Madrid

Madrid

MIGUEL ÁNGEL CAMPANO

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
November 5, 2019–April 20, 2020

Curated by Manuel Borja-Villel

Miguel Ángel Campano was never interested in adhering to any one school of painting. Born in Madrid, Campano moved to Paris in the 1970s, a fertile decade during which he met Fernando Zóbel and focused on geometric abstraction. In the ’80s, working between France and Majorca, the artist turned to neo-expressionism while working on large-scale series such as “Vocales” (Vowels), 1979–81, which features embedded references to the work of Cézanne, Delacroix, and Poussin, among others. It was in this era that Campano was lauded—alongside contemporaries such as Ferran García Sevilla and José María Sicilia—as part of a generational “renovation of Spanish painting.” A stroke in 1996 did not stop him; indeed, some of his most lyrical experiments date from the decade following the event, as he mingled his geometric and gestural techniques with other styles, formats, and materials, such as Indian lungis. Curated by Manuel Borja-Villel, this retrospective will present approximately one hundred works Campano produced between 1972 and 2007.