The exhibition Architectures and Spaces in the RAC Collection opens up a new avenue in CentroCentro Cibeles work presenting Spanish collections. The project aims to take private initiatives into the public domain. A significant set of works that are of interest to the wider community have been put together thanks to the work and passion for art of these private citizens.
Spanish architect Carlos Rosón is a case in point. He has invested time, effort and enthusiasm into collecting over 300 works by 170 contemporary Spanish and international artists.
Visitors to this exhibition at CentroCentro will discover a collection that is strongly inspired by, as almost always tends to be the case, the concerns, questions and answers of those who have created the collection.
A selection of around 50 pieces illustrates this harmony between contemporary art and the experience and interpretation of space and architecture.
Interest in the representation of space has existed in art history since Antiquity. It is the medium in which people live and for this reason artists from the early days of western civilisation have been investigating ways of overcoming the two-dimensional nature of painting. Plus, for many centuries, representations of spaces and of public and private architecture in art history were strongly linked to the representation of power.
With the arrival of Romanticism and the historical avant-gardes, contemporary artists were released from the academic canons of spatial representation and from the rules set by a governing body, allowing them to work freely. Today's creative artists approach the study of space and architecture with widely differing motives and formats. Artists frequently tackle these subjects to talk about the people of their time, about themselves or about their contemporaries, about the issues and problems that arise in the urban environment. After all, urban spaces are the habitat in which a large part of the population spends their lives and therefore, it is the best way of analysing the behaviour of contemporary men and women. Sometimes, it is "simply" an invitation from the artist to experience new spatial sensations through art.
Architectures and Spaces in the RAC Collection revolves around three main themes: architecture, urban space and domestic space.
The 37 exhibiting artists have worked on these concepts using very different media: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations, and video, light. The exhibition also tries to incorporate the unique features in the rooms of the former Palace of Communications, the work of Galician architect Antonio Palacios.
We hope this exhibition provides the public with some key information that will enable them to understand, critically engage with and enjoy the architecture and spaces around them more actively.
Pia Ogea. Curator
Artists on show:
Ignasi Aballí, Helena Almeida, Juan Araujo, Txomin Badiola, Isidro Blasco, Nathan Carter, Rochelle Costi, Stephen Dean, Roland Fischer, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Aino Kannisto, Candida Höfer, Marlena Kudlicka, Luisa Lambri, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Esko Manniko, Ana Mazzei, Sarah Morris, Carlos Motta, Antoni Muntadas, Miquel Navarro, Tobias Rehberger, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Ruff, Ping Qiu, Diego Santomé, Frank Thiel, Jorg Sasse, Gregor Schneider, Elisa Sighicelli, Roman Signer, Juan Ugalde y Eulalia Valldosera.
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