Sound Art?

26 October 2019 - 23 February 2020
FundaciÓ Joan MirÓ | Barcelona, Spain
Channa Horwitz, Sonakinatography "Error at 648" (1980)
© Channa Horwitz. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Is "sound" the matter and the medium or an aesthetic category per se?

With 70 works by 36 artists - Marcel Duchamp, Sonia Delaunay, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Tres, and Joan Miró, among others - the exhibition presents a selection of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and installations that illustrate the long-lasting and rich conversation between visual arts and sound.

With its title drawn from the seminal article by Max Neuhaus (1939-2009), Sound Art? questions the role of sound as a source of inspiration, the music score as a space for experimentation, the body as a listening device, silence as a discursive and conceptual element.

"Silence is the denial of noise - but the smallest noise in the middle of silence becomes enormous. That same process makes me look for the noise hidden in silence, the movement in immobility, life in inanimate things, the infinite in the finite, forms in a void, and myself in anonymity." Joan Miró (1893-1983).