Reading group activated by Álvaro de los Ángeles

Literature inbetween a collection

CollectionConversationsRead groupIVAM Centre Julio González

The collection from IVAM is organised using six chronological and themed blocks which explain, with their own voice, the art developed from the beginning of the 20th century to the modern day. Perhaps not everything is as it is (or was), but it is everything that exists. Stories of the present – and those that come from far away but are updated in our present- should be told as a polyphony of voices and from contexts that make us sharpen our critical eye regarding their construction and relevance.

Over six sessions, using six books, we will delve into the narrative actions that literature offers us and we will link them together, sometimes with simple gestures and sometimes with more complex choreography, with the IVAM collection. The worlds of fiction build reality; they are reflective mirrors or transparent windows, but they always tell us what we are, or what we are eager to become, from our previous experience and towards our future possibility of transforming ourselves. In these narrative gestures, traversed by stories and lives, we will slow down.

El gesto narrativo
Six Wednesday sessions, from 18.00 to 19.30
2nd November and 14th November 2022
18th January, 15th February, 22nd March and 10th May 2023

Limited places. Recommended for interested individuals, send a brief letter of interest. Acceptance to the group involves attendance at all six of the sessions.

Working of the reading group: each participant should have read the book before they arrive. IVAM will have 5 copies available for those who are unable to buy it or to borrow. The location of each session will be provided in advance, depending on the book and the dynamic generated between the book and the section of the IVAM collection that it refers to.

1914-1939: Historic vanguards
«This period comprises from the First World War until the start of the Second, the same year in which the Spanish Civil War ended. IVAM possesses a significant collection of works belonging to historic European vanguards, especially from constructivism, dadaism, futurism, neoplasticism and non-figurative or concrete abstraction.»

La tela de araña (1923) by Joseph Roth. Ed. Acantilado.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

1939-1961: Art in post-war Europe
«The twenty two years that make up this period, covering four decades, stand out for the consolidation of artistic movements such as European informalism or American abstract expressionism, together with new proposals of geometric abstract art, in a context framed by the long European post-war period and the hardest years of the Franco dictatorship.»

Nada (1945) de Carmen Laforet. Eds. Austral, Cátedra.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

1962-1976: Irruptions of the image

«This period brings together artistic practices of a very diverse nature that debated between abstraction and figuration both in Europe and in the United States. They are practices based on a new configuration of time, space and perception, and new approaches around objects, gesture and action, of which the IVAM has a significant number of works.»

El Benefactor (1945) by Susan Sontag. Eds. Debolsillo, Alfaguara…
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.


El gesto narrativo. Art in post-war Europe

14 dec. 2022
CollectionRead groupIVAM Centre Julio González

El gesto narrativo. Historic vanguards

02 nov. 2022
CollectionConversationsRead groupIVAM Centre Julio González