June 18, 2010 - MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon - Model Kits. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection
June 18, 2010

Model Kits. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection

Erick Beltrán
Modelos de Construcción del Objeto, 2010
Courtesy of the artist

MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection
26 June 2010 – 9 January 2011

Para ser construidos (To be Built) at Laboratorio 987
Alexander Apóstol. Tropical Modernity at the Showcase Project

26 June – 10 October 2010

Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24
24008 León, Spain
www.musac.es

On 26 June, MUSAC to unveil a major project focused on Latin America under the title MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection

From 26 June 2010 to 9 January 2011, within its 5th Anniversary programme, MUSAC, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, will be devoting its entire exhibition space to a major exhibition displaying most of the pieces by over 40 Latin American artists held in the MUSAC Collection. Under the title MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection, the show curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio (MUSAC Director), María Inés Rodríguez (MUSAC Head Curator) and Octavio Zaya (MUSAC curator at large), invites viewers to trace their own course through contemporary Latin American art, over a layout designed by architect Andreas Angelidakis. In parallel, all activities scheduled at MUSAC between June 2010 and January 2011 will focus on Latin America, including new projects at Laboratorio 987 and the Showcases, artist workshops, publications, seminars, performances, concerts, etc.

Project: MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection
Artists: Carlos Amorales , Alexander Apóstol, Julieta Aranda, AVAF, Fernando Bryce, Erick Beltrán, Iñaki Bonillas, Tania Bruguera, François Bucher, Luís Camnitzer, Raimond Chaves, José Damasceno, Dr. Lakra, Matías Duville, Sandra Gamarra, Carlos Garaicoa, Mario García Torres, Diango Hernández, Juan Fernando Herrán, Federico Herrero, María Teresa Hincapié, Leonilson, Jorge Macchi, Gilda Mantilla, Gilda Mantilla y Raimond Chaves, Teresa Margolles, Hernán Marina, Ana Mendieta, Mujeres Creando, Óscar Muñoz, Rivane Neuenschwander, Damián Ortega, Álvaro Oyarzun, Nicolás París, Jorge Pineda, Caio Reisewitz, Rosângela Renno, Pedro Reyes, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Martín Sastre, Melanie Smith y Rafael Ortega, Valeska Soares, Javier Téllez, Meyer Vaisman , Carla Zaccagnini
Curators: Agustín Pérez Rubio, María Inés Rodríguez, Octavio Zaya
Layout design: Andreas Angelidakis
Coordinators: Carlos Ordás, Eneas Bernal
Venue: Halls 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, MUSAC
Dates: 26 June 2010 – 9 January 2011
Sponsored by AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
With the support of the Embassy of Colombia in Spain

MODEL KITS is the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León fourth major exhibition of its Collection works, after Emergencias (April – August 2005), Fusion (December 2005 – April 2006) and Existencias (September 2007 – January 2008). The show will also be the first opportunity to see many of the MUSAC Collection’s latest acquisitions made between 2007 and 2010, all of which are included in the book MUSAC Collection Volume III, to be presented on 26 June.

MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection draws its inspiration from 62/ A Model Kit, a novel published by Julio Cortázar in 1968, which stands as one of the most enduringly original and ambitions projects in Spanish-language literature. Translating it into a different period and discipline, the exhibition modestly attempts to apply the unique novel’s vision in the way it rejects and subverts any single interpretation or conventional linear narrative of the works on display, challenging the viewer to establish her own parameters and directions, connections and relationships. MODEL KITS includes around 100 works by over 40 Latin American artists, produced since the late 1980s (under the MUSAC Collection’s purchasing criteria), covering a broad range of media and languages, artistic strategies and significations, references, objects and situations, which jointly contribute to assembling varying narratives and permutations. From leading deceased artists who hold pride of place in Latin American Art History like Ana Mendieta, Leonilson or Maria Teresa Hincapié; to great masters such as Luis Camnitzer, Oscar Muñoz or Miguel Angel Rojas; the landmark 90s generation of Valeska Soares, Rosângela Renó, Jorge Macchi or Carlos Garaicoa; all the way to young artists who are making their mark on the current landscape, such as Mario García Torres, Julieta Aranda or Matías Duville, amongst others.

