Liberxina Exhibition: Pop and new artistic practices in Catalonia 1966-1971
November 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm€4
The art produced in Catalonia during the second half of the 1960s shared the ideals of generational renewal and revolution that broke out in several international centers. The Liberxina Exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of May 1968.
Until now this period suffered from a certain lack of definition by historians, who have not always managed to find a place for it, between the decline of Informalism and the irruption of the conceptual. It is the time of the emergence of Pop Art and the New Figuration. This went beyond the post-war existentialist positions to try out other forms of resistance in which falling in line with international cultural models is essential.
Perhaps contradictory and ephemeral, the art of these years shows the connection with international modernity associated with the new paradigms of freedom and revolution. The artists moved between political militancy and hedonistic individualism, between the defense of figurative painting and the new expanded or immaterial practices. Pacifism, sexual revolution, a critique of capitalism, and unlimited exploration of individual creativity. These are some of the fundamental challenges expressed, added to which is the resistance to the specific context of Francoism.
Art venues are also decisive in those years, not just the galleries, but also private homes, like the Casa del Maduixer or the house in Vallvidrera of Arranz-Bravo-Bartolozzi, among others.
The Liberxina Exhibition will be the first in a series of focus-exhibitions that set out to investigate specific temporal phenomena and frameworks in order to make an analytical interpretation of post-war Catalan art.