Exhibition

On the Margins of Art

Creation and Political Engagement

"Voter contre [le] capital ne suffit pas", Paris, 1968

  • Fecha:
    10 July - 08 Nov. 2009
    Lugar:
    CED

This exhibition curated by Guy Schraenen for MACBA Study Center assembled around 230 magazines, books, pamphlets, postcards and other print materials produced by artists who placed their creative capacity at the service of political and social struggles. The connection between art and politics can probably be traced back to the origins of art, but the fusion of theory, activism and artistic creation really came into its own and began to play a key role in the twentieth century, more specifically in the period between 1960 and 1980.

A radically creative use of language – in visual as well as semantic terms –, striking images and powerful slogans, the appropriation of the language and strategies of popular culture, and the precarious means of production and distribution are some of the characteristics shared by these types of documents.

With German artist Ferdinand Kriwet's Campaign (1973) playing in the background, the exhibition kicked off with two surrealist Tracts from 1933 and 1936 and continued with works by some 150 artists and collectives, including Joseph Beuys, Mirtha Dermisache, Antonio Dias, Alfredo Jaar, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Víctor Mira, Miralda, Muntadas, Mauricio Nannuci, Joan Rabascall, Ben Vautier and Edgardo Antonio Vigo, Art in Ruins, Guerrilla Girls and Provo.

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