Structured around Jesús Rafael Soto’s concept of the aesthetic experience, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to re-examine the career of Soto who transformed the art of the second half of the 20th century.
Over a career spanning more than five decades, Soto played a fundamental role in the redefinition of the social scope and function of the work of art. Breaking away in the 1950s from the conventional separation of painting and sculpture, his practice moved progressively beyond the visual field to become emblematic of the radical shift undergone by the art object in subsequent years. Transcending the optical research of his early work, he formed part of the first group of kinetic artists in Paris together with Jean Tinguely, Iacov Agam, and Victor Vasarely. He also associated himself with experimental groups of international importance, such as Zero and the circle that formed around the Signals gallery in London.