Black Light: Secret traditions in art since the 1950s

16 May 2018 – 21 Oct 2018

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Admission to one exhibition €6
Combined admission (to two exhibitions) €8
Reduced admission to one exhibition €4
Reduced combined admission (to two exhibitions) €6

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This exhibition is about the influence that various secret traditions have had on contemporary art from the nineteen-fifties to the present day. It presents some 350 works by such artists as Antoni Tàpies, Agnes Martin, Henri Michaux, Joseph Beuys, Ulla Von Brandenburg, William S. Burroughs, Joan Jonas, Jordan Belson, Goshka Macuga, Kenneth Anger, Rudolf Steiner, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Francesco Clemente and Zush.

“Black light” brings together, in more or less chronological order, paintings, drawings, audiovisuals, sculptures, photographs, installations, books, music, engravings and documents by artists largely from North America, where secret traditions have historically enjoyed greater acceptance.

There are works by creators who are considered fundamental to the history of art, such as Antoni Tàpies, Barnett Newman and Agnes Martin, alongside less-known figures of the counterculture of the sixties and seventies. The show also presents young artists to reflect the renewed interest in these traditions.

The work of all of them goes to show the relevance and continuity of these habitually overlooked trends, in many cases regarding art as a possible means to a higher cognitive level, as an instrument of connection with a more profound reality, or as a form of knowledge in itself. These ideas are contrary, for example, to a purely formalistic understanding of abstraction.

Specifically, the exhibition also explores the influence of esoteric ideas on areas of popular culture, such as comics, jazz, cinema and alternative rock.

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Enrique Juncosa

Exhibiting artists

Brion Gysin

Antony Balch

Harry Smith

Louise Despont

Antoni Tàpies

Henri Michaux

Collins Jess

João Maria Gusmão

Terry Winters

René Daumal

Rudolf Steiner

Matías Krahn

Robert Frank

Carlos Amorales

William S. Burroughs

Bruce Conner

Ad Reinhardt

Derek Jarman

Aleister Crowley

Joan Ponç

Ulla von Brandenburg

Frieda Harris

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Joan Jonas

Nicolás Echevarría

Carl Gustav Jung

Suzanne Treister

Chris Martin

Gino De Dominicis

Sun Ra

Forrest Bess

Howard Brookner

Tania Mouraud

Marjorie Cameron

Jordan Belson

Jonathan Hammer

Agnes Martin

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Barnett Newman

Grant Morrison

Philip Taaffe


Goshka Macuga

Francesco Clemente

Fred Tomaselli

Wolfgang Laib

Kenneth Anger

Wallace Berman


Pedro Paiva

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys


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