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

Joan Jonas

Nicolás Echevarría

Suzanne Treister

Chris Martin

Gino De Dominicis

Tania Mouraud

Howard Brookner

Jordan Belson

Barnett Newman

Agnes Martin

Marjorie Cameron

Sun Ra

Carl Gustav Jung

Philip Taaffe


Forrest Bess

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Wolfgang Laib

Fred Tomaselli

Goshka Macuga

Jonathan Hammer


Kenneth Anger

Grant Morrison

Wallace Berman

Antony Balch

Francesco Clemente

Pedro Paiva

João Maria Gusmão

René Daumal

Terry Winters

Henri Michaux

Rudolf Steiner

Matías Krahn

Brion Gysin

Derek Jarman

Robert Frank

Carlos Amorales

Louise Despont

William S. Burroughs

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

Antoni Tàpies

Harry Smith

Bruce Conner

Collins Jess

Ad Reinhardt

Aleister Crowley

Joan Ponç

Frieda Harris

Ulla von Brandenburg

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge


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