CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo



9 OCT — 1 FEB


OPENING 8 OCT. 11:00 H.

CURATORS estrella de diego AND Ferran Barenblit

In recent months, CA2M has become the new home of the country's most significant contemporary art collections: the Collection of the Fundación Arco. This collection comprises 300 works by 224 key artists in contemporary creation, both on a national and international level, and it includes the main trends of the 21st century as well as the last 30 years of the 20th century. Collection IX will constitute the first ARCO Collection show to be held at CA2M and will present a journey through the most significant pieces. Through these works, it will be possible to revisit the foundations that sustain a large part of contemporary art, while also detecting some of the subsequent developments. The itinerary of the main exhibition will begin in the decades of 1960 and 1970, with outstanding works from the minimalist movement (Dan Flavin, Carl André); geometric abstraction (Jesús Soto, Elena Asins); land art (Richard Long); Arte Povera (Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone); and other artists who have appeared in the conceptual context (Esther Ferrer, Richard Tuttle). From the decade of 1980 there are works by artists such as Ana Mendieta, Sigmar Polke or Mike Kelley, and from 1990 the Collection takes us closer to the work of creators who work in different contexts in Latin American (such as Francis Alÿs, Guillermo Kuitka, Melanie Smith or Rivane Neuschwander), North America (Allan Sekula or Carolee Schneemann) and Europe (Juan Muñoz, Helena Almeida, Thomas Hirschhorn or Tobias Rehberger).

At the same time, Collection IX will contain three smaller samples that will bring spectators close to three core themes in the exhibition history of CA2M from its inauguration in 2008 to the present day. The first will hone in on those artists who reflect on the role of art as a space for critical knowledge and which question some of the matters taken for granted and which institutions and players work with (Antoni Abad, Eduardo Abaroa, Artur Barrio, Fernando Sánchez Castillo or Erwin Wurm). The second will delve into the subject and its layers and contradictions in the contemporary world and how, based on art, its current condition is questioned (VALIE EXPORT, Jimmie Durham or Jiri David).

Finally, the third exhibition will focus on the geopolitical changes that have taken place and how they have been reflected in artistic production (Ken Lum or Yinka Shonibare). In these three rooms and with the aim of integrating the collections and showing their numerous touch points, artists from CA2M's own collection will also be exhibited.


Antoni Abad; Ignasi Aballí; Eduardo Abaroa; Marina Abramović; Pilar Albarracín; Helena Almeida; Francis Alÿs; Carl André; Karel Appel; Elena Asins; Ángel Bados; Roger Ballen; Artur Barrio; Ricardo Basbaum; Christian Boltanski; Fernando Bryce; Daniel Buren; Cabello / Carceller;  Ana Casas; Toni Catany; Filipa César; José Pedro Croft; Keren Cytter; Hanne Darboven; Jiří David; Eugenio Dittborn; Willie Doherty; Jimmie Durham; VALIE EXPORT; Ângela Ferreira; Esther Ferrer; Dan Flavin; Samuel Fosso; Dora García; Thomas Hirschhorn; Marine Hugonnier; Emily Jacir; Donald Judd; Anish Kapoor; Mike Kelley; Guillermo Kuitca; Gabriel Kuri; Zilla Leutenegger; Sol Lewitt ; Thomas Locher; Richard Long; Cristina Lucas; Ken Lum; Jorge Macchi; Teresa Margolles; Allan McCollum; Ana Mendieta; Mario Merz; Aernout Mik; Jill Miller; Carlos Motta; Muntean & Rosenblum; Juan Muñoz; Rabih Mroué; Rivane Neuenschwander; Miguel Palma; Giuseppe Penone; Adrian Piper; Sigmar Polke; Arnulf Rainer; Tobias Rehberger; Meriç Algün Ringborg; Fernando Sánchez Castillo; Carolee Schneemann; Gregor Schneider; Allan Sekula; Yinka Shonibare; Melanie Smith; Jesús Soto ; Ana María Tavares; Wolfgang Tillmans; James Turrell; Richard Tuttle; Mark Wallinger, Erwin Wurm.