2019-2020 season summary: the year of COVID-19

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The 2019-2020 season has been marked by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the state of alarm was declared on March 14 and the confinement was ordered, nothing has been the same.


The Spanish Earth (1937)

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This post is a continuation of the one published in November 2019 "Charley Toorop in the IVAM Valencia and the social realism". In that we refer, to the thread of the comment on the exhibition that was being held at the IVAM at that time Reinventing the representation: Dutch interwar art ―with an abundant presence of works by Charley Toorop―, to the linking of the work of this artist with that of her father Jan Toorop, and now we have to refer to the work of her son John Fernhaut (John Ferno in the credits of the movie The Spanish Earth)


Art and disease

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During the documentation process for the preparation of this text "Art and disease", which accompanies the online exhibition "Coronavirus, fear and courage", as a curatorial text that accounts for its theoretical framework, the first interesting reference localized in the network was a work by Hugo A. Sotomayor Tribín: "Diseases in Colombian pre-Hispanic art" (1991).


Like a snake looking to climb the wall

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According to history, Leonardo left Milan after losing the favor of the Medicis, and, having been welcomed by King Francisco I of France, crossed the continent going through dangers, circumventing the highwaymen (with his personal and non-transferable pass: The Mona Lisa, painted on a board with pigmented oils ―most of her colleagues continued to paint in tempera or fresco―)


The relational art and the management of historical bankruptcy

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What can be done in the field of art ―a sector so attentive to people's concerns and interests― when we are immersed in a process of change as profound as that represented by the introduction of internet? [only comparable to what the invention of the printing press supposed 500 years ago].


Between the visual and the sound there is time

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Joan Gómez Alemany, who is 29 years old, comes from an initial training in music, which later has moved towards the visual arts, searching hard for transdisciplinarity. He moves with ease in a wide range of ocher, and his music/sound art seeks, as he says, to be at the same level as the images, in that sense, nor does it seek to make it go unnoticed, non-existent, according to the modern ideal, nor give it an autonomous role, but using its words, it is: "a work that wants to see the sounds, in the same way that the images are heard".


“The spoil illuminates our cities” and the public art

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Does the artistic object show an image or trigger an image inside us? In the case of Beatriz Millón's work "The spoil illuminates our cities" it is difficult to distinguish, because it is pure light, electric, dazzling. The flashes of the lights are mixed with the images that glare activates.


Charley Toorop in the IVAM Valencia and the social realism

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With the name Reinventing the representation: Dutch interwar art, 28 works from the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, the Netherlands, are exhibited in the IVAM Valencia, in addition to some more belonging to the IVAM collections, also from that historical period (George Grosz, Max Beckmann and Otto Dix). Of the 28 works coming from The Hague, 11 of them are by Charley Toorop.


Silence. The event summary

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"Silence" by Norberto Llopis. A program in collaboration with Miguel Angel Baixauli and La Posta Foundation within the Variations on the plane cycle of the IVAM Produce programming line.


Facing them. The video interviews

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The set of images on display that form the project “Facing them” with Muslim women from Valencia, force the recipient to put their life experience at stake, to inquire inside what is their own meaning in relation to what is watching.