Matter, space and time. Julio González and the avant-gardes.
Gallery 2. IVAM.2019
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), it was logical to make an exhibition about Julio González. But it seemed to me especially wise that it was curated by Sergio Rubira, José Salvador and Irene Bonilla. With the title “Matter, space and time. Julio González and the avant-gardes”, this exhibition connected the museum’s founding figure, and its collections, with artists such as Picasso, Schwitters, Brancusi, Calder, Lipchitz, Gargallo and David Smith. In a kind of compendium of creators to whom IVAM dedicated exhibitions throughout its history, and who expressed themselves through sculpture, as Julio González did, this exhibition was the essential reminder of an iron avant-garde, the works of which had a figurative (like González’s Montserrat) and abstract (like Woman in front of a mirror) intention, while still being modern, and they always will be.