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February-June 1980

Motherwell, a survey of his career, is shown at the Centro Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, his first solo exhibition in Spain (February 26–April 6). The exhibition travels to Madrid where it is shown at the Fundación Juan March (April 18–June 8).

At the opening in Madrid the poet Rafael Alberti reads a new poem written for the occasion, “El Negro Motherwell.” This is Motherwell’s first meeting with the heroic poet of the Generation of ’27 and author of “a la Pintura.” The next day, the two meet in private and agree to a collaboration that results in the livre d’artiste, El Negro (1983).