October 4, 2006 - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - MACBA COLLECTION
October 4, 2006


KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO If You See Something…, 2005
Video installation. Ed. 1/3
MACBA Collection. Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona Foundation.
Gift of Comsa.

Exhibition dates: from 22 September to 27 November 2006

Produced by MACBA, Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona, and curated by Manuel J. Borja-Villel.

MACBA, Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona
Plaça dels Angels, 1
08001 Barcelona, Spain


From the mid-sixties to the end of the seventies, the profound transformations that took place in our society brought with them a change in paradigm. While the basic element that had constituted our system of perception and understanding until that time had been vision, from the eighties this was gradually replaced by recognition of the linguistic structure of artistic production. Vision, or optical perception, had guaranteed modernity the autonomy of artistic species, the search for their specific nature and the cancellation of any kind of otherness; but the change of paradigm re-introduced narrative, figuration and theatricality, transforming the spectator into an agent and treating the subject as a structural element of the piece. In other words, room was made for the other that would no longer be hijacked by that universal vision required until then by modernity.

This change also led to art no longer being considered a mere object but rather something to be appreciated as an institution, with the consequent recognition of its discursive nature and of the possibility that elements not necessarily artistic (such as gender and social issues) could be considered an area for intervention. In short, the diversity of time replaced the uniformity of space.

Some of the works and artists included in this new presentation already formed part of MACBA collections, but there have also been a huge number of new acquisitions in 2006 through purchases made by the MACBA Foundation, deposits and donations. The novelties presented this year in the MACBA Collection are intended to demonstrate this change in paradigm through works by Chantal Akerman, Eugènia Balcells, John Baldessari, Stanley Brouwn, James Coleman, Öyvind Fahlström, Dan Graham, Joaquim Jordà, Antoni Llena, Anish Kapoor, Mike Kelley, Cildo Meireles, Mario Merz, Herminio Molero, Juan Muñoz, Raimundo Patiño, Cierna Pavlina Fichta, Manolo Quejido, Jo Spence o Krzystof Wodiczko. The exhibition also presents artists who, from a position in current artistic production, continue to expand upon those ideas that led to the change in paradigm, namely Maja Bajevic, Danica Dakic, Tacita Dean and Gabriel Orozco, among others.
galería cadaqués.
works from the bombelli collection
Exhibition dates: from 22 September to 27 November 2006
Produced by MACBA, Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona, and curated by Roland Groenenboom.

Throughout the twentieth century, Cadaqués attracted avant-garde artists and other intellectuals who spent their summers there. Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Richard Hamilton and Dieter Roth, among others, spent long periods of time in the Costa Brava town.

Lanfranco Bombelli, an artist and architect of Italian origin, opened the Galería Cadaqués in 1973 and in this context of the avant-garde. In the seventies and eighties the gallery was of great importance in Catalonia as an initiator, producer and promoter of the art of the time, and initiated not only temporary exhibitions, such as the collaborative works executed by Richard Hamilton and Dieter Roth in Cadaqués in 1976 and 1977, but also in situ works related to Cadaqués, such as the project Cadaqués, Canal Local (1974) by Muntadas and the action Flauta i trampolí (1981) by Antoni Miralda.

Through key works of its founders collection, the exhibition summarises and reviews those years of activity and analyses the importance of the gallery in the context of Cadaqués as a peripheral nucleus of the twentieth-century avant-gardes.

The exhibition, that forms part of the MACBA Collection, stresses the relations between this collection and the programme of the Galería Cadaqués, which, among its heterogeneous activities, deployed four artistic lines: constructivism (especially Swiss concrete art), pop art, the avant-gardes of the sixties and seventies, and local artists, represented by Catalan abstract painting and the new tendencies in Catalonia of the seventies and eighties.

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