Gallery specialising in Post-War Spanish Art
Mayoral is a gallery specialised in Modern and Post-War art founded in Barcelona in 1989. In November 2019, Mayoral opened a second gallery in Paris. The gallery articulates an exhibition programme focused on Informalism and Post-War art, both Catalan and Spanish, with artists such as Tàpies, Chillida, Millares, Saura, Guerrero, Zóbel, Canogar, Rivera and Francés. At the same time, the gallery also exhibits the work of key twentieth-century avant-garde artists such as Miró and Picasso.
It develops projects that are rigorously curated and grow out of an exhaustive process of research based on original documentation. The gallery relies upon the support of the artists’ families, foundations and other institutions whose mission resides in preserving and publicising the legacy of the artists they represent. Likewise, it enjoys the complicity of many collectors and museums, both public and private, when it comes to accomplishing its mission.
In recent years Mayoral has presented projects such as Miró’s Studio (in London and New York), and the retrospectives Millares: Building Bridges, Not Walls; Saura: Tragedy & Creation and Tàpies Today, which delved into the creative process of the artists and analysed how their work continues to pose challenges in the present day.
The gallery participates in art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York and ARCOmadrid.
Zao Wou-Ki on Joan Miró
Mayoral presented an original dialogue between Joan Miró and Zao Wou-Ki, highlighting the parallel trajectory of these two great figures of Modern art. Curated by Salomé Zelic, the show had the collaboration of the Fundació Miró Mallorca, the Musée de l'Hospice Saint-Roch in Issoudun and the Fondation Zao Wou-Ki.
Opening of Mayoral Paris
Mayoral established its first gallery space abroad in November. Located on the historic Avenue Matignon in Paris, the gallery opened its doors with an exhibition dedicated to Antonio Saura.
Round table at the MACBA
The 30th anniversary of the gallery was celebrated at the MACBA with a presentation by Cristina, Eduard and Jordi Mayoral, and a round table on "The construction of the story of a gallery" mediated by Llucià Homs and with the participation of Carles Guerra, Sílvia Dauder and Maribel López.
Mayoral presented "Tàpies Today", a monographic exhibition devoted to Antoni Tàpies which followed the artist’s creative trajectory and argued for the validity and relevance of his work today. Arnau Puig, a friend of the artist and an expert in his work since the creation of the group Dau al Set, was the curator of the show.
Manolo Millares: Building bridges, not walls
Focusing on Manolo Millares's notorious maturity period (1957-1972), it was the artist's major exhibition in a private gallery up until then. The show provided a unique opportunity to contemplate an ensemble of seventeen of Millares's arpilleras (burlap paintings).
An exhibition of Surrealist Women is presented for the first time in Spain, embracing works by artists Valentine Hugo, Maruja Mallo, Lee Miller, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Remedios Varo, Ángeles Santos and Leonora Carrington.
Mayoral commemorated the 80th-anniversary of the Spanish Republic Pavilion at the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, with a replica of "The Reaper" by Joan Miró, his great lost work.
Mayoral presented an immersive exhibition recreating Miró’s studio, curated by Elvira Cámara, Director of The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Mallorca and produced in collaboration with Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s grandson.
Mayoral inaugurated a solo show devoted to Chillida in 2015 with the collaboration of the Fundación Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce. The project embraced an accurate selection of drawings, sculptures, graphic works by the artist and the film 'Art and Dreams'. It received the GAC Award for Best Exhibition.
Miró / Calder
Mayoral celebrated its 25th-anniversary with an exhibition on Joan Miró and Alexander Calder, organized in collaboration with Successió Miró and Calder Foundation, presenting 40 artworks. Miró’s grandson, Joan Punyet Miró, inaugurated the exhibition.
Mayoral presented a Picasso solo-show in collaboration with Maya Picasso.
Portraits | Crucifixions | Dames | Accumulations
Dalí: Les inquietuds d'un geni
Mayoral organized a retrospective exhibition commemorating the centenary of Dalí's birthday.
Inauguration of Galeria Mayoral in Barcelona