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Alfonso Albacete ·
[From 24 January 2023]: José María Bermejo · Pepa Caballero · Miguel Ángel Campano · Carmen Laffón · Gloria Martín · Belén Rodríguez · Manuel M. Romero · Juan Suárez · Jordi Teixidor
Throughout the history of ideas, the philosophical notion of becoming has been an affirmation of transformation, variation and change. Faced with permanence, everything flows and transmutes. We could liken the evolution of painting, specifically that of the last century, to this concept addressed by such noted philosophers as Heraclitus, Hegel, Nietzsche and Marx, for it explains everything that has happened with this medium in recent decades far better than the extended metaphor of the phoenix that rises from its ashes. We might also apply it to the very existence of contemporary art collections, which are constantly being revised and enlarged until they become something else, or, to the successive temporary exhibitions that make up museum programmes.
Becoming Painting is a long-term
temporary exhibition of the CAAC’s permanent collection that
has been transformed at the halfway point, changing the works displayed
in most of the rooms without substantially altering its narrative.
The show features outstanding works by mostly Andalusian artists
The show is divided into several ample sections, each of which also delves into more concrete aspects. The first is dedicated to art that talks about art, painting that investigates its internal affairs (Mariajosé Gallardo and Gloria Martín) and, more specifically, the artist’s studio through pictures by Alfonso Albacete, Manolo Quejido, Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Curro González and Ángel Alén. The second focuses on the roads leading to and away from abstraction (José María Bermejo, Rosa Brun, Monika Buch, Pepa Caballero, Miguel Ángel Campano, Manuel M. Romero, Soledad Sevilla, José Ramón Sierra, Juan Suárez and Jordi Teixidor). A new segment dedicated to atmosphere features Carmen Laffón’s impressive skies, accompanied by the nocturnal scenes of M. Ángeles Díaz Barbado and Belén Rodríguez’s installation that talks about communication between heaven and earth. Finally, this adventure of painterly becoming ends with the nuances of abstract or figurative monochromes by Paloma Gámez and Salomé del Campo.
Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, comisario