LABORATORIO 987
Title: Para ser construidos (To be Built)
Artists: Marcelo Cidade (Sao Paulo, Brasil, 1979), Marcius Galan (Indianápolis, US, 1972), André Komatsu (Sao Paulo, Brasil, 1978), Nicolás Robbio (Mar del Plata, Argentina 1975), Carla Zaccagnini (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973)
Curator: Agustín Pérez Rubio
Coordinator: Helena López Camacho
Dates: 26 June – 10 October 2010
Venue: Laboratorio 987 and Outdoor garden MUSAC
Sponsored by:
AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
Fundaçao Nacional de Artes FUNARTE. Ministerio da Cultura. Brasil.
Bienal de Sao Paulo
With the support of Lei de incentivo à cultura. Ministerio da Cultura. Brasil

On June 26th the MUSAC’s Laboratorio 987 will be presenting the project Para ser construidos (To be Built), a group show whose concept embraces the double conceptual and linguistic aspect of the term “construction” to exemplify a relation with urban factors on the one hand and considerations of identity on the other. The artists participating in this show— Marcelo Cidade, Marcius Galán, André Komatsu, Nicolás Robbio, Carla Zaccagnini— arise from the Brazilian context, yet the show is not intended as a vision of the current Brazilian art scene. It is a reflection on the construction of certain concepts of identity, in art as well as in the urban setting. This show is based on the relations between art and society, and therefore between art and politics.

SHOWCASE PROJECT
Publication Title: Alexander Apóstol Modernidad Tropical
Showcase Project Title: Modernidad Tropical o cómo lograr que el lobo feroz no destruya la casa de papel Tropical Modernity or How to stop the big bad wolf from destroying the paper house
Artist: Alexander Apóstol (Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 1969)
Curator: María Inés Rodríguez
Coordinator: Cynthia González García
Venue: MUSAC, Showcase Project
Dates: 26 June – 12 October 2010
Sponsored by AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, presents the first monographic publication about the work of the Venezuelan artist Alexander Apóstol. This monograph launches the publishing series AA, which the MUSAC will be devoting to art and architecture. To introduce this first publication of the series, Apóstol will present a site-specific installation for the Showcase Project that will be on view as of June 26th.

ACTIVITIES IN RELATION TO MODEL KITS
June 2010 – January 2011

1. Symposiums, forums, conferences

- Symposium: Thinking Latin America. November 6 – 7, 2010
- Forum: Independent Art Publications in Latin America. MUSAC. December 10, 2010 / Serralves Foundation. December 12, 2010.

2. Workshops

- Raimond Chaves. June 28 – July 3, 2010
- Carolina Caycedo. October 13 – 16, 2010
- Carla Fernández. October 2010

3. Courses

- Art History of the 20th Century. A Latin American perspective. October 2010 – June 2011

4. Music and film programmes

- Aterciopelados in concert- 26 June 2010

Activities sponsored by AECID. Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo

On occasion of the exhibition project MODEL KITS. Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC Collection, the museum’s comprehensive schedule of activities will focus entirely on Latin America. The exhibitions held at Laboratorio 987, in the Showcases and in the main galleries will give rise to a set of parallel activities including symposiums, forums, artist workshops and music and film events. The schedule intends to establish a platform for reflecting on a continent in a permanent state of flux, a basis for analysis and an exchange of ideas between artists, cultural agents and the general public interested in coming closer to Latin America’s contemporary art context in its diverse aspects.

Press releases and high resolution images at www.musac.es/prensa/
MUSAC Press office: prensa@musac.es/ (T)0034 987 091103

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