Black Light: Secret traditions in art since the 1950s

16 May 2018 – 21 Oct 2018

Event times

From Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 11.00 – 20.00

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

Gino De Dominicis

René Daumal

Ulla von Brandenburg

Louise Despont

Matías Krahn

Suzanne Treister

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

Harry Smith

Jonathan Hammer

Tania Mouraud

Terry Winters

Francesco Clemente

Bruce Conner

João Maria Gusmão

Goshka Macuga

Aleister Crowley

Forrest Bess

Grant Morrison

Collins Jess

Marjorie Cameron

Sun Ra

Wallace Berman

Nicolás Echevarría

William S. Burroughs

Joan Ponç

Chris Martin

Rudolf Steiner

Wolfgang Laib

Henri Michaux

Joan Jonas

Jordan Belson

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Brion Gysin

Derek Jarman

Robert Frank

Fred Tomaselli

Barnett Newman

Howard Brookner

Carl Gustav Jung

Antony Balch

Frieda Harris

Carlos Amorales

Antoni Tàpies

Ad Reinhardt


Kenneth Anger


Philip Taaffe

Pedro Paiva

Agnes Martin


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