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 artistsToggle

Suzanne Treister

Joan Ponç

Aleister Crowley

Louise Despont

Kenneth Anger

Brion Gysin

Wolfgang Laib

Nicolás Echevarría

William S. Burroughs

Forrest Bess

Terry Winters

João Maria Gusmão

Jonathan Hammer

Matías Krahn

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

Bruce Conner

Collins Jess

Sun Ra

Joan Jonas

Grant Morrison

Derek Jarman

Agnes Martin

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Harry Smith

Francesco Clemente

Pedro Paiva

Barnett Newman

Tania Mouraud

Frieda Harris

Wallace Berman

Ad Reinhardt

Ulla von Brandenburg

Chris Martin

Carl Gustav Jung

Gino De Dominicis

Philip Taaffe

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Jordan Belson

René Daumal

Henri Michaux


Goshka Macuga

Fred Tomaselli

Robert Frank

Howard Brookner

Antoni Tàpies

Rudolf Steiner

Marjorie Cameron

Carlos Amorales

Antony Balch



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