March 28, 2005 - MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon - Emergencies
March 28, 2005


Alfredo Jaar, Emergency, 1998.Installation consisting of a metallic pool with water and a fibreglass model. 750 x 700 x 90 cm. 

opens on April 1

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon
Avda. de los Reyes Leoneses, 24.
24008 Leon – España
T +34 987 09 00 00
F +34 987 09 11 11

MUSAC, a determined and challenging bet on 21st Century Art, will open on April 1 st, 2005 in the city of León with the project, Emergencies. This inaugural project is composed of a collective exhibition of works from the MUSAC Collection, the presentation of its first part through a catalogue raisson and the parallel project, Channel *Gitano, by the artist, Antoni Abad. At the same time, the programme of the project room, Laboratorio 987 will be inaugurated with the exhibit, Hot or Not by Silvia Prada and the Showcase Project with an intervention by Daniel Verbis.

A Museum of the Present

This ambitious museum project intends to develop a new behaviour when approaching and exhibiting art of the 21st Century. Its collection, that now gathers over 900 works, is centered on the last few years of the 20th Century and the start of the 21st, with the oldest work dating back from 1992. Exhibitions of its works, workshops, talks, meetings with artists, educational guides and interactive pieces are some of the indispensable elements in the dynamic of MUSAC, which will become a new museum reference in the present panorama of contemporary art. In the same way, an experimental character upon conceiving and developing projects and initiatives will mark all interactions of MUSAC with its surroundings.

Opening Project: Emergencies
Emergencies, opening project of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon -an iniatiative of the Junta de Castilla y Leon- is not only a public presentation of a part of the MUSAC Collection. It seeks to call attention to the problems that face society such as immigration, environmental deterioration or discrimination. In Emergencias/ TheExhibit, 54 artists of all nationalities converse with these themes from diverse stands: from the mere evidence of realities, establishment of utopias or evasion. The project, Emergencies, also includes a book-catalogue with analytical texts of experts and artists and the re-edition of the publication, Emergency, as well as the parallel project Channel *GITANO, by the artist, Antoni Abad.
Participating Artists in Emergencies:

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Pilar Albarracin, Alexander Apostol, Shoja Azari, Sergio Belinchon, Mira Bernabeu, Marc Bijl, Daniele Buetti, Mujeres Creando, Luc Delahaye, Olafur Eliasson, Sandra Gamarra, Carmela Garcia, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Kirsten Geisler, Ruth Gomez, Pierre Gonnord, Paul Graham, Andreas Gursky, Chus Gutierrez, Thomas Hirschhorn, Alfredo Jaar, Francesco Jodice, Isaac Julien, Immo Klink, Valeriano Lopez, Rogelio Lopez Cuenca, Jorge Macchi, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gilda Mantilla, Angel Marcos, Enrique Marty, Boris Mikhailov, Tracey Moffat, Julia Montilla + Juande Jarillo, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Multiplicity, Marina Nunez, Toni Oursler, Sven Pahlsson, El Perro, Jorge Pineda, Marjetica Potrc, Simeon Saiz, Anri Sala, Pepo Salazar, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Martin Sastre, Corina Schnitt, Allan Sekula, Yinka Shonibare, Trine Sondergaard, Superflex and Joana Vasconcelos.

MUSAC Programme

September to December 2005

Dora Garcia

Shirin Neshat

Sujeto (Subject)

December to March 2006

Pipilotti Rist

Enrique Marty

Fusion: aspects of the Asian culture trough the MUSAC Collection

Laboratorio 987

Laboratorio 987 was established with the aim of offering an area for exchange and communication in which the different proposals considered are characterized by risk, nerve and radical expressiveness. This is an adjoining space that will operate separately from the general programme of MUSAC. Tania Pardo is the curator and responsible for the programme of Laboratorio 987 for 2005-2006. Laboratorio 987 will also inaugurate its programme on April 2005 with the project, Hot or Not by Silvia Prada (Ponferrada, 1969).

Laboratorio 987, Upcoming exhibitions

Silvia Prada / April – May 2005

The work of Silvia Prada encompasses a cumulus of references and reflections about current iconic myths and youth culture rooted in globalized and capitalist societies. She offers a world based on media bombardments and above all, in MTV videoclips, trendy magazines and other sub-genres of youth culture. Her illustrations, done with graphite, show a gallery of celebrities taken from the world of television, pornography or comics, from Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears or Jennifer Lopez, up to the photographer, Richardson.

Showcase Project: Daniel G. Verbis

The Leonese artist, Daniel G. Verbis (Leon, Spain, 1968), with his installation for the two extensive glass cases of the entrance lobby, inaugurates the Showcase Project MUSAC. This project stems from the idea of understanding these two visible and ample spaces of the entrance of the museum as another project room where artists of all disciplines and confines will be invited to undertake specific projects. For this first project of the opening of the museum, Daniel G. Verbis will make an intervention where the architectural character of the building will be left evident in geometric and pictorial compositions without painting, in the closest sense of the word, being present. A performance that plays with the current parameters of space, of the building and the project in itself.

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