Exhibition | Goya: Lights and Shadows

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on March 20, 2012

From ArtDaily.com (16 March 2012):

Goya: Lights and Shadows / Luces y Sombras
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 22 October 2011 — 29 January 2012
CaixaForum Barcelona, 15 March — 24 June 2012

Curated by Manuela B. Mena and José Manuel Matilla

Francisco de Goya, The Clothed Maja, ca. 1800
(Madrid: Museo Nacional del Prado)

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Nearly two hundred years after his death, Francisco de Goya continues to exercise a universal attraction that very few others in the history of art have equalled. Not only is Goya enveloped in the greatness of his art and his genius, he is also shrouded in mystery and popular legend in a way that makes him doubly attractive and accessible. Now, almost thirty-five years after the last major exhibition devoted to the Spanish master in Barcelona, Goya. Lights and Shadows brings a large selection of great works the collection of El Prado National Museum, the most important in the world. The show features nearly one hundred pieces – oils, drawings, prints and letters – in a chronological journey through the main periods in the career of this Aragón-born artist. From the early years, in which Goya’s realism contrasted with the over-refined Rococo style favoured by his contemporaries, to the intimate works he produced towards the end of his life in Bordeaux, not forgetting the drama of the Peninsular War, which marked a turning-point in his artistic development. The exhibition is the fruit of a cooperation agreement signed between ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Prado National Museum 2011 under which the Catalan organisation became a Benefactor of the museum. Under the terms of the agreement, three more joint exhibitions will be organised in the coming years. Goya. Lights and Shadows is the first show planned as part of the joint exhibition programme established by ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Prado National Museum, the result of an agreement made between the two institutions in July 2011, under which ”la Caixa” becomes a Benefactor of the Spanish art gallery. . .

The full press release (which includes programming and lectures) is available here»

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Call for Project Participants | Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 20, 2012

The format of this project is worth noting: a one-day workshop is planned for June that will in turn shape the program for the November two-day conference. Despite the emphasis on the nineteenth century, perhaps there’s room for the eighteenth century, too; or for that matter, nineteenth-century revivals of key eighteenth-century movements could certainly be interesting. CH

From The Courtauld:

Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 20 June 2012 and 23-24 November 2012

Proposals due by 16 April 2012

Revivalism in art and architecture is a fundamental though often overlooked aspect of modernity. From the nineteenth century to the present, styles, ideologies, techniques and approaches have been revived and re-framed. Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory seeks to investigate the diverse dimensions of revivalism, exploring its meanings and impacts across cultures, periods and media. The extent to which revivalism has been harnessed to promote utopian visions, assert aspects of personal or corporate identity, and grant fresh purchase on memorialization and nostalgia are all productive trajectories for investigation. Studies of art and architectural revivals tend to focus on biographical or stylistic approaches. This project, consisting of a workshop and major conference for an international cohort of interdisciplinary scholars, encourages intersecting and broadening views in order to chart the notion of revivalism itself. The phenomenon’s implications for art and architectural history in relation to tradition, repetition, originality, transnationality, patronage, religion, colonialism, historicism, reproduction, authenticity, resistance and power have yet to be intensively investigated.

This project consists of two events at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The first, on Wednesday 20 June 2012, will be a day-long workshop. The second, on 23-24 November 2012, will be a two-day conference. The purpose of the workshop is to explore intersections and encourage dialogue between scholars, and to discuss the importance of revivalism in broad terms. Workshop participants will also be invited to contribute research and topics for discussion to the November conference. The conference’s purpose is to crystalize and refine initial workshop conversations, establishing new ways of understanding revivalism. Participants will be drawn from early career and more established scholars, as well as artists and architects who actively engage with revival within their practice. Papers specifically addressing revivalism in relation to utopia, identity or memory are especially encouraged. It is hoped that speakers will attend both the summer workshop and the autumn conference in order to establish cohesion within the project and to create sophisticated collaborative responses to the theme.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 16 April 2012. Please email a CV and 200-word statement of how your work engages with revivalism to the project convener, Ayla Lepine (ayla.lepine@courtauld.ac.uk).

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