Permanent Collection - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga

The permanent collection of the CAC Málaga is made up of around 400 pieces donated by private collectors. Parallel to this the City Council of Málaga is gradually adding to the collection through its programme of acquisitions, launched in 2003.

The collection itself includes works from late 19th century Impressionism by artists such as Beruete and Regollos, and spans the different movements and artistic tendencies of the 20th century. The collection also includes a large number of recently created pieces which are more artistically experimental and therefore more difficult to classify concretely. These represent the eclectic landscape of contemporary art in the present day.

Collection highlights include the period 1950 to the present with particular emphasis on North American art of the 1960s represented here by artists such as Lichtenstein and Stella. There is also a section dedicated to Spanish painting from the 1980s, a decade in which this medium enjoyed a resurgence. In this section artists such as Broto, Campano, Sicilia, Quejido, Cobo, Barceló, Uslé and Gordillo are represented.

The collection contains both national and international names and covers all artistic disciplines, from the traditional such as painting, sculpture and photography, to the more modern and innovative such as installations, videos and a mix of expressive languages.

Human Landscape is the title of a new presentation of the CAC Málaga permanent collection, which can be seen in Málaga City Council¹s cultural centre, directed by Fernando Francés, curator of this show. Human beings and their circumstances are the main theme of this exhibition, which brings together 52 works and is divided into zones that reflect on and analyse the contemporary individual from different perspectives.
Homes, Concept and Feeling and People are the three sections that structure this new selection of the CAC Málaga permanent collection. They take over from Starting Point, an exhibition that dealt with the most characteristic artistic expressions of contemporary art from the eighties to the present day. This new set of works takes us on a thematic journey through recent Spanish and international artistic creation. It provides an overview of the latest avant-gardes and focuses on the essence of humanity. Social aspects, the landscapes invented by people and the links between art and psyche guide us on a special, suggestive itinerary.
The first section, called Homes, shows the way human beings intervene in the environment to build their habitat, a place to live, work and relate to other people. In the pieces in this section we can see houses, artificial landscapes, cities and their elements; people construct, build their nests and, beneath that roof, engage in activities and have experiences which make them grow, relate and evolve. This section contains installations like Habitación anónima (Anonymous room, 1993) by Victoria Civera or Dreambox (1994) by Pello Irazu; paintings like Piscina con reflejo (Swimming pool with reflection, 2004) by Los Carpinteros; and photographs like the four by Santiago Sierra grouped under the title Palabra tapada (Hidden word, 2003), which cover their representation of Spain at the last Venice Biennale.
Concept and Feeling is the second zone of the permanent collection, focusing on the constant search for the essence of humanity and the eternal duality between rationality and spirituality, brain and heart, thought and feeling. That opposition of ideas, found in most of the decisions made by people today, are reflected in the works on show: first, there are cold pieces where everything is calculated and measured and, second, abstract painting appeals to feeling and gives us a glimpse of the artist¹s imprint. This space includes a dozen works done between 1987 and 2004 such as Against the Wall (2003) by Fernanda Fragateiro, Flagge (1998) by Georg Herold, O.K. (2002) by Jonathan Hernández or A Periodic Table of the Elements (1997-1998) by Damien Hirst, which was acquired by CAC Málaga at the auction of the famous Pharmacy restaurant in London.
The third and final zone refers to the social aspect, which reflects the individual immersed in a broad network of relations that affect his environment, from the closest to the most distant. The title of this section is People and it looks at the communication society, social roles, racial intermixing, feminism, violence, contamination, traditions, tourism, death or different contemporary ways of life in an increasingly complex world. In this section, the largest in terms of the number of works on show, we find the bronze sculptures Untitled (1989) by Pedro Cabrita Reis, the installations by Guillermo Paneque De común acuerdo (By common agreement, 1990) and Standing Figure (2003) by Louise Bourgeois or the photograph by the Málaga artist Cristina Martín Lara Si yo supiera a qué se debeŠ (If I knew the reasonŠ, 2004), among others.
The new selection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations and videos to be seen in the permanent exhibition rooms at CAC Málaga shows contemporary art as an expression of the world today where multiculturalism, globalisation and plurality are the protagonists. All kinds of materials are used in the making of the pieces, from the most classic ones like oil to the most unusual like PVC or polyester. In this context of modernity, the artist observes what is happening around him, reflects on it and communicates it, thus generating a new interpretation of reality. The permanent collection is CAC Málaga¹s gesture of support, not only for painting, but also for the other artistic disciplines. With this concept, the Centre joins with Málaga in providing a new vision of human and social problems, part of its determination to ‘create a city’.

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