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Before the Horizon

Anna-Eva Bergman: N.o 8 -1969 Grand horizon bleu
Georg Baselitz: Fertigbetonwerk, 1970
Zineb Sedira: Vue Apocalyptique, 2012
Gerhard Richter: Landschaft bei Hubbelrath, 1969

The Joan Miró Foundation is showing “Before the Horizon”, an exhibition that we highly recommend.

Organised by Martina Millà, it is to remain on display until 16th February 2014 and includes works from the mid-19th Century to the present day. Paintings, photographs and sculptures arranged as a dialogue among artists from different times, places and traditions.

The theme is a reflection on the horizon.

Where the earth ends and the sky starts… where the clouds touch the sea… the moment when a ray of sunlight shines through a rift in the clouds and outlines the frontier between air and water with one fleeting,  radiant line…

Is this the horizon?

Gerhard Richter with Landschaft bei Hubbelrath (Landscape near Hubbelrath) (1969), Nicolau Raurich with Marina (1899) and Anna-Eva Bergman with Grand horizon bleu (1969) guide us with these three images.

However, the reflection sharpens to become critical.

How should we represent the horizon in a landscape transformed by mankind? Should we perhaps turn the industrialised world upside down, knock it over to be able to look to the skies, towards nature? These are the questions posed when we study Bigger Trees near Warter (2009) and Fertigbetonwerk (1970) by David Hockney and Georg Baselitz. Furthermore, Zineb Sedira, with her Vue Apocaliptyque (2012), plunges us into discomfort: what if the view from the window –or from man’s work, if you like- distorts the line of the horizon?

But was that the horizon?

Fred Sandback with Untitled (1972), Olafur Eliasson with Blue line fade (2013), Eduardo Chillida with Elogio del horizonte I (1985) and Gonzalo Chillida with Marina (1978) invite us to the suspended moment. The horizon lies wherever our view stops or gets lost. Limit? Separation? Threshold? The spirit finally seeks and finds itself–and disintegrates– completely bare...

Before the Horizon poses conversations among sixty-odd pieces of work and suggests great moments on the way. These are ours, but there are many more. Complete the horizon, immerse yourselves in it and let yourselves go.


Roser Atmetlla

Writer and Editor at Promoartyou



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