E la forma, 1979

And the Form, 1979
Installation, Variable dimensions

For this installation, Àngels Ribé picks up on a short phrase from the Book of Marvels, by Ramon Llull: “E la forma és acció, i el contingut passió” [And the form is action, the content passion]. For this artist, form is the vehicle for understanding a work and leads (although never univocally) to content. When E la forma was presented in the b5-125 art space of the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1979, it was shown in a darkened gallery. As the artist herself has explained: “There was a single window covered over by a transparent photograph that showed an image of me running with an open book in my hands, the pages blank. The gallery pointed south and the sun entered the space through the photo.... Later, the window was substituted by a light box.” In the first version of this exhibition, the music of The Rolling Stones, played on the violin by Pere Josep Puértolas, resonated in the space.

Technical details

Original title:
E la forma
Registration number:
Ribé, Àngels
Date created:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
Lightbox, wooden cube, bonze letters and sound. Photographer: JUMA; violinist: Pere Josep Puértolas
Variable dimensions
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
© Àngels Ribé
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