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Iceberg. La realitat invisible

  • Rated as: 4/5

'Iceberg. Invisible Reality' offers a journey through a world of appearances that invite visitors to reflect on the images and their partial and selective condition of reality. Nineteen works by Jeff Wall, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Ignasi Aballí, Stan Douglas, and Dora García, among others, present the paradox, so common in the world today, of confusing reality and appearances.

  1. Fundació Francisco Godia Diputació, 250, Eixample Dret, 08007
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Sun May 18
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Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

  • Rated as: 4/5

At the age of 77, Le Corbusier went for a swim in the Mediterranean and was swallowed by the sea. It was the summer of 1965, and he'd already spent more than six decades fighting with the landscape. Although he was born in Switzerland, or perhaps because he was born in the geographic centre of Swiss timing, he became a poetic machinist who produced housing accommodation (houses and flats), he conceived enormous cities redrawing the landscape from an airplane, and he transformed reinforced concrete into the dominant material of the modern age.You can see this, and much more, in the CaixaForum, itself a modernist building apparently far removed from the theories drawn by the man born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1887 – Roquebrune-Cap- Martin, 1965) and widely known by the pseudonym Le Corbusier. 'An Atlas of Modern Landscapes', the subtitle of the exhibition, is the most comprehensive ever seen, and will explain the intention of the curator, Jean-Louis Cohen: architecture, which was less appreciated when engineering got in touch with its creative side, searches for a new space in the urban universe and ends up rooting itself in line with the saying taken from the Goya painting, 'the sleep of reason produces monsters'.Le Corbusier, as can be seen through objects, models, photographs, drawings, installations and various documents, was a multifaceted creator. His ideology was above the mainstream: he worked for Soviet communists, Italian fascists, South Ameri

  1. CaixaForum Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
  2. Wed Jan 29 - Sun May 11
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Grup R. Motor of Modernity

  • Rated as: 3/5

Architecture exhibitions that are sparse on models don't exactly have 'em queueing up around the block. Not to make tedious comparisons between the Le Corbusier exhibition at the CaixaForum and this one from Grup R showing in the MACBA, but, despite a common base of the epic genre of modernity and a certain chronological coexistence, the former is about the genesis of a universal movement, while the latter has to do with a group of young people who got together to get control of the framework of Catalan cultural power.Under a single letter, two generations, one born in 1913 and the other in 1925, bring back the modern movement after the parentheses of the Civil War. They also take the power away from the Architects Association, FAD and wherever else they need to, according to talented designer Ricard Giralt Miracle and photographs by Català Roca. But, of course, we know what they say about apples and oranges. In the exhibition, the black and white levels the playing field ... historical contribution or blurred lines?

  1. MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani Plaça dels Àngels, 1, El Raval, 08001
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Mon Jun 23
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Colita. Perquè sí!

Colita is one of the most prominent names in contemporary Catalan photography. He learned the trade with Xavier Miserachs, has shot portraits of businesspeople, artists and intellectuals of the 'Gauche Divine', and has also collaborated with Catalonia's VIPs, working with magazines such as Interviú, Fotogramas and Destino, among others. The exhibition 'Colita. Just because!', curated by Laura Terré, gives a detailed look at his career and also peeks into his personal universe, invoking his eye full of intention and humour.

  1. La Pedrera Provença, 261-265, Eixample, 08008
  2. Tue Mar 11 - Sun Jul 13
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Formentera on/off

  • Free

First you live Formentera, and then you leave Formentera, and then you long for Formentera, such are the effects of this insular island. Photographer Marta Mengod has portrayed what she feels when she's on the island and when she's not in this personal series that's on exhibition now after having been archived for some time.

  1. Galeria Miquel Alzueta Sèneca, 9, Gràcia
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Fri Apr 25
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Just davant nostre (Before our eyes)

With 'Just davant nostre' ('Before our eyes'), the MACBA delves into the goings-on in the Mediterranean area of north Africa and the Middle East, and the emergence of new forms of civil society in the context of the Arab world. The project centres on the Rif mountains, where there has been an experience exchange between artists and the people of the Maghreb. This experience has led to changes in artistic processes in relation to their context, and to the reflection on the notion of authorship, the conditions of creating a work of art, and its registration within the institution of the museum and within history.

  1. MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani Plaça dels Àngels, 1, El Raval, 08001
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Sun May 18
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Secret

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Concept, stage direction and performance: Johann Le Guillerm. Musical performance: Alexandre Piques.This 'mental circus' piece comes to us courtesy of the acrobat, juggler and manipulator of objects and one of the most singular figures in contemporary circus Johann Le Guillerm, within the project 'Attraction', which points to a utopia, a circular look at our surroundings, where our modern eye paints a coat of gloss on everything it sees. It's 360 degrees of circus.

  1. Plaça Margarida Xirgu Plaça Margarida Xirgu
  2. Mon Apr 21
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