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Presentation

This exhibition takes you through the halls of the Frederic Marès Museum, where the contemporary sculpture of the Bassat Collection stops in front of some Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque works and others from the 19th century, to establish a series of confluences

The Catalan verb “confluir refers to the junction of two rivers, two flows of water whose respective courses converge. The aim behind Confluències (Confluences) is precisely that, for the audience to involve themselves in the flow of the paired works.

Confluences

  • Henry Moore

    Sculpture on stone or marble is but a temporary loan from nature, modelled by culture. With the passage of time, nature closes the cycle. Moore's modelling, by contrast, considers both nature and culture: he deconstructs the human figure to blend it into the landscape.

    Group of two female figures, Early 2nd century AD, white marble

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    Henry Moore © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP 2022 / henry-moore.org

    Reclining woman I, Henry Moore, 1980, bronze

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  • Eduardo Chillida

    Chillida's first contact with the complexities of space was as a goalkeeper for Real Sociedad. The very hands he had stopped footballs with explored an infinite number of possibilities, such as the worshipper’s fingers having a dialogue with the intangible. Praying is embracing the invisible.

    Our Lady of Sorrows, Sebastián Ducete - Esteban de Rueda, 1618-1620, polychrome wood carving

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    Eduardo Chillida © Zabalaga Leku, VEGAP Barcelona, 2022

    Lotura XIV [Knot XIV], Eduardo Chillida, 1991, iron

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  • Joan Miró

    Miró's famous constellations have numerous readings. One of them is linked to the 12th chapter of the Apocalypse and was used by the baroque painter Murillo for building a definitive iconography of Mary’s Immaculate Conception: they share the Moon, the stars and allusions to fertility.

    Immaculate Conception, Antoine Dupar, 1718-1728, polychrome wood carving

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    © Successió Miró 2022

    Constellation silencieuse [Silent constellation], Joan Miró, 1970, bronze

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Activities

  • Presentation of the catalogue

    December 21 at 7 pm

    Presentation of the exhibition’s catalogue 'CONFLUENCES. Contemporary Sculpture of the Bassat Collection' and guided tour of the exhibition by its curator, the historian and art critic, Ricard Mas.

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    Guided tours

    Several Saturdays a month

    Guided tours of the temporary exhibition for discovering confluences between various contemporary sculptures from the Bassat collection with the museum’s medieval, Renaissance, baroque and 19th-century works.

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  • Taller familiar
    Family workshops

    Several Saturdays a month

    A family workshop that includes a brief guided tour of the exhibition, followed by playful dynamics and sculpture-making with play-doh. Activity recommended for children aged between 6 and 12.

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News

  • public inauguracio
    Inauguration of 'Confluences'

    17 November at 7 pm

    The inauguration of the exhibition 'Confluences. Contemporary Sculpture of the Bassat Collection' took place at the Frederic Marès Museum at 7 pm on 17 November, and was attended by more than 200 people.

     

  • 'Confluences' press conference

    16 November at 9.30 am

    The press conference for the exhibition 'Confluences. Contemporary sculpture of the Bassat collection' took place in the patio of the Museum on 16 November.

     

  • mitjans captura
    'Confluences' in the media

    Here you’ll find what’s been said about the exhibition in the media.

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