Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 001.01 – The Art of the Concept, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
The works showcased in this gallery explore the notion of the artwork as an idea, instead of an object. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Cubic bar of Wood, 1971, by André Cadere
2. typology of watertowers, 1972, by Hilla & Bernd Becher
3. Seurat’s “Les Poseuses” (Small Version), 1975, by Hans Haacke
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- Here in this gallery we encounter art from the 60s and 70s.
- The art presented here goes beyond aesthetics and in fact, embraces a dematerialisation of the art object.
- The artists represented here believed that the idea of an artwork holds far greater value than the art object.
- While the Minimalists stripped down the art object to its bare bones, the Conceptualists went a step further and presented ‘thought’ as ‘art’. Different artists chose to express these thoughts in different ways. But it was always the idea that stood out over its physical representation.
- Several sub-movements or parallel movements were arguably born out of or supported by Conceptualism. Such as Assemblage art and Institutional Critique.
A Final Thought :
For those who are unfamiliar with Conceptualism, it may be challenging to understand how art can be devoid of object. We assure you, you will be thrilled to discover the genius of artists from the late 20th century, who managed to pull this off and create some of the most important works in the history of art.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.