Sun. Dec 15th, 2019

The Pompidou puts another foot in Spain

The Center Pompidou of Paris, which in 2015 opened its first branch outside of France in Malaga, expands its presence in Spain. The prestigious museum has reached an agreement with The Caixa whereby, until 2024, they will jointly organize six exhibitions from the collections of their collection, the largest of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The exhibitions, in which photography, architecture and design will have a special role, will be exhibited in the different centers of CaixaForum.

The agreement has been announced by the Deputy General Director of Fundació Bancària La Caixa, Elisa Durán, and by the president of the Center Pompidou, Serge Lasvignes, who have highlighted the importance of collaboration based on complicity and trust. This new alliance reinforces La Caixa's ties with other major museums such as the Prado, the Louvre or the British Museum, with those who have been working in recent years, and that have led to some of the most visited samples of its history.

Woman in blue, April 25, 1944, Picasso

Woman in blue, April 25, 1944, Picasso
(© Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Jean-Claude Planchet / Dist. RMN-GP © Succession Picasso)

The new agreement with Pompidou reinforces some areas that in recent years had lost their presence in their programs, such as photography, the protagonist of two exhibitions,
Camera and city. Modernity scenarios
, which explores how photographers and filmmakers have documented and depicted urban landscapes, from Paul Strand, Marc Riboud, Lisette Model, Valérie Jouve, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Viktoria Binschtok or Diane Arbus to Manel Armengol, Luis Buñuel, Francesc Català Roca or Carlos Pérez de Rozas (season 2019-20). The second, titled
Experience photography
, shows just the non-documentary uses of photography from historical and contemporary works and will also have great names like Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy and Christian Marclay (2023).

The young woman with the flower, 1967, by Marc Riboud Lyon, from the Center Pompidou collection

The young woman with the flower, 1967, by Marc Riboud Lyon, from the Center Pompidou collection
(Collection Center Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne – Center de création industrielle © Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Georges Meguerditchian / Dist. RMN-GP. © SAIF)

The French engineer and builder Jean Prouvé, that defended that the architecture must be at the service of the man and of his aspirations and that presided over the international jury that chose the project of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers for the construction of the iconic building that houses the Pompidou, it will be the protagonist of an exhibition in 2020-21 that will reconstruct its trajectory both in the architectural field and in the design of furniture.

The biformism
, a term coined by the first director of the MoMA Alfred H. Barr Jr. to designate the translation of the organic forms of nature to the plastic and applied arts, will be the object of a great exhibition from 2022, in which they can be contemplated masterpieces of Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Miró and Arp
along with movies about marine verses or nude photographs transfigured in flowers.

Interference Pattern, circa 1958, by Berenice Abbott

Interference Pattern, circa 1958, by Berenice Abbott
(Collection Center Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne – Center de création industrielle © Commerce Graphics Ltd. © Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Philippe Migeat / Dist. RMN-GP)

Already in the season 2023-2024, it will be the turn of two pioneers of the first avant-garde, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, which will show the fruitful activity of this couple, who in addition to creators, played a role in the extension of the avant-garde and its relationship with everyday life, with decoration, figurines and fabrics, and the conception of environments. A final exhibition on design of the seventies and eighties for the 2021-22 season is yet to be finalized.

As explained by the heads of La Caixa and Pompidou, teams from both institutions will participate in the definition of the projects and the selection of contents. The French museum will be in charge of the loan of works and curating, by the curators of the National Museum of Modern Art (MNAM-CCI), Center Pompidou.

Camera and city. Modernity scenarios
it will be seen in Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Zaragoza
; Jean Prouvñe,
in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Zaragoza and Palma
; The form follows nature. The biformism,
in Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Zaragoza and Valencia
; Experience photography,
in Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Zaragoza;
Sonia and Robert Delaunay
, in Barcelona and Madrid.

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