MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
May 22, 2013 8:14PM


Curator: Ayelén Vázquez

May 18, 2013 - July 28, 2013

Manuel Espinosa (Buenos Aires 1912-2006) is a key figure in the history of Argentinean art. He began his production in the late thirties, with a figuration of surrealistic character that he rapidly abandoned. In the mid-forties he founded along with other artists the Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención, Argentinean avant-garde group.

After the group dissolved, Espinosa continued faithfully attached to the non-figurative spirit and elaborated a pictorial proposal based on geometric elements and a precise selection of colors that defined his work.

Manuel Espinosa. Geometry in motion proposes a revision of the inquiries towards plastic language experimented by the artist between the fifties and the eighties, and an approximation of his production to kinetic art.

The artworks featured in this exhibition present shapes and elements that create visual effects and cause an optical illusion of motion in the viewer’s eye. The color variations, the transparencies and superpositions generate a back and forth sensation in the plain surface of the painting. Although the artist acknowledges that the works neither vibrate nor shift, he plays with the viewer’s perception as the illusion of movement is real.

In this exhibition the painting Zebedea (1968) -patrimony of MACBA- is displayed along with paintings on canvas and cardboard, inks on paper and objects from the Colección Manuel Espinosa, dedicated to preserve and promulgate his work and archive.

Dialogued tours (in Spanish)

Wednesday to Mondays at 17:00

Activity included with entrance

Gallery talk (in Spanish) with curator Ayelén Vázquez

Saturday June 29th at 17:00

Activity included with entrance

Tours for groups

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Monday to Friday 12:00 to 19:00

Tuesday closed

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 19:30

Last entry 30 minutes before closing

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MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires