Barcelona

“La Raó Revisada”

Fundacio Caixa de Pensiones

With a title as suggestive as it is ambitious (“La Raó Revisada,” Reason revised), Stephen Schmidt-Wulffen has curated a group show that brings together the work of seven West German artists. Diverse in their modes of expression, they all seem to share a similar intent, one aimed at overthrowing the schematism of Minimalism’s stringent agenda. However, this attitude results not so much in the relaxation or abandonment of that movement’s rigorous creative propositions as in the belief that the positivist cultural discourse on which Minimalism is based is obsolete, and that it became so the moment its signifiers were questioned. The presumed unity between object, perception, and idea has proven to be unattainable.

The ruptures that Schmidt-Wulffen wanted to emphasize are found less in plastic creation than in the discourses that mediate it. The texts that introduce the different artists

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