El fet artístic, 1985

The Artistic Fact, 1985
Installation, 1 fotografia: 200 x 125 cm; 2 tires fotogràfiques: 10 x 100 cm; 1 vitrina: ?

In November 1985, the Dalí Museum in Figueres held an encounter on art and science organised by Jorge Wagensberg, who in the opening session asked a question that had a major impact on Francesc Abad: “Is chance the product of ignorance or an intrinsic right of nature?” This would incite Abad to begin a reflection on the very reality of art itself, which in Abad’s view is linked to atavistic fear, leading us on a search for the how and why. What comes first in the creative act: the gesture, the idea or the gaze? Most importantly, how do these factors relate to each other? El fet artístic unfolds as a composition of related objects, images and words around this interrogation, which rather than being a point of arrival has greater interest as a path and discursive process.

Technical details

Original title:
El fet artístic
Registration number:
Abad, Francesc
Date created:
On display
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
Gelatin silver print and C-Print on paper and vitrine with diverse elements
1 fotografia: 200 x 125 cm; 2 tires fotogràfiques: 10 x 100 cm; 1 vitrina: ? (height x width x depth)
Meier Building, Level 1, Room 10
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Counil. Gift of Rafael Tous
© Francesc Abad, VEGAP, Barcelona
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