Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), the great Spanish painter and engraver, infected the visual arts with feelings of tragic and mysterious to a point that only Giambattista Tiepolo could have reached before him. Goya's influence in the history of art has been so huge and lasting that this exhibition feels free to pair many of his works with works by his successors (from Daumier to Delacroix, from Picasso to Francis Bacon, from Sautin to Pollock) reputedly indebted to him. Curators Concepción Lomba Serrano and Valeriano Boza originally devised the exhibition two years ago, on a commission by the Goya in Aragon Foundation and the Aragonese Regional Government.
Leading, internationally renowned contemporary artists interpret their very own islands never found through a series of extraordinary works – some never before exhibited. Installations, videos, photographs, sculptures, drawings and paintings take the visitor on a journey, where each island – a metaphor for life and constant exploration – raises questions and doubts about the very meaning of life. The artists taking part in this project have embarked on a journey through uncharted waters, on a never-ending voyage, continually haunted by the possibility that the destination might in fact be a non-place, a utopia, a simple territory of desire – and therefore beyond reach.