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Painting (Silver over Black, White, Yellow and Red)
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Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock is the new temporary exhibition at Montjuic's Fundació Miró gallery, featuring 'action paintings' by influential artists such as Jackson Pollock and Yves Klein.
The key to this exhibition is that the paintings you now see on the wall, were in fact created by laying them on the floor. Seen by many to be the highlight of the exhibition is the selection of works by Jackson Pollock. Back in the late 1940’s, Pollock decided to randomly dip paint while walking on and around the canvas, in a kind of dance driven by chance and instinct. The outcome was clear: the picture was no more a framed representation of reality, but the result of an act of free action.
Soon after, French Yves Klein was making 'body imprints' with nude models leaving a ghostly mark on the canvas with their bodies previously covered in paint; Lynda Benglis decided to spare the canvas, and pour directly from the can onto the floor. In Japan, some of the most extreme practitioners banded together in the Gutai group, specifically featured in the show.
The collection acts as a mirror, showing you how some assumptions we now take for granted (unbridled action as a form of freedom, internationalism as a token of truthfulness), took root, just two generations ago, in that old, persistent way of human creativity we call painting.
The exhibition is on show at the Fundació Miró, until February 24th, 2013. More information can be found here. Tickets cost €7 for the temporary exhibition, and €10 for the temporary and permanent exhibition.