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Welcome to our confinement diary
Sometimes art overtakes life. The artists in the MACBA Collection offer us experiences for distancing ourselves from the world and works that are a call to action. A typography of possible things to do during the period of confinement. Day after day, from MACBA, art will be with you.
Learning to Imagine Oneself. On pedagogies and emancipation
To create new worlds, to fight for other ways of life and to construct different social configurations, first it is necessary to imagine them. Imagination plays a crucial role in every emancipatory process. It must be exercised and put into practice as a form not only of resistance, but also of transgression; as the critical ability to connect elements apparently dispersed or distant from each other.
In the late 1940s, against the greyness of the Franco regime, the Dau al Set group set about widening Barcelona’s narrow cultural scene in an attempt to recover the Catalan artistic avant-garde of the pre-war years. This would bring together artists and intellectuals, such as the young Arnau Puig, who worked alongside Brossa, Cuixart, Ponç, Tàpies and Tharrats. He remained an important art critic, always committed to multiple cultural fronts and respected to this day.
The MACBA Collection focuses on art from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. However, it begins with selected works from the avant-garde of the 1920s to establish its central core around 1968, a date that radically transformed the paradigm of contemporary art.