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The 'Art & Language' collective exhibit in Barcelona

The 'Art & Language' collective exhibit in Barcelona

Remembering a forgotten art


A new exhibition revives the avant garde work of Art & Language: Britain's forgotten artistic collective from the 60s era

An exhibition of works by Britain's leading, however forgotten, conceptual artists of the 60s and 70s – a collective known as 'Art & Language' – opens this week, and perhaps surprisingly it's on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.

Everything in the show belongs to a Frenchman, Philippe Meaille, who owns 800 of their works – a reminder that, from the 60s decade onward, many British artists in this field were better received abroad than they were at home.

The "inventors of conceptual art", according to their long-term dealer – Nicholas Logsdail of the Lisson Gallery – 'Art & Language' was founded in 1967 by four artists who were teaching art theory in Coventry, and expanded to include nearly 50 members over the years, including the leader of a psychedelic rock band.

 Exhibition English language

 Exhibition English language

Art & Language Uncompleted - The Philippe Meaille Collection runs until April 15 2015