Lluís Barba: Travellers in Time
A solo exhibition of works by Lluís Barba
The rereading of masterpieces from the past is a constant in the work of Lluís Barba (Barcelona,
1952). His exercises in reinterpretation blur historical boundaries to interrogate the insubstantiality of our memory. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Barba’s seminal work, a reimagining of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ (illustrated below). This is the first time the work will be shown in New York,
following Barba’s major solo museum show ‘Travels in Time’ at the Fundacio Vila Casas, Barcelona (May 7 – July 20, 2015), a museum dedicated to the display of contemporary Catalan art dating from the 1960s to the present day.
New York has a remarkable affinity with Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ having been made custodians of the work. At Picasso's request the safekeeping of the piece was entrusted to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. It formed the centrepiece of a Picasso retrospective at MoMA which opened six weeks after the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939.
Lluís Barba reworks iconic artworks to comment on contemporary society, introducing modern
characters into Hyeronimus Bosch’s or Pieter Brueghel’s medieval scenes. His work leverages the
language of artistic symbolism to critique both modern society and the art world. Utilizing society
darlings such as Paris Hilton and Kate Moss, art world players such as Jay Jopling and music icons
such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Barba expresses his debt to Art History and contemporary culture
through a satirical and humorous slant.
Born in Spain and educated at the Escola Massana Centre d’Art, Barcelona, Barba has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Canada. His work is held in major public collections and museums, including the Artothèque d’Art Anekdota in Paris, Foundation Daniela Chappard of Caracas, Foundation Lluís Carulla, L’Espluga de Francolí, Tarragona, Instituto Cervantes in Tangier, Morocco, Museo Jacobo Borges Caracas, Museo Marugame Hirai Japan, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, la Habana, Museo Internacional Cairo, Egypt and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
Young Masters: Focus on New Work
New work by Young Masters artists 2009 - 2015
Young Masters: Focus on New Work presents a diverse array of contemporary works by artists
including: Annie Kevans, Chris Antemann, Derrick Santini, Eleanor Watson, Elisabeth Caren, Fabiano Parisi, Isabelle van Zeijl, Juergen Wolf, Lottie Davies, Oliver Jones, Richard Saja, Tom Leighton, Yigal Ozeri and Zemer Peled, and video works by Max Ernst Greis and Steven Rockefeller, Jr. This selection includes young and emerging artists, alongside renowned mid-career artists. Bringing together some of the most sought after artists working with an aspect of art history, through a variety of media including painting, photography and ceramics, the art of the past is remade for our times. Commanding great skill, each artist takes an aspect of art history, such as genre, technique, subject matter, reinvented in a contemporary way.