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15703 Santiago de Compostela
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LUIS GORDILLO. GENERAL CONFESSION

30/06/2017

General Confession is a retrospective of Luis Gordillo, curated by Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, director of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville and  Santiago Olmo, director of the CGAC. The exhibition is the first by the Sevillian artist in Galicia, and it allows us to follow his work, from the series of informalism-based drawings of the late nineteen-fifities to the paintings and photograph works in which canvases are used as media and computer graphics as tools.

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PLACE: CONTINGENCIES OF USE

22/06/2017
Place: Contingencies of Use is an approach to the existential meaning of architectural space. The project shows site-specific works by the artists Patricia Esquivias, Luciana Lamothe and Sofía Táboas, produced for different locations within the building designed by Álvaro Siza. The origin of their proposals lies in the field of the contemporary city and in architecture, sharing the common denominator of the promotion of acts that address specific architectural environments. Their works deal with that which is tectonic, with the morphology of materials and the building elements. They address the historical and symbolic dimension and the perceptive and cognitive one, which is ultimately the end that justifies spatial construction and consequently architecture.

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BATHERS. FOUND PHOTOGRAPHS, 1880-1963

02/06/2017

Bathers comprises an extensive set of anonymous photographs of semi-naked boys, scarcely covered by a swimsuit and pictured in contact with nature. Boys who appear outdoors: by beaches, swimming pools, in the countryside, beside lakes or rivers, recreating the traditional iconography of bathers that has enjoyed a high profile throughout the history of art.

This exhibition project is framed within the line of work widely developed internationally (but practically unknown in Spain), in which the abovementioned democratic, anonymous, neglected, poor and vulgar photographic material, by virtue of the taste, knowledge and aesthetic reason of creators and collectors becomes a cultural artefact, an artistic production, an editorial project. This is precisely what Bathers aims to be.


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CRITICAL EXHIBITIONS. CRITICAL DISCOURSES IN SPANISH ART, 1975-1995

17/02/2017
The project CRITICAL EXHIBITIONS. Critical Discourses in Spanish Art, 1975-1995, directed by Santiago Olmo and curated by Armando Montesinos and Mariano Navarro, aims to highlight the existence of critical criteria and interpretations that have shaped different theoretical lines and discourses, sometimes with shared elements and other times with clearly opposing ones, thus contradicting the cliché that critical thinking has never been part of the Spanish art world.

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BERTA CÁCCAMO. EXPANSIÓN ENSAIO

04/11/2016
With an early vocation, Berta Cáccamo (Vigo, 1963) grew up in a universe linked to the creation. Considered one of the most important Spanish painters of his generation, he has been able to distil away influences from very different times, always ready to debate with her work, with the problems of art and its images.
Demanding and reflective, her painting is the product of a restless, emotional and affective way of looking. Hence the title of the exhibition, which speaks of 'expansión' because her work is a vital project and, at the same time, an 'essay' project, as it is written in the present continuous and is etched into the memory of the painting as an essential  material.

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EVA LOOTZ. CUT THROUGH THE FOG

28/10/2016
This exhibition is not put forward as an anthology—it would be impossible to enclose in a single exhibition over forty years of non-stop work. Instead, it is more of an approach to a series of meaningful pieces that began to see the light in the nineteen-seventies and that have lasted to this day. We therefore find an extensive compilation of works from that early stage, although for greater precision, it would be more convenient to refer to them as ‘objects.’ They contain a predominant attitude of search and experimentation through the use of the most diverse materials. One block is made up of a series of unusual pictorial surfaces where colour has been eliminated to explore the behaviour of pigments in the supports: tar, alkyl, paraffin, wax seal, carbon, fibreglass, wool, flanelette, canvas, tarlatan, esparto, felt, etc

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STEFAN BRÜGGEMANN. TO BE POLITICAL IT HAS TO LOOK NICE

15/07/2016

The work of Stefan Brüggemann (México City, 1975) has opened up a different way of addressing the sociological and cultural aspects of language. His work deals with those linguistic contradictions that make up the paradoxes of living and coexisting with each other, questioning the rigidity of political correctness, precisely because it is false. His exhibition at the CGAC is built on spatial interventions that question the order of concepts, the logic of rules and, particularly, the conventions of the art system.

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Rereading the Collection

30/06/2016

The core of any museum is its collection. The collection is a patrimonial symbol of a shared cultural memory. A territory and a culture build their identity through memory. In order to keep the memory active and not just nostalgic, it needs to be critical and self-critical, willing to continually revise itself. The function of a museum is to create one such memory and to keep it alive through countless re-readings, interpretations and research that question and that do not shy away from difficult perspectives. The temporary displays are intimately connected and linked to the collection, being as they are, another aspect of the museum's memory, a way to enrich the collection and also to accompany the artists that remain closer, those that contribute to the symbolic enrichment of the culture.

