Art for the Hungry.

The Image Journey through Time at CaixaForum Madrid

The Image Journey through Time at CaixaForum Madrid

The exhibition, available for your visit until January 16, 2022 at the Caixaforum Madrid, proposes an exhaustive journey through different periods of history, establishing as common denominator the human image. It uses a total of 146 works in collaboration with the British Museum, an installation by MACBA and an oil painting by Museo del Prado.


The human image itself is sensitive to variations in style, materials and technique, thus giving to a great diversity in the works; however, factors such as self-perception, identity and the desire to define ourselves through the embodiment of our physiognomy, either idealized or realistic, they remain intact over time. These features respond to the context in which the pieces were formulated: the culture, the geographical area, the society to which it is ascribed, the religion and of course the degree of freedom with which the artist left, to a greater or lesser extent, his personal imprint.


The Human Identity. Art, Identity and Symbolism is divided into 5 sections: Ideal Beauty, Portraits, The Divine Body, The Political Body and Body Transformation, in which Curator Brendan Moore has attempted to categorize the vast amount of information each of the pieces provides. The intentionality, the beauty and the mystery fill each one of the works, emerging in the primary sense that constituted its elaboration.


It should be noted that the oldest piece responds to a human skull modeled 8000 B.C. from Cisjordania, while the most recent one is a silkscreen by the Iranian artist Parvix Tanavoli.



Art for the Hungry.


Text: Beatriz Igea Sanchez.

Photos: Nicholas Nixon-Mapfre Foundation Barcelona.



HōRNō _ Online Art Gallery

The Human Image

Art, Identities and Symbolism

CaixaForum Madrid

From April 28, 2021 to January 16, 2022.