Tracing The Pamplona Encounters 1972 in Madrid

7th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Museo Reina Sofía presents The Pamplona Encounters in 1972: The End of the Party for Experimental Art till 22 February.

This exhibition draws from the Pamplona Encounters in 1972, Spain’s most internationally renowned avant-garde festival which is the culmination of experimental artistic practices from the 1960s

The exhibition approaches its subject by observing what transpired in the years before and after the Encounters, thereby tracing the failures and greatest achievements of Spanish art linked to the end of the avant-garde myth.

The exhibition, curated by José Díaz Cuyás with assistance from Carmen Pardo for the music section and Esteban Pujals for poetry, will host some 100 works in different formats. The showing also includes historically significant works and documentary materials that are not related specifically to art, (photography, films, recordings, visual documentation, etc.) and which serve as the exhibition’s backdrop and context.

The exhibition layout follows a chronological order in an attempt to reconstruct what happened in those eight days during the Encounters, displaying works juxtapose archive materials and includes all political events that transpired around it.

Some of Spain’s most featured representatives in art such as Zaj, Valcárcel Medina, Lugán, Nacho Criado, Francesc Torres, Muntadas, and Navarro Baldeweg are contextualised in the exhibition.

The Pamplona Encounters 1972: The End of the Party for Experimental Art
When: 28 October 2009 – 22 February 2010
Time: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 21:00, Sunday 10:00 – 14:30, closed on Tuesdays
Where:  Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Sabatini Building/

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