“Psicodelia en la cultura visual de la era beat 1962-1972” is the title of the exhibition that will run until January 20, 2019 in the Picasso Room of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
The exhibition is composed of posters, album covers and fanzines that are part of the private archive of Zdenek Primus, art historian and Czech collector.
The main core of the exhibition is the extensive collection of original rock concert posters organized at the Avalon Ballroom or Filmore West led by promoter Bill Graham and the people of Familiy Dog Productions. Among these posters are those made by the great masters of psychedelia: Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso Rick Griffin and Alton Kelley.
We can also see more than 300 album covers fundamental in the musical and aesthetic development of the psychedelic movement (Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Who, Donovan, Jethro Tull, The Doors, T-Rex, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson …), as well as magazines that spread the underground message like the American Oracle, the English Oz or the Czech Pop Musical Express.
Another very interesting part of the exhibition is the collection of Czech and Eastern European posters and fanzines, where we can see the big groups in the area represented as Blue Effect or The Matadors.
To round off the exhibition there is a room with the visual project “Neon Rose” by Victor Moscoso. Moscoso’s Neon Rose posters for The Matrix (the San Francisco rock club where major bands like The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother & The Holding Company played) brought his work international attention during the Summer of Love 1967. He had pioneered the use of vibrating colors to create the psychedelic effect in poster art. The posters are exposed by projecting colored lights on them, which gives them a three-dimensional animated effect.
An exhibition not to be missed! More info on the page of the Círculo de Bellas Artes.