Opening of exhibition season

Opening of exhibition season

Artium Museoa, Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country

Esther Ferrer, “El arte de la performance. Teoría y práctica,” 2010.
Performance made at Centre Pompidou, París.
Photo by Hervé Véronèse.

September 28, 2011

Opening of exhibition season

Saturday,8 October 2011

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
+34 945 20 90 00

Esther Ferrer. In four movements
North Gallery
Curator: Rosa Olivares
Organized by ARTIUM (Vitoria-Gasteiz), and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), and co-produced by CGAC (Santiago de Compostela) and Es Baluard (Palma de Mallorca)
With the support of Naturgas Energia and the Provincial Government of Alava
With the help of Montehermoso Cultural Centre
Catalogue of the exhibition, with texts by Margarita de Aizpuru, Tom Johnson, Rosa Olivares, David Pérez Rodríguez, Sergio Rubira and Alberto Sánchez Balmisa
Performance by Esther Ferrer: october 7, Friday, at 5.30 PM

This exhibition does not set out to be a retrospective show, nor an attempt to span her entire career and all the aspects of her art, but is configured as an action in four stages, an individualised approach to the treatment of a number of essential concepts not only in her oeuvre but in conceptual work as a whole.

The exhibition is based on four concepts: Time, Infinity, Repetition and Presence. Each of these concepts is dealt with transversely based on three types of work by Esther Ferrer. In the first place, works of an objectual nature, be these photographs, paintings or objects which they themselves maintain the idea of work of art. Secondly, installations created specifically in the galleries of the museum, some of them never seen before. And finally, each concept is illustrated with a performance work. Given the impossibility of proposing a performance with the same duration as that of an exhibition, this work will be presented exclusively with strictly documentary material comprising drawings, photographs and videos, not considered in any case as works of art in themselves.

Praxis. Jenny Marketou. Paperophanies
North Gallery
Curator: Blanca de la Torre
Produced by ARTIUM

Paperophanies offers new kinds of mechanisms to explore collaboration, social relations, identity, fashion, action and the commons. Marketou has transformed the PRAXIS gallery into a fashion atelier where workshops take place daily, which after two months culminates into a public event in the form of a public protest ending in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca.

The artist uses workshops as a platform for bringing together community, local organizations, local artists, young students, scholars, activists who participate in a common endeavor and DIY practice with the aim to engage themselves in a collective process where paper fashion combined with language and performance expands its action into the public space and becomes a collective experience and endeavor towards community compassion for free speech and public debate recurring aspects in the work of Jenny Marketou.

The use of “paper fashion” is based on a long tradition of paper dresses inspired by the poster dresses of the 60s, which were used in political campaigns and became especially popular in the United States and Europe.

Stanzas. Restitutive Practices on the ARTIUM Collection
Lower East Gallery
Curators: Mar Villaespesa and BNV Producciones (Joaquín Vázquez),
in dialogue with Bulegoa z/b, Fundación Rodríguez, Valentín Roma and Laura Trafí-Prats
Produced by ARTIUM
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Provincial Government of Alava

Stanzas is a project of the ARTIUM Collection, the aim of which is to analyse the creative strategies of a collection and the way in which the knowledge that this generates is constructed and exhibited. When a work of art is added to a collection, it takes part in the symbolic order of the museum institution, a centre that gives order to discourse and establishes knowledge in society and its heritage, which must be conserved for the future. How to recover the political capacity of works of art and reactivate their potential rupture once they have been subjected to the conservation rules imposed within this official framework of knowledge?

The exhibition goes beyond the works and interventions it shows us, to invite us to take part in a series of operations that include the process and context, through theatre performances, participation in workshops and laboratories that enable new relations and uses of the institution and the works in the collection themselves.

Carmelo Ortiz de Elgea, José Luis Zumeta. Light inside
South Gallery
Curators: Daniel Castillejo, Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea
Produced by ARTIUM
With the support of Tubacex, Norbega and the Provincial Government of Alava
Catalogue of the exhibition with texts by Ángel Lertxundi, Pako Aristi, Mª José Aranzasti, Daniel Castillejo and Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea

Carmelo Ortiz de Elgea (Aretxabaleta, Alava, 1944) and José Luis Zumeta (Usurbil, 1939), exhibit in the South Gallery of ARTIUM a painstaking selection of their latest work, in a dialogue that highlights their commitment to painting, gestated in the old days of the Basque School (Elgea belonged to the Orain group and Zumeta to the Gaur group). Through 40 large format paintings, the exhibition revisits the work of two experienced artists, full of energy and faithful, in an era dominated by the new technologies, to a very expressive, intuitive, flexible type of creation, which formally and intellectually free. The exhibition will be accompanied by texts by Ángel Lertxundi, Pako Aristi, Mª José Aranzasti, in addition to those of the curators.

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