March 12, 2014 - MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon - Alicia Framis
March 12, 2014

Alicia Framis

Alicia Framis, Anti-Dog, 2002–3. Performance. Courtesy of the artist.

Alicia Framis
Framis in Progress

15 March–1 June, 2014

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
Avda. Reyes Leoneses, 24
León
Spain

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Framis in Progress is a large retrospective exhibition by Dutch-Spanish artist Alicia Framis (b. 1967, Barcelona). Framis gained international recognition for performances and projects in public spaces that focus on human existence and social relationships. Her projects are interdisciplinary and intersect with fashion, architecture and design. All her works are focused on the analysis of human existence and social relationships, seeking to create unexpected encounters and experiences with the viewer through formal configurations accessible to the public, largely interactive and with high quality aesthetics.  Framis seeks to bridge the distance between the artist and viewer, as she believes that normal art objects are too limited to convey ideas and emotions, and that as an artist you can best reach the public through direct contact and interaction.

The exhibition at MUSAC highlights the great range of her work around social issues over the last two decades. Framis in Progres is structured around three themes: Social Architecture, Fashion and Demonstrations and Whishing Walls. A series of key works of the artist’s production are presented in each section, including an installation on fashion, a simulated office for architecture, as well as videos, photographs, drawings and objects that encourage the active participation of the viewer.

The Social Architecture section displays drawings and prototypes of social sculptures and spaces which Framis has designed since 1995. The space resembles an architecture-studio with a big table in the center where people can take a seat and see all the plans, drawings, prototypes and models of buildings and constructions with a social impact. All these designs are made by Framis as solutions or alternatives for the issues she encountered while living in different cities. An important part of this Studio is that the audience can find a photocopying machine. Here, one can photocopy all floor plans, studies and drawings developed by Framis for different occasions. These copies can be taken home in order to create these houses, prototypes and buildings themselves.

In Fashion and Demonstrations the public can discover the clothing that Framis has designed and the ways in which this clothing was worn for demonstrations, events, and performances, such as Anti-Dog. Visitors can try the out all dresses and complements that were used in all demonstrations that Framis organized in different cities with different purposes.

The third part, Wishing Walls, is a spot for visitors to (invisibly) leave behind their dreams and wishes like Dreamkeeper, Wishing Wall and Letters to the sky. 

The overall concept is that the audience can use, try, photocopy all artworks, or take all the information they need to create their own experience. 


Curator: Mirjam Westen
Venue: MUSAC Halls 2 & 3 

Organized jointly by:
Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem 
Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck
Cultuurcentrum Bruges
MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León

With the support of: 

Alicia Framis at MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
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