Fundación Juan March
Scale : Sculpture (1945-2000)
Focusing on the history of contemporary sculpture through the idea of scale, the exhibition begins with a reflection on the effects of the Second World War and the conception of sculptural space as a refuge. Its main artists are Alberto Giacometti, Carel Visser, Dan Graham, Katarina Fritsch or Dan Flavin. The curators are Penelope Curtis, Manuel Fontán del Junco and Inés Vallejo, from Fundación Juan March.
In 1981, the Fundación Juan March presented an exhibition entitled 50 Years of Sculpture (1900–1945). This exhibition expands that one in time and space, focusing on the history of contemporary sculpture through the idea of scale. Scale, which cannot be reduced – so to speak – to objects being made larger or smaller, has been and is so crucial to the development of sculpture that it lends itself as a prism through which to present contemporary sculptural practices. The exhibition begins with a reflection on the effects of the Second World War on a group of artists and on their conception of sculptural space as a refuge, and goes on to explore the different meanings of the idea of scale: measurement, progression, proportion. Thus, it shows that scale has been the means and the mechanism that has enabled new forms of making and thinking about sculpture in the second half of the twentieth century.
Reflecting some of the most significant changes that have shaped the medium – the expansion of its traditional realm with the move away from the museum and the exhibition space, its connection to installation art, the loss of the pedestal, and its closeness to performance art – the show expands beyond the galleries, spilling into other spaces inside the building as well as the patio and the surrounding streets, offering a lens that shows how scale expanded the boundaries of sculpture.
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