”la Caixa” shows its collection at the Whitechapel Gallery for the first time
International, 17 January 2019
Internationally acclaimed authors explore Spain’s leading collection of contemporary art in this series of four displays taking place over the course of a year. Each writer curates a display of artworks and contributes new writing based on their selection.
Preeminent Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matas (b. 1948, Spain) brings an intuitive and personal approach to the “la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art for the first display, opening in January 2019. Selecting installation, painting, film and photography by artists Gerhard Richter (b. 1932, Germany), Dominique González-Foerster (b. 1965, France) and Dora García (b. 1956, Spain), he also includes figurative and landscape works by Spanish and European artists of his generation.
The first institutional Spanish collection to focus on postwar contemporary art “la Caixa” was founded in Barcelona in 1985 as the country emerged from a period of dictatorship, to foster dialogue between Spanish and international art. It now includes more than 1,000 works by international artists across the mediums of painting, sculpture, photography, installation and film.
“la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art. Selected by Enrique Vila-Matas. Place: Whitechapel Gallery, London. From 17 January to 28 April 2019.f
The event was attended by deputy general director of ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation, Elisa Durán.