Within this project of contextualization and revision of CGAC’s collection, four expositive proposals are displayed, in which different themes are developed and which embody a counter-dialogue with other collections, public and private, linked with the CGAC and Galicia: Galician public and private collections, museum collections with which the CGAC shares temporary displays (CAAC of Sevilla and MUN of Pamplona) or collections that have maintained a special link with the CGAC, like the ARCO Collection and its current venue in CA2M of Móstoles.

Exhibition brochures: States of Exception, Essay of a Visual Culture and Louise Bourgeois. Cell.

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GROUPING_UNGROUPING: BREAKS IN REPRESENTATION

21/04/2016
Between the advent of Atlántica and the emergence of Pontevedra’s School of Fine Arts, Galicia has witnessed the development of the work of a long list of artists of varying academic backgrounds and with very different aesthetic ideas and conceptual horizons. In this fertile parenthesis, they fought to broaden the horizons of their work in the most adverse of conditions in a kind of no man’s land where they were always hard-pressed to find any signs to guide and direct them. This gave rise to an exciting diversity of projects and names (at last, a lot of them women’s), larger in number if we compare it to the previous generation. This exciting difference shared a common component which was none other than the self-awareness of artistic activity and the uncontrollable contamination of languages. Theirs were ‘breaks in representation.

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MARISA GONZÁLEZ. DOMESTICATED RECORDS

15/04/2016
It shows the coherent evolution of that which motivated Marisa González, as well as her search for solutions to respond to present-day social problems. This is done through a dialogue held by addressing her on-going concern on what art is and the role that it can play in today's world.

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ANTONI SOCÍAS. THEORY AND PRACTICE OF THE DESERT

31/03/2016

The exhibition Theory and Practice of the Desert is a journey through the processes that are present in the work of Antoni Socias. Photography and painting, objects, installations and videos are linked through friction. His works reveal a preference for paradox and also for the absurd that subtly turn into latent social and political criticism from the point of view of lesser things, underlining the importance of attitudes in everyday routines.

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JAVIER VALLHONRAT. INTERACTIONS

29/10/2015
The Interactions project was undertaken in high mountainous areas and environments with extreme weather conditions. The artist worked in these settings to create images in which uncertainty and unpredictability clash and tussle with man’s need for control. The slow passage of time and the uncertain setting of high mountains arise in conditions that generate vulnerability. In such circumstances, our perception of the ecological and geoclimatic niche in mountainous regions as alien and threatening gradually transforms, and we observe a place that is equally vulnerable, where knowledge and direct experience interact in the presence of uncertainty.

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ARISSA. THE SHADOW AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER. 1922-1936

18/09/2015
The Shadow and the Photographer shows Arissa's evolution since pictorialism to the avant-garde New Vision movement, through a careful selection of over one hundred and fifty photographs taken between 1922 and 1936. These images speak to us of a photographer and his era, who participates in the medium's technological advances and new artistic trends by providing his own vision through the experiments carried out in the intimacy of his small workshop.

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VAL DEL OMAR. THE MECHA-MYSTICS OF CINEMA

24/04/2015
The work of José Val del Omar (Granada, 1904- Madrid, 1982) displays his facets as inventor, visual poet and cinemist. With this neologism, Val del Omar’s intention was to combine the activity of the alchemist with that of the film-maker, and as such define his original approach to cinema: via technological research and his own experimental aesthetics.

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MANUEL VILARIÑO. TECTÓNICA

19/03/2015
Tectónica is not just another Manuel Vilariño exhibition. What is proposed here is an exploration into his creative and poetic world, but from a perspective which allows us to approach his work from an unprecedented angle or viewpoint. It enables him to produce a tectonic piece of work, in the metaphorical sense of the term; that is, to investigate and prove what the founding lines on which his aesthetic reflection are based are, and that explain, by way of a continuous impulse and counterpoint, all of the plastic and poetic attainments, the vital experience itself, of such a unique author. 

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COMO TIZÓN QUEMADO. CHRISTIAN GARCÍA BELLO

06/03/2015
In Como tizón quemado, Christian García Bello (A Coruña, 1986) streamlines his creative process towards the contained convincing nature of the gesture and the uncompromising severity of a character in a state of specific and positively radical evasion.

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EDIT: SEQUENCE/MEANING

06/03/2015
On the basis of the experience and recognition of four publishing houses from Galicia and Portugal, (Dispara, Fabulatorio, Ghost and Pierre von Kleist), this exhibition is rooted in the rapport between the creative act and its subsequent publication.

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CARLOS LEÓN. THE ORDER OF FIRST THINGS

31/10/2014
This exhibit explores and structures some of the most recent series by the painter Carlos León (Ceuta, Spain, 1948). It looks with special interest into the game of interrelations—both artistic and conceptual—that are established between the radical questioning of all illusionary images put forward by his painting and the purified practice of a three-dimensional production.

