EXHIBITIONS / The Return of the Snake. Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture

12 November, 2014 - 13 April, 2015
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Francisco Reyes Palma

This exhibition is a way of understanding the work of Mathias Goeritz (Danzig, 1915–Mexico City, 1990), produced after he settled in Mexico in 1949. In his theoretical and practical output, spanning four decades, rational utopia and Neo-primitivism converge, aspects that stem from his own biography: his journey through different cities in Europe and North Africa (1948), his stint in Spain, and his participation in the preliminaries of the Primera Semana de Arte in Santillana del Mar (September 1949), as well as his contact with Mexican culture. The exhibition comprises a selection of over 200 works, in which the Lafuente Archive contributes with a dozen. Drawings, sketches, scale models, photographs, sculptures and panel paintings reveal the experimental, analytical and even playful nature of Goeritz’s oeuvre, underpinned by the persistence of a theme and motif.

Featured artists include Consuelo Abascal de Lemionet, Herbert Bayer, Ferenc Berko, Úrsula Bernath, Alexander Calder, Ilya Chamberlain, Ángel Crespo, Germán Cueto, José Luis Cuevas, Jorge Dubón, Helen Escobedo, Ángel Ferrant, Gonzalo Fonseca, Lucio Fontana, Manuel Garay, the Organising Committee of the XIX Olympic Games, Marianne Gast, Mathias Goeritz, Fernando González Barba, Paolo Gori, Kati Horna, George Hoyningen-Huene, Yves Klein, Horst Kurnitzky, Yoram Lehmann, Daniel Lemionet, Clement Meadmore, Joan Miró, Jacques Moeschal, Henry Moore, Hans Namuth, Francisco Nieva, Costantino Nivola, Jesús Reyes Ferreira, Armando Salas Portugal, Z. Sharkey, Julius Shulman, Anthony Stubbing, Pierre Székely, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Rufino Tamayo, Jean Tinguely, Leticia Torres Hernández, Mariana Yampolsky, Michel Zabé, and Olivia Zúñiga.


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Palacio de Cultura Banamex
Museo Amparo


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