The Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona has a temporary exhibit beautifully curated by Martina Millà on the topic of the Horizon. It’s well thought out, with surprising compositions and a wealth of artists. I had been meaning to go when I saw posters lining the avenues of Barcelona, but as usual one thing led to another and before I knew it, it had slipped from my mind, and I thought the show long over. Luckily when I went with my parents to visit the Miro Foundation to view his works, we found that Before the Horizon was still going strong, and actually enjoyed it more than the permanent exhibitions in the foundation.


Before the Horizon includes sixty works by some of the great Spanish and international artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, among them Arnold Böcklin, Claude Monet, Eadweard Muybridge, Ed Ruscha, Carl Andre, David Hockney, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Miró, Perejaume and René Magritte. If you are in Barcelona you can still catch it, as it runs until February 16th. It’s well worth it, thought provoking, and an opportunity to see some fantastic artists, from Dali to a wonderful film of the installation of The Running Fence, a huge land artwork by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. (pictured)


Before the Horizon is an anachronistic gathering of painted and photographed horizons with an occasional foray into sculpture, installation, and land art. The title and the spirit of the exhibition are a reference to Georges Didi-Huberman’s book Devant le temps, a study of anachronism and art history. In the wake of great thinkers such as Walter Benjamin, Carl Einstein, and Aby Warburg, his analysis raises the issue of anachronism as one of the taboos of art history as an academic discipline.