19/07/2018 - 21/10/2018
Starting with the state of sudden unrest created by turbulence, this exhibition explores the role of contemporary art in the face of the conflicts and instabilities that characterise our globalised world. Although they don’t claim to provide any practical solutions, artists can offer insights that shine a sharper, more critical light on our problems than many other areas of reality. In this way, art champions political commitment and acts as both a poetical and literal mechanism for social criticism and even activism.
Turbulence looks at the ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art through this prism and examines how some of its latest acquisitions can offer different artistic takes on such raw subjects as war, historical memory, forgetting, destruction, political instability, poverty, catastrophe and the desire for revolution. In exhibition curator Nimfa Bisbe’s own words, “Artists can't change what they don’t like about our world, but their work can create a turbulence that can open our eyes.”
The exhibition includes work by Equipo Crónica, José Damasceno, Dionís Escorsa, Nir Evron, Harun Farocki, Pedro G. Romero, Ana Garcia-Pineda, Thomas Hirschhorn, Anselm Kiefer, Guillermo Kuitca, Antoni Muntadas, Paulo Nazareth, Damián Ortega, Walid Raad, Sophie Ristelhueber, Juan Ugalde and Bill Viola.
Turbulence is a group show featuring artists from different generations and with a range of backgrounds. It clearly reflects the social and artistic commitment that lies at the heart of the ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation, which has spent over thirty years putting together an international art collection that seeks to spark criticism and debate about the world today.