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Inside and Outside, the Two Faces of Spanish Informalism in the Collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Thursday 3 October 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays and Saturday 2 November - Sunday 3 November 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
(Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
Mondays except 14 October, 4 November and 23 December, 28 December - 1 January
Closed on 15 October, 5 November, 24 December, 28 December - 1 January
New wing
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Admission Fees:
Adults 420 yen (210 yen), College students 130 yen (70 yen)
Numbers in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more.
Tickets for Permanent Collection Galleries provide access to this exhibition.
Visitors aged 18 and under or 65 and older are admitted free of charge. Please show your ID upon entrance to confirm your age.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Traveling Venue:
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
(Friday 17 January – Sunday 9 March 2014)

The NMWA will present the exhibition Inside and Outside, the Two Faces of Spanish Informalism in the Collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía as one of the events celebrating the 400th anniversary of bilateral relations between Japan and Spain (Año Dual España-Japón). This exhibition features 14 works by the Spanish Informalist artists from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain’s major contemporary art museum in Madrid. Informalism is considered one of the most important movements in 20th century art. Flourished in Paris in the post-World War II era, the style was quickly taken up in the 1950s by Spanish artists who then developed it into a major trend in their country through the 1960s. This exhibition focuses on four artists: Antoni Tàpies (1923 - 2012), Antonio Saura (1930 - 1998), Esteban Vicente (1903 - 2001) and José Guerrero (1914 - 1991). Active in Franco’s Spain, Tàpies and Saura did not completely abandon figurative representation in their pursuit of their materials’ characteristics and rough-hewn forms.

Conversely, Vicente and Guerrero moved to New York where they encountered postwar American art movements such as Action Painting and Color Field Painting, and in their own works explored color and planar expression as they sought the true nature of painting. All four men, however, shared the characteristic of directly expressing their own individual spirit through their creation of paintings without clearly defined forms. Visitors to the NMWA will be able to view their works side-by-side and be able to reflect on and consider the two "faces" of Spanish Informalist painting.

Gallery Talks will be also held at the museum. Please visit Gallery Talks/Slide Talks page for details.

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