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Un segle Breu: Col·lecció MACBA

Sala 10

While identity politics continued to influence artists into the nineties, and they were still negotiating the legacies of Minimal art and its tendency to eschew the personal, they began to work with large-scale installation art and scenography in ways that, even while often referencing Minimal art, addressed intensely personal or political subject matter. Allusions to the body were frequently made through its absence, or through props, prosthetics or proxies in the form of aids for and augmentations of the body, or else via furniture or other objects that stood in for the body or body parts.

Underlying these practices was a new consciousness of history at the fin de siècle and the end of the millennium. It was marked particularly by an awareness of the violence dominating twentieth-century history, a reflection made more intense in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and thus in an era of post-Communism, and likewise, at a time marked by debates around post-colonialism.

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  • In the subsequent spaces, the exhibition addresses the Spanish Civil War through the images and propaganda of the conflict, and the advent in the post-war era of a new generation of artists who through the divergent languages of abstraction explored the tensions and scars caused by the dictatorship. ...

  • The presentation is designed to tell the history of modern and contemporary art through the particular perspectives, politics and themes developed in the MACBA Collection since its inception. It is also a history presented specifically from the perspective of Barcelona.

  • The publication The MACBA Collection. Selected works presents 193 prominent works from the museum's holdings. The MACBA Collection, shaped by the various directors and curatorial teams, and characterised by its international vision, brings together specialised works and documents dating from the ...

  • In the early nineties, Juan Muñoz began making figurative sculptural installations that were intrinsically narrative and included numerous references to the history of Western culture, and that led to the renewal of the language of contemporary sculpture. Muñoz created unsettling human figures, ...

    Data
    1994-1997
    Tipus d'obra
    Installation

    Les figures, com és habitual en les obres de Muñoz, són monocromes, d’un color gris plom. Tot i el seu gest humà, tot i el somriure, la seva manca de particularització i absència d’individualitat, així com el fet que semblen mirar dins seu i no l’espectador, són aspectes que incomoden i alhora les converteixen en universals. Muñoz opta per la provocació, per crear enigma i ironia, sorpresa i diàleg. La teatralitat i l’il·lusionisme, la narrativitat, l’estranyesa i la incomunicació de les seves figures no deixen indiferent l’observador.

  • This sculpture is comprised of metal boxes that imitate aged, archival storage containers, stacked to form a narrow corridor topped by office lamps. Each box bears a photograph depicting a man or woman, assembled by the artist from obituaries in Swiss newspapers. Boltanski has frequently created ...

    Data
    1991
    Tipus d'obra
    Installation

    «No hi ha res més normal que una persona suïssa... Per això, tots aquests morts són, senzillament, encara més aterridors. Són nosaltres.» Christian Boltanski, 1996

  • The Colombian-born Venezuelan artist Roberto Obregón created a universe of symbols within his work centred on the motif of the rose. The Niagara series occupies a prominent place among such works, comprising a sequence of rectangular compositions featuring symbols with meanings either universal, ...

    Data
    1993
    Tipus d'obra
    Installation

    Amb un significat autobiogràfic, juga amb la universalitat de símbols com el tarot, els signes del zodíac o el dibuix de les fulles d’una rosa, i la dimensió privada d’algunes imatges. La sèrie parla de la vida de l’artista, la seva infància, la relació amb la seva família i la malaltia que el va marcar sempre, el desordre bipolar. Per a l’artista suposava una crònica completa de la seva vida.

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