / Landscape, 3 March 1974
Oil on Canvas
Private collection in temporary storage
© Successió Miró 2019

Paysage (Landscape)


In Madrid, touring the Espacio Miró (Recoletos Exhibition hall) permanent collection is to allow oneself to become infused with the vitality and the thoughtful reflection that define this Catalan artist's work. A text by Estrella de Diego helps us gets to the heart of Paysage, one of the works from the collection and an example of Miro's exercise in refining his painting.

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Jasmijn towards the Light, 2008 Jasmijn towards the Light, 2008

Richard Learoyd
Jasmijn towards the Light, 2008
Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco

Richard Learoyd: the full picture


In Barcelona, there is still time to enjoy the powerful photographs of Richard Learoyd (until 8 September). Come along. Explore.

Explore the suspended universe in the images of this photographer, where times stands still before the completely motionless models. Discussing his work, in an extract from the catalog, the exhibition's curator, Sandra Phillips, offers us some insight into the close relationship between his unique technique (the camera obscura) and the psychological profundity of his portraits.

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Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, 1936 Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, 1936

Berenice Abbott
Canyon: Broadway and Exchange Place, 1936
© Getty Images / Berenice Abbott

Regarding New York


The New York Skyscrapers form an artificial canyon. Their powerful vertical walls make up a dense network in which architecture rises up into the sky and where stories intertwine. It is so delightful to lose oneself in these photographs where the density of the image is not only down to the buildings, but also due to the signs: signs that clutter up the sidewalks, windows displays and stores full of posters and products...Buildings in construction and scenes of daily life fill the frames with stories that depict a key city in the cultural landscape of the 20th century.

Guided by Javier Rodríguez Barberán, tenured professor of the E.T.S de Arquitectura de Sevilla (Seville School of Architecture), we will immerse ourselves in the fascinating kaleidoscope of the metropolis that Berenice Abbott's lens offers us.

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