Adventures of the Black Square. Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015
Iwona Blazwick y Magnus af Petersens
Whitechapel Gallery, in one of its most important exhibitions, traces a century of Abstract art from 1915 to today, featuring works by more than 100 artists, such as Kazimir Malévich, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Aleksander Rodchenko, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Gabriel Orozo, Rosemarie Trockel, Andrea Zittel, David Batchelor, Hélio Oiticica y Andrea Fraser. This exhibition takes a fresh look at this new art for a modern age, and ask how art relates to society and politics.
The exhibition includes a whole century of painting, sculpture, film and photography, bringing together works from international collections including Moderna Museet from Stockholm, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (Macba), Art Institute of Chicago, The Costakis Collection from Thessaloniki, Tate London, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven and Archivo Lafuente. Archivo Lafuente makes an important contribution of more than seventy pieces. Among them there are works of artists such as Kazimir Malévich, Nikolai Punin, El Lissitzky, Lásló Moholy-Nagy or Dieter Roth. The loan also includes works by artists from Czech Republic, Germany, Yugoslavia, Romania, Poland, Italy, Austria, France, UK, Georgia, Japan and Argentine.
This show includes a wide archive of photographs of iconic exhibitions of the history of abstraction and a selection of magazines which convey revolutionary ideas in art and society through typography and graphic design. Archivo Lafuente lends more than 50 issues of magazines like Blok, Secession, Cercle et Carré, Wendingen, Broom, Réalités Nouvelles, Arte Madí Universal, Arte Concreta, Blast, Het Overzicht o Spirale.