Barcelona's best art exhibitions
We are before an extraordinary set of artworks by Antoni Tàpies from the period 1946-1977; that is, the beginning of his painting career through to the restoration of the Catalan government. Some 70 impressive works set off a rereading of the artist's corpus in the light of the 21st century, and re-create a civic awareness. In the exhibition there are classics worthy of any Tàpies anthology, such as the inks and works alluding to concrete events. There are also gimmicky works that perhaps don't quite withstand the passage of time. But in all of them we can sense his capacity for action and politics.
One morning in August 1911, in Paris, someone entered the Louvre Museum, picked up the painting 'La Gioconda' and took it without anyone noticing. The exhibition 'Una Certa Foscor' ('A Certain Darkness') takes as a symbolic starting point the black and empty space left behind by the stolen painting to speculate on the question of the eye and the image in relation to the practice of art. It brings together a selection of 14 artworks and documents that explore the ideas of opacity, concealment and absence in the artistic practice, and invites us to think about the how viewers take in art and about the current ways of seeing – and not seeing – images.