Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAyC)

This post was written by Melanie Lenz, the V&A’s Curator of Digital Art. In this blog entry, posted to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Argentina’s independence, Melanie explores a small but remarkable number of the V&A’s digital artworks made in Argentina in the late 1960s.


Grupo CAyC, around 1980

The V&A’s extensive collection of early digital artworks were primarily made by practitioners working in Britain, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. The prohibitive costs of the emerging new technology meant that initially sites of artistic production were largely limited to European and North American research laboratories and universities that could afford the required equipment. However, a small but intriguing number of early computer-generated works were created by Argentine artists associated with the Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAyC). The full blog post explores the fascinating history behind these artworks and looks at how they ended up in the V&A’s collection.


Sorolla at CaixaForum

2016-06-SorollaSorolla. Apuntes en la arena
CaixaForum, Girona
28 June – 6 November 2016

(Then touring to CaixaForum, Tarragona, 23 November  – 5 March 2017)

123 works by Sorolla, primarily drawings selected by Consuelo Luca de Tena from the Museo Sorolla’s large holdings, and displayed alongside a small number of related large paintings and oil sketches or ‘colour notes’. The exhibition is divided into five sections covering his early career and different beach-side and fishing themes.

Picasso und Deutschland

Picasso and Germany

Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

6 April – 18 September 2016

Slightly reduced version of the exhibition previously shown at the Picasso Museum, Málaga, which revealed an important new area of research. Presents 22 records based on the connections, affiliations and divergences between Pablo Picasso and various groups of German artists who changed the direction of the history of art between 1905  (when Die Brücke group was founded) and 1955 (when the fist Documenta exhibition opened in Kassel).  Some 75 works by Picasso are on display alongside more than 100 works by artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Höch, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Also includes sixteenth-century paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Younger and Frans Francken. The German version of the show includes major works from the Würth2016-06-PicassoGermany Collection, one of the most important private collections in Central Europe.

The Divine Morales: Final Venue, Barcelona

El Divino Morales

Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya (MNCA)

Barcelona, 17 June – 25 September 2016
(Previously shown at the Prado and Bilbao).

Survey of 54 works by Luis de Morales (c.1510/11-1586) divided into five sections and starting with his Virgin of the Bird of 1546 along with other of his most important themes, the Virgin Dolorosa, Ecce Homo, Christ carrying the Cross and the Pietà. Another section is devoted to the artist’s images of the Virgin and Child including the panel of the Virgin and Christ Child with the Child Baptist from Salamanca Cathedral. Also on show are the only two drawings attributed to Morales, both from Lisbon’s Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. The final section focuses on Morales’ most important patron, Juan de Ribera, the counter-reformation bishop of Badajoz between 1562 and 1568.

Joaquím Gomis, Barcelona


Joaquím Gomis: Fundición Gimeno/Gimeno Foundry

Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
10 May – 18 September 2016

Photographic exhibition focussing on the development of Catalan sculpture from the 1900s to the 1940s, including a series of images taken by Gomis (1902-1991) of his friend Miró’s visits to the Barcelona-based Gimeno foundry between 1944 and 1949, where the sculptor created his first series of bronzes. When Gomis (the first president of the Miró Foundation, 1972-75) visited the foundry workshop it had accumulated many sculpted rejects and forgotten maquettes left behind over the past four decades, which he captured with his camera.

Teatro-Museo Dalí Exhibition

De sueños, paseos nocturnos y vivencias. Dalí in Madrid
Teatro-Museo Dalí, Figueras, Gerona
10 May – 16 October 2016

23 works mainly watercolours and drawings created when Dalí lived as a student in Madrid,1922-926. Amongst the items shown is the watercolour of Salvador Dalí and Maruja Mallo in the Café de Oriente of 1923.