Berardo Collection from 1960 to the present day

Berardo Collection from 1960 to the present day
Permanent exhibition
Inauguration: 
10 Apr 2019 - 19h
11/04/2019
Floor: 
-1
Curator: 
Rita Lougares
Berardo Collection from 1960 to the present day
Permanent exhibition
Inauguration: 
10 Apr 2019 - 19h
11/04/2019
Floor: 
-1
Curator: 
Rita Lougares
Body: 

In the 1960s, the world is still recovering from World War II, while enduring the Cold War. With American imperialism and Soviet influence, new counterculture movements—against not only capitalism and consumerism but also Soviet culture—emerge and influence the visual arts.

In this gallery, the exhibition of our collection starts with works from the 1960s, comprising the first Minimalist experiments, based on ideas of plainness, simplicity, and neutrality, and fabricated with industrial materials. These works presuppose an interaction with and new forms of perception from the observer, offering the latter new experiences. This contemporary tendency—to turn to space, to embody and/or transform the artwork—is also explored in Post-Minimalist and Conceptual practices.

“The idea becomes a machine that makes the art,” wrote Sol LeWitt in his 1967 article “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art.” Indeed, 1960s art treasures the idea, the concept, and the intention at the expense of the image and the established object of art. The point is to simultaneously make and reflect on art. Of crucial importance is also the employment of new technologies of contemporary production—photography, video, television, the computer, etc.—which bring new elements to the realm of social and political debate and considerably broaden their expressive possibilities.

In this exhibition, there is a section dedicated to art in feminine terms, encompassing several works made by women from different generations who have observed and created art from disparate formal approaches, and whose works are worthy on their own. Their perspectives decisively contribute for raising awareness and rejecting the processes of gender segregation operating in the art world.

The last rooms are dedicated to painting and sculpture at the turn of the twentieth century, revived as it was by dematerialisation in the 1970s. The return to the pleasure of painting is what puts an end to the limits of the prevalent means of that decade. Painting is now conceived with new premises: large format, the abundant use of colours, the employment of everyday objects as pictorial means for the artwork, Gesturalism, Figurativism, and Expressionism. Contemporary artists are now working in a globalised, culturally diverse, technologically advanced world; as a result, their art is diverse and eclectic, and stands out for its irregularity, its ideological dispersion, and the nonexistence of an organising ism.

Rita Lougares
Artistic director


Until September 2019, the project Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures will give rise to a plethora of relations between several works from both national and international collections and the pieces from the permanent exhibition on Floor -1.