Exhibition

A Theater without Theater

25 May to 11 Sep. 2007

Bruce Nauman “Piece in Which One Can Stand”, 1966

Bruce Nauman “Piece in Which One Can Stand”, 1966

  • Fecha:
    16 Nov. 2007 - 17 Feb. 2008
    Lugar:
    Museu Berardo de Lisboa

A Theater without Theater explored the ways in which the notion of theatre has transformed our perception of artistic practice and given the subject-spectator new stages for critical reflection and insurrection.

In the early twentieth century, the theoretical reformulations of playwrights and directors such as Vsevolod Meyerhold, Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, Tadeusz Kantor and Jerzy Grotowski set up a prolific dialogue with some avant-garde movements (Dada, Futurism and Constructivism). This dialogue culminated in the mid-sixties, when theatre and theatricality came to be at the centre of artistic debate. Challenging the precepts based on the purity of artistic categories defended by art critics like Clement Greenberg and Michael Fried, time put down roots in the heart of artistic experience and artworks became events that can only be activated by the direct participation of spectators. Action, narration and orality took on a decisive role, and through them the artwork became profoundly discursive in nature. High and low culture merged into one, and the streets were conquered as a space of representation in which the boundaries between art and life evaporated and artistic forms recovered their capacity for political intervention.

The exhibition brought together over six hundred works, including paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs, videos, books, manuscripts and other documents.

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Data inici:
From 20 Mar.
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to 30 May 2007
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MACBA
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From 21 June
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to 26 July 2007
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