June 7, 2011 - MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon - Six new shows
June 7, 2011

Six new shows

Robert Crumb, “
Untitled,” 2006.

Impression on foam core board.
Courtesy Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon.

From 25 June 2011
- Claire Fontaine, P.I.G.S.
- Fernando Sinaga, Ideas K
- The Cry.
- I was a male Yvonne de Carlo. Critical art can be sophisticated, even entertaining

- Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball), Amikejo at the Laboratorio 987
- Yona Friedman, Métropole Europe at the Showcase Project

www.musac.es

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (León, Spain) presents a new exhibition season on June 25th. P.I.G.S. is the first solo exhibition of French artist collective Claire Fontaine in Spain, the opening instalment in the new Sala 1 project, a space set aside for the presentation of site-specific projects made by artists with well established trajectories but who have not yet garnered much visibility in Spain. The group show The Cry examines through the works of 17 international artists the meaning of the scream as a primeval gesture from a plethora of contexts and perspectives. MUSAC’s halls 4, 5 & 6 will host I WAS A MALE YVONNE DE CARLO. Critical art can be sophisticated, even entertaining, a specific project for MUSAC curated by Dora García and Marie de Brugerolle. The show explores the use of the profound mechanisms of comedy as tools for unmasking, analysis and critique of the ideological, social, economic, cultural and political systems by a series of artists from the national and international scope. Ideas K is a survey exhibition of Spanish artist Fernando Sinaga curated by Gloria Moure, underpinning Sinaga’s work throughout much of his creative trajectory, from 1984 to date. The independent project space Laboratorio 987 opens a specific project by Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball), the third show of the Amikejo yearly exhibition series, curated by Latitudes (Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa Luna). Last but not least, MUSAC’s Showcase Project shall be dedicated to Hungarian architect and theoretician Yona Friedman, on occasion of the publication of the second book of the Collection Art and Architecture AA MUSAC.

I WAS A MALE YVONNE DE CARLO. Critical art can be sophisticated, even entertaining
Ignasi Aballí, John Baldessari, Guy Ben-Ner, Julien Bismuth & Jean-Pascal Flavien, Stanley Brouwn, Robert Crumb, Guy de Cointet, Kirsten Mosher, Itziar Okariz, Allen Ruppersberg, Jack Smith.
Curators: Dora García and Marie de Brugerolle
25 June 2011–8 January 2012

I WAS A MALE YVONNE DE CARLO. Critical art can be sophisticated, even entertaining is a specific project for MUSAC curated by Dora García and Marie de Brugerolle. The show explores the use of the profound mechanisms of comedy as tools for unmasking, analysis and critique of the ideological, social, economic, cultural and political systems by a series of artists from the national and international scope. Through a selection of more than 20 works of varied techniques —video, objects, decoration, formal wear and performance—by the artists Ignasi Aballí, John Baldessari, Guy Ben-Ner, Julien Bismuth & Jean-Pascal Flavien, Stanley Brouwn, Guy de Cointet, Robert Crumb, Kirsten Mosher, Itziar Okariz, Allen Ruppersberg, Jack Smith, I WAS A MALE YVONNE DE CARLO proposes an approach to the arduous task of “showing the truth through humor”. On occasion of the show, a catalogue with texts by Dan Graham, Susan Sontag, Allen Ruppersberg, Jack Smith, Guy de Cointet, Dora García and Marie de Brugerolle will be published. Read more about the project

The Cry
Absalon, Allora & Calzadilla, Hernan Bas, Irina Botea, Luisa Cunha, El Resplandor, Lara Favaretto, Terence Gower, Jesper Just, David Maljkovic, Christian Marclay, Teresa Margolles, Loreto Martínez Troncoso, Olivia Plender, Ugo Rondinone, Javier Téllez, von Calhau
Curators: María Inés Rodríguez and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
25 June 2011–8 January 2012

The group exhibition The Cry examines, through a selection of 28 works by 17 international artists, the meaning of the scream as a primeval gesture from a plethora of contexts and perspectives, both on a political level and within the private field of human expression. Through works by Absalon, Lara Favaretto, Jesper Just, Teresa Margolles and Ugo Rondinone, among others, the show takes the groundbase of Expressionism as a frame of reference to identify the sentient meaning of that gesture for contemporary art. The Canadian artist Terence Gower has been commissioned with the exhibition design. At the same time, performance will play a major role in the show with projects by Loreto Martínez Troncoso, Von Calhau and El Resplandor, on view throughout the exhibition in a specific space called Plaza Pública. Read more about the project

Claire Fontaine, P.I.G.S
Curator: María Inés Rodríguez
25 June–18 September 2011

P.I.G.S. is the first solo exhibition in Spain by Paris-based artist Claire Fontaine, whose work revolves around the exploration of the political, economic and social context and on how it influences contemporary society. In a world mediated by the rationale of the market and consumerism, Claire Fontaine co-opts art practices as a method for collective activity, a way of reflecting on how such notions predicate the construction of our lives as individuals and as citizens. The Claire Fontaine exhibition at the MUSAC is the opening instalment in the new Sala 1 project, a space set aside for the presentation of site-specific projects made by artists with well established trajectories but who have not yet garnered much visibility in Spain. Read more about the project

Fernando Sinaga, Ideas K
Curator: Gloria Moure
25 June–18 September 2011

MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León) presents Ideas K, a survey exhibition of Spanish artist Fernando Sinaga curated by Gloria Moure. With over fifty works across various supports, the exhibition takes a look at the imaginary underpinning Sinaga’s work throughout much of his creative trajectory, from 1984 to date. The idea behind Ideas K is to underscore the specific and experimental nature of Sinaga’s work as well as its transversal and diversified thrust, as revealed by the compelling correlation of the connections and links running through his practice over the last 26 years. Read more about the project

Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball), Amikejo at the Laboratorio 987
Curators: Latitudes (Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa Luna)
25 June–11 September 2011

MUSAC’s independent project space, the Laboratorio 987, presents the third show of the Amikejo exhibition series, by occasional collaborative pair Uqbar [Mariana Castillo Deball (1975, Mexico City, Mexico) & Irene Kopelman (1976, Cordoba, Argentina)]. Amikejo: Uqbar Foundation explores the notion of “collaborative process”, of working together understood as a chemical reaction between two elements, or two parallel universes that branch and meet at certain stages. These reflections are expressed metaphorically in the show through the principal of chirality or ‘handedness’, a property of an object that is not superimposable on its mirror image (being Human hands perhaps the most recognizable example of chirality). Quoting the artists, “[we will] take this phenomenon as a metaphor of two organisms working together, reflecting on each other’s mechanisms, mirroring each other; and at the same time being completely different and alien to each other”. Read more about the project

Yona Friedman, Métropole Europe at the Showcase Project
Curator: María Inés Rodríguez
25 June–18 September 2011

From 25 June, MUSAC’s Showcase Project shall be dedicated to Hungarian architect and theoretician Yona Friedman, on occasion of the publication of Volume 2 of the Collection Art and Architecture AA MUSAC. In his work Friedman places priority on the word of the individual, his needs and the power implicit in the freedom to decide, thus granting him a fundamental role in society. This project is at once a tribute to one of the most influential, dynamic and visionary theoreticians of our time and a prolongation of our reflections on architecture and its role in structuring the contemporary city. Read more about the project

MUSAC
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
Avda. Reyes Leoneses, 24
24008 León (Spain)
www.musac.es
musac@musac.es
T +34 987 09 00 00

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