Art, Two Points: Barcelona Lives Contemporary Art

from the October 2013 issue

By Keith Patrick

Juan Muñoz, La Naturaleza de la Ilusión Visual, 1994 (installation view). Courtesy MACBA, Barcelona

‘Less is more’, as Mies van der Rohe famously said. Considering that the architect’s Barcelona Pavilion for the city’s 1929 International Expo is a key reference point in this exhibition, the organisers might have paid heed and honed down its 400 works by 125 Catalan, Spanish and international artists. And yet this achievement deserves to be acknowledged as a tour de force, one that is not without political significance.Earlier this year, MACBA was crippled by 
a €1.5 million deficit unpaid…

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