Building New Worlds. The historical vanguards in the IVAM collection 1914-1945


This exhibition presented by CaixaForum Barcelona analyzes the artistic vanguards from a wide selection of works from the IVAM collection, and complemented by design pieces from the Alfaro Hofmann Collection (unique worldwide on industrial design, which highlights the value of the object as a symbol of progress, freedom and development). The collection of the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) is a Spanish and international reference in the art of the avant-garde of the 20th century, a time little represented in the collections of our country. The starting point of the exhibition is in the legacy of the sculptor Julio González and extends in several ramifications for the movements and personalities most representative of a crucial moment of European art: from the pioneering work of Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp to futurism , constructivism and the beginnings of abstraction.

The exhibition Building New Worlds. The historical vanguards in the collection of the IVAM 1914-1945 is organized into three main sections:

  • Poetic and oneiric creations related to Dadaism and Surrealism (which explore the world of fantasy, sleep and the unconscious).
  • Analytical works that experiment with form and enter the field of abstraction.
  • The committed art, of social criticism and political propaganda, that cries against the injustices and the wars.