Torres-García at his Crossroads

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, 2011

“The exhibition is limited to a collection of drawings by Joaquín Torres-García, and some paintings and small wooden constructions. The purpose of the exhibition is to bring the visitor in proximity with the creative process of the artist. The structure and the sequence in which the works are displayed seek to portray the essential features of a long creative iter that travels through the first half of the twentieth century.
The exhibition is organized as a succession of “crossroads” marked by options or contrasting theoretical poles.The first half moves through what could be considered in a broad sense as a training period of the artist. The crossroads of that period correspond to specific points in time or more or less accurate chronological areas. The second half is dedicated to the years of plenty of the artist, the crossroads or theoretical poles become more analytical in character than chronological.
The expository sequence is adjusted to a double route were first room is both a musical prelude and finale where briefly the main theme of the exhibition is enunciated: the contrast and the synthesis or deep equivalence between the “classic beauty” and the “modern beauty”, both defined in a Baudelairian sense. In this introductory space only two works painted in very late date by the artist are presented. From there on the exhibition offers the visitor a reverse chronologically route that invites you to “dismantle” analytically the creative iter of the artist. Returning the same works are viewed in their natural chronological order, enabling a historically reconstruction.”

Tomàs Llorens, Curator.


“The discovering of a dual artist willing to establish dialogue between … the timeless and outdated, the classicism and the modernity, seeking an aesthetic category of its own.”

Alejandro Martínez, ARS Magazine.

“A further opportunity is offered to ponder the many crossroads of cultural traditions which were part of the continual stimulus in Torres-Garcia’s work throughout his career.”

Jeremy Roe, AHRC Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham.

“The versatility of

Joaquín Torres-García is astonishing.”

Jaume Vidal Oliveras, El Cultural.