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Zóbel and The Great Post-War Generation

Mayoral presents 'Zóbel and The Great Post-War Generation' at the Fundación PONS in Madrid. This exhibition, curated by Alfonso de la Torre, is a dialogue between works by Fernando Zóbel and other abstract creations of the Spanish Post-War period.
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Zóbel and The Great Post-War Generation

Mayoral’s first exhibition in Madrid, ‘Zóbel and The Great Post-War Generation’, will be held from the 11th to 21st March at the Fundación PONS. The exhibition brings together more than a dozen works by Zóbel and his contemporaries, such as Eduardo Chillida, José Guerrero, Luis Feito, Juana Francés, Manolo Millares, Joan Miró, Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Picasso, Gerardo Rueda, Antonio Saura and Antoni Tàpies, as well as photographs, publications and documents from the period that recall moments when they met.

This is the first time an exhibition has been held in which Zóbel occupies a central point of reference in dialogue with his contemporaries. His works form an essential axis for reviewing and rethinking the importance of Post-War art in the show.

In the words of the curator of the exhibition, Alfonso de la Torre: “Practically all the artists on display made international wandering a central tenet of their life and career and, thus, to evoke Fernando Zóbel is to mention his North American academic background, his extensive personal history with the Orient and his travels in Europe, which he shared with extraordinary generosity upon his arrival in Spain in the late 1950s. Zóbel became a real centre of energy and creativity. In 1955 he began to collect works by contemporary Spanish abstract painters. The Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, opened in Cuenca in 1966 to house his collection, was unusual in Spain in that it was created for and by artists, and located in what can be described as a colony of creators, in keeping with other international groups such as those that arose in North America, such as New York’s Greenwich Village or Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs. ‘Despite everything, the world was moving forward’ had been Millares’ prediction.”



It’s all over, this is other art
by Alfonso de la Torre

This exhibition allows us to contextualize the presence of the work of Fernando Zóbel (Manila, 1924-Rome, 1984), linked to certain essential abstract artists from our postwar period. From the tutelary perspective of Joan Miró or Pablo Picasso, the exhibition relates the central position of the former as an energy hub during the development of postwar art. Many of the abstract creators of that time could be found around him —that “unrepeatable generation”, in the words of Zóbel—, from the two main places of dissemination of those years, the cities of Madrid symbolized by the creation of El Paso in 1957 and previously Dau al Set in Barcelona… keep reading


Alfonso de la Torre is an art theorist and critic, specialising in contemporary Spanish art. He has curated more than a hundred exhibitions, published essays and poetry, and taught courses at various universities, museums and institutions including: Centro Pompidou (Málaga), MNCARS, Museo de Teruel, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad de Córdoba, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, UIMP-Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo and Université de La Sorbonne. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

He has edited the Catalogues Raisonnés of paintings for the following artists: Manolo Millares (MNCARS and Fundación Azcona, 2004); Manuel Rivera (Diputación de Granada and Fundación Azcona, 2009); and Pablo Palazuelo (MNCARS, MACBA, Fundación Palazuelo and Fundación Azcona). Later this year, the Catalogue Raisonné of Fernando Zóbel paintings under his editorship will be published (Ayala Foundation, Fundación Azcona and Fundación Juan March). www.delatorrealfonso.com



Zóbel y grandes artistas de posguerra
From 11th to 21st March 2021
Fundación PONS: Calle de Serrano, 138, 28006 Madrid
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Fundación PONS has taken all the necessary measures to ensure that visitors feel absolutely safe: reduced capacity, hydroalcoholic gel dispensers and regular disinfection of the rooms.