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CRISTINA LUCAS. IT'S CAPITAL

17/10/2014
In It’s Capital Cristina Lucas (Jaén, Spain, 1973) takes a look at some of the great enigmas, paradoxes, and challenges posed by the current capitalist system through four new works designed specifically for the context of this exhibition.

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ROSENDO CID. STAIRCASE WIT

17/10/2014
The work of Rosendo Cid (Ourense, Spain, 1974) is based on key aspects ranging from a Dadaist spirit, as he often uses unaltered objects or images, to the somewhat serious or solemn questioning that appears to surround contemporary art. This is the result of his work in series, from which an understanding of art as a variable and constant process is derived.

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JUAN USLÉ. DARK LIGHT

04/07/2014
Since 1997 Juan Uslé has been working on a series of works known as his ‘black paintings,’ which takes a central position in his oeuvre. In the fifty paintings that make up the series Soñé que revelabas, most of them done at night, Usle carries out a highly concentrated and meditative disquisition on the structural conditions of painting and the painting process.

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MARK MANDERS. CURCULIO BASSOS

04/07/2014
Mark Manders (Volkel, Países Baixos, 1968) é un dos artistas internacionais máis relevantes das dúas últimas décadas e autor dun dos corpus de traballo máis persoais de cuantos poden verse no concerto internacional. Ademais de representar o seu país na 55.ª Bienal de Venecia, realizou exposicións en moitos dos museos e centros de arte máis importantes do mundo e participou en Documenta 11 en 2002.

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DIEGO SANTOMÉ. CORNER PIECE AND OTHER CONFLICTING SPACES

20/06/2014

The discursive strategies that provide the foundation for the work of Diego Santome? (Vigo, Spain, 1966) are directly linked to the concepts of utopia and failure, equilibrium and instability. In both the selection of the materials and the work process, Santome? bases his approach on subjects related to the circumstances of everyday life and their transformation, showing the possibility/impossibility of a new order leading to a balanced society.

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100 YEARS WITH ALEJANDRO DE LA SOTA

16/04/2014

2013 is the one hundredth anniversary of Alejandro de la Sota’s birth. Like all commemorations, this anniversary is the perfect excuse to recall and reprise the man, his work, his teaching and, perhaps most relevant of all, the currency of his legacy.

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27 NEGROS. MISHA BIES GOLAS

16/04/2014

27 negros is an ensemble artwork consisting of 27 20 x 20 cm black monochrome pieces by 27 different authors. The result is a sort of commissioned anthology as well as a collective exercise in style.

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PACO ROCHA. NATURALMENTE HUMANO

16/04/2014

The photographic technique is the most basic and natural, chemical photography, where the light reflected on the landscape corrodes the elements that make up the film emulsion, thus capturing part of the very essence of the moment. Large formats using plates or film and the use of a camera with an optical bench make it possible to approach each image as if it were a complex composition, full of decisions.

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CHELO MATESANZ. MY THINGS UNDER OBSERVATION

09/04/2014
This exhibit takes a look at the artistic career of Chelo Matesanz (Reinosa, Cantabria, Spain, 1964), beginning with her works from the end of the eighties until the most recent ones.

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CGAC FILM PROGRAM. ITALIAN CINEMA SERIES

15/01/2014

To celebrate these past twenty years, the CGAC Film Program is kicking off on a nostalgic note, with a celebration—the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea and the twentieth anniversary of Fellini’s death. This forum will provide the opportunity to showcase a series of contemporary Italian cinema pieces, from an unreleased film by Nanni Moretti to the world premiere of titles such as Romanzo di una strage (Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy), by Marco Tullio Giordana.

All screenings will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Free entry until filled to capacity.

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EXPOSICIÓN 93

22/11/2013
93 is an exhibition designed to take us back to the early nineties, when the CGAC opened its doors to the public for the first time. Like a slice of history, the show focuses on the nineteen­nineties art scene, which,particularly in the Iberian Peninsula, underwent a deep transformation after the normalisation of the political system and the advent of democracy in Spain and Portugal.

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CINEUROPA

07/11/2013

One more time, the CGAC will be part of Cineuropa, the Santiago de Compostela film festival, which celebrates its 27th anniversary. The film screenings will be shown in the centre’s auditorium between 8th and 29th November.
You can find all the information about screening hours and titles on the festival website.

Víctor Grippo. transformación

18/07/2013
Since he started his career as an artist in the oppressive Argentinian political climate of the nineteen-sixties, Víctor Grippo had a constant interest in the relationships between art, science and everyday life.

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Rúa Valle Inclán, 2
15703 Santiago de Compostela
Spain
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