The Asia Principle China, Japan and India & contemporary art in Spain (1957-2017)
Manuel Fontán del Junco, Inés Vallejo
The exhibition The Asia Principle. China, Japan, India and Contemporary Art in Spain (1957-2017) aims to draw attention to the influence of these three cultures on art in the second half of the 20th century in Spain, an influence notably visible in the work of numerous artists of the time but equally little explored. The exhibition's title makes use of the concept of a chemical "principle", according to which an active element, either alone or with others, "reacts" when it is mixed or made.
The exhibition focuses on the period between the generation of Spanish abstract artists of the 1950s and that of the artists born around the mid-1960s, the time when the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca (1966) was founded by Fernando Zóbel, a key figure for understanding this exhibition's discourse. There are, however, earlier examples, such as that of the ceramicist Josep Llorens Artigas, who in the 1920s began to produce works of striking simplicity, and that of Joan Miró, who worked with Llorens Artigas from the mid-1940s on creations that combined ceramics and painting.