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Classed as “the most surrealist of the Surrealists” by André Breton, the driving force behind this artistic movement, Yves Tanguy (Paris, 1900 – Woodbury, Connecticut, 1955) is today one of its representatives least-known to the public at large. A sailor and a self-taught painter, Tanguy began his career in France, but he established his reputation as an artist in the United States, where he emigrated in 1939 and lived until his death. Most of his work is conserved in museums in the United States, and is now being shown in the MNAC in what is the first major retrospective dedicated to this French artist to be seen in Spain. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper, comprises over two hundred and fifty pieces. About fifty of his paintings, the most important part of his work, are exhibited, from the early post-Cubist and Expressionist works of 1924 to Multiplication of the Arcs, painted shortly before he died. The discourse of the exhibition is completed with a large number of pieces from his graphic work: washes, engravings, “automatic drawings” and “exquisite cadavers”, Surrealist games that Tanguy shared with friends of his like Joan Miró, André Breton or Jacques Prévert. Books and magazines of the time illustrated by Tanguy, photographs by Man Ray or Dora Maar and other unpublished documentation help to contextualize the painter's Surrealist universe. Valuable works have been loaned for the exhibition by public and private institutions all over the world, and by many private collections. This is a unique opportunity to see the work of one of the great names from the art world of the first half of the 20th century. As the exhibition's curator André Cariou, chief curator of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Quimper, points out, “Yves Tanguy, the greatest French Surrealist painter, classed as a Surrealist painter par excellence, is still unknown today. Without doubt, the general public appreciates the images à la Magritte or the extravagances à la Dalí more, but the favour of the connoisseurs remains intact… His work continues to fascinate all those who are prepared to delve into it.” GUIDED TOURSFree service (included in the fee) Saturdays 11h spanish 12.15 h catalan Duration 1,30 hour Places limitedAudioguide service included in cataln, spanish, english and french.
Series of lecturesCoordinated by Lourdes Cirlot (UB) and Victoria Cirlot (UB)Wednesday, October 31st Opening of the series by Cristina Mendoza, vice-director of collections of the MNAC Legends of Surrealist Painting Lourdes Cirlot, Professor of Art History at the University of Barcelona De l’objet surréaliste… Emmanuel Guigon, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon Wednesday, November 7th The Literary Collage: Victor Hugo in the Origins of Surrealism Victoria Cirlot, lecturer in Romance Literature and Comparative Literature at the Pompeu Fabra University Au defaut du surréalisme Visit and lecture at the exhibition Yves Tanguy. The Surrealist Universe with Vincent Gille, Maison Victor Hugo, Paris Wednesday, November 14th Yves Tanguy: à la découverte du “peintre surréaliste par excellence” André Cariou, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper, and curator of the exhibition Visit to the exhibition Yves Tanguy. The Surrealist Universe André Cariou Wednesday, November 21st Surrealism and Film Anna Casanovas, lecturer in Art History at the University of Barcelona Visit to the exhibition The Catalan Object in the Light of Surrealism Elena Llorens, Modern Art Collection, MNAC, and curator of the exhibition Wednesday, November 28th Musidora, Nadja et Gradiva. La femme et le surréalisme Georges Sebbag, writer and historian of Surrealism Juan-Eduardo Cirlot and the World of the Object Enrique Granell, lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia Two-hour sessions Visit to both exhibitions 2 credits of their choice for University of Barcelona students Dates Wednesdays, October 31st, November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Times 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Venue Lecture Hall Places limited For information and enrolment phone 93 622 03 75 and [email protected] (you will receive confirmation) Studies of surrealismFour artists take a look at the Surrealist universe of Yves Tanguy and the world of Catalan object art. Tuesday, November 6th Perejaume, artist and writer Tuesday, November 13th Sergi Aguilar, sculptor and Director of the Fundació Sunyol Tuesday November 20th Joan Fontcuberta, photographer Tuesday, November 27th Vicenç Altaió, writer, essayist and ideas dealer, director of KRTU Time: 7 p.m. Venue exhibition room Places Limited For information and enrolment, tel. 93 622 03 75 or at [email protected] (you will receive confirmation)