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‘The abstraction eclosion’ – light and colour in the IVAM collection

From July 20th 2017 until September 16th 2018, the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) will be hosting the exhibition ‘The abstraction eclosion’, with close to 150 works of art from the IVAM Collection. The exhibition aims to analyse abstract art practices developed from the post-war period to the present day.

The exhibition will cover thematically and chronologically the movements that have been emerging ever since, in the mid-twentieth century, there was a surge in scepticism in the world of art generated by a profound crisis of rationality rooted in research into historical avant-garde. The new approaches emerged or ‘hatched’ during the post-war period and were linked to theories of existentialist philosophers, defending that subjectivity and individuality should be above any political principle or thought.

The exhibition brings together works of Abstract Expressionism by artists such as Lee Krasner and Adolph Gottlieb, works from the field known as Art informel by artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Soulages and Lucio Fontana, works of Normative Art from the seventies by Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida and Eusebio Sempere, from the field of Minimalism by Frank Stella, Tony Smith and Richard Serra, Conceptual Art by John Cage, Bruce Nauman and Allan McCollum, Neo Expressionism from the eighties by Albert Oehlen and George Herold and the Discourse of Post-modernism from the nineties by Juan Muñoz and Jordi Colomer.