press release

CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo is now home to one of the most relevant contemporary art collections in Spain: the Arco Foundation Collection. The Collection represents art from the 1960s to today through approximately 300 works by 224 artists who are key to national and international contemporary creation.

The exhibition goes through Arco Foundation Collection's most significant pieces and shows the main trends of the last decades. The '60s and '70s are represented by outstanding minimalist pieces (Dan Flavin, Carl André); Geometric Abstraction (Jesús Soto, Elena Asins); Land art (Richard Long); Arte Povera (Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone); and works by other artists who came up in the conceptual environment (Esther Ferrer, Richard Tuttle). Ana Mendieta's, Sigmar Polke's or Juan Muñoz's works represent the '80s. The exhibition will also approach the art's broadening of horizons that happened in the '90s, which accounts for the circulation of works by Latin American artists (such as Francis Alÿs, Guillermo Kuitca, Melanie Smith and Rivane Neuenschwander), North American artists (Allan Sekula, Carolee Schneemann) and European artists (Ignasi Aballí, Helena Almeida, Thomas Hirschhorn, Tobias Rehberger). 

On the other hand, ARCO Foundation Collection will also hold three smaller format exhibits that will be presented consecutively in a specific exhibition space. These exhibits will bring the visitor closer to some of the subjects that have guided CA2M's work since its opening in 2008.

The first of these small exhibitions will deal with those artists who reflect on the role of art as a space for critical knowledge, with works by Antoni Abad, Eduardo Abaroa, Artur Barrio, Fernando Sánchez Castillo and Erwin Wurm among others. The second will focus on individuals and how they question their contemporary condition through art, including works by VALIE EXPORT, Jimmie Durham and Jiri David among others. And the third exhibition revolves around how artists research the new world map and the existence of a new and different reality to that that took apart Western's cultural production from the rest of the world's, through works by artists such as Ken Lum and Yinka Shonibare.