Foundation Telefónica Madrid Presents the Retrospective, ‘The Arcadian Modern’

The Spanish Corporation Presents the Artwork of Uruguayan Joaquin Torres-Garcia

June 23rd, 2016

The exhibition was hosted by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where it was on display between October 25th 2015 and February 15th 2016. The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the Picasso Museum in Malaga, where it will be displayed between October 10th and February 5.

Curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas, the exhibition was a retrospective, which focused on the individuality of an artist who escapes classification. It also reviewed the work of Torres-Garcia, ranging from his early paintings in Barcelona at the end of the 19th century to his last works, created in Montevideo in 1949.

The exhibition, encompassing various forms of art, such as painting, sculpture, cool, drawing and collage, takes us on a tour covering the first half of the nineteenth century. It highlights more than 170 works of art, showcasing the most important achievements of the Uruguayan-Spanish artist (Uruguay, 1874-1949).

Joaquin Torres-Garcia (Uruguay, 1874-1949) is considered a crucial figure in the modern art movement. Through his work he adopted the formal freedom of modernity, without sharing the obsession with progress seen in numerous modern ideologies.

The work appears structured chronologically. First are works dating back to the late nineteenth century in Barcelona, among which are a series of monumental frescoes for the Saló de San Jordi in the Palau de la Generalitat de Barcelona. In this part of the exhibition we can see how the modernism of the Spanish city, Barcelona, led the artist to create new forms of representation, including the juxtaposition of surfaces and figures, condensing depth and density.

Thus the exhibition takes us on a journey through different works, in which we see the influence of the places where he lived and worked, including New York, Paris and Montevideo.

The exhibition concludes with his late works, summarising the contribution Torres-Garcia’s work made to modernism.

The exhibition can be seen at the Telefónica Foundation in Madrid until September 11th 2016.


Cultural Diplomacy News
Carlota Auzmendi, CD News