Saturdays 26 September, 31 October (cancelled) and 19 December (cancelled) 2020

The end of the month Saturdays programme is focused on action art. Beginning in September, the museum has organized a series of activities in tandem with the exhibition Action. A Provisional History of the 90s, which offers an overview of Spain’s performance scene in the 1990s. The programme is led by artists included in the exhibition and others who were not active participants in the scene for reasons of generation but were nonetheless involved in some way.

*In January and February the programme will be rounded off with Blackout by Tres and Performance by Circo Interior Bruto (Gross Domestic Circus).

Free MACBA Saturday thanks to Uniqlo:
Dissabtes MACBA
Co-organised by
L'Internationale. Our many europes

Our Many Europes is a programme by the European museum confederation "L'Internationale" and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The members of L'Internationale (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Moderna Galerija (MG+msum), Ljubljana, Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands, MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie, SALT Research and programs Istanbul and Ankara, and Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid) and its partners National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin and HDK- Valand (Gothenburg University) are presenting more than 40 public activities (conferences, exhibitions,workshops) from now and until May 2022.

press - "Action: A provisional history of the 90s" exhibition views


Óscar Abril Ascaso. Low Tech-Music n.5 (pieza para plástico de polietileno alveolar), 1995 . Foto: Joan Casellas Arxiu Aire

Action music

A session focused on a revival of pieces of action music by 1990s artists as part of the ARTefACTe project.
Saturday 26 September 2020
  • Pere Lluís Pla Boixó. From the Ecorapper-Plaboixó. From “the Last-Performance” (1996) to the acronym of MEC = “Movement-Eco-Concentrologue”. 2020, 20'.
  • Jordi Mitjà. Artificial. 1996, 4'.
  • Pedro F. Bericat. Psicopompo Pontificex. 1991, 20'.
  • Quim Tarrida. Em sap molt greu, 1996, 10'.
  • Oscar Abril Ascaso. Low-Tech Music No. 5 (honeycomb polyethylene plastic piece). 1995, 30'.

ARTefACTe is a newly instituted performative cultural laboratory developed around the advancement of performative practices and studies of performativity. Among ARTefACTe’s objectives is a yearly event organized in partnership with Barcelona’s visual arts ecosystem. 
ACTION MUSIC? In September and October 2020 ARTefACTe is coordinating a pilot programme of its project ARTefACTe0, focusing on action music. ACTION MUSIC? is a programme of jointly organized activities at the city level that reflects on, revives, vindicates and updates the concept of action music as a space of osmosis between gesture and sound. ARTefACTe is an initiative of Club9 and Trànsit Projectes.

Bartolomé Ferrando. Sintaxis, 1996/2020

A session featuring poetic action and chance

CANCELLED - Saturday 31 October 2020
  • Denys Blacker. Infiltracions, 2020 (30’)
    Ways of communicating are not always obvious or clear. We understand each other in spite of the words. Infiltracions offers a conversation with the public that reveals the most intuitive and visceral layers of understanding.
  • Bartolomé Ferrando. Syntax, 1996/2020 (12’), and Cries, 2002/2020 (5’)
    Syntax is a piece based on the simultaneous crossing of two or three abstract discourses. Cries is a piece based on gestural writing.
  • Xavier Theros. Accidents polipoètics, 2020 (40’)
    Accidents polipoètics was a polypoetry duo active between 1991 and 2017, when one of the two members, Rafael Metlikovez, passed away. On this occasion we will listen to their classic poems, now recited in just one voice.
luz Broto

Performance, musical action and action

Three ways of going about things demonstrating the force of performance, musical action and action.
CANCELLED - Saturday 19 December 2020

The last month of the year our program includes three different ways of situating the body in space that demonstrate the persistence of performance art among young generations of artists. These options also offer the public three different ways to approach them and interact.

Jaume Ferrete. Voice is the new touch
“It was just a touch. I touched it. I touch the screen: I touched the screen and it is not tactile.
What a strange moment.
I thought that, by touching it, something was going to happen to me and nothing happened.
Only compressed flesh, between the finger and the screen, and finger grease leaving marks on the glass and nothing else”.

Marc Vives and Martín Vitaliti. Cover
Marc Vives and Martín Vitaliti have had somewhat parallel lives and work, with many differences, but with many connections as well. Some time ago they tried to remedy this on-stage and live, through voice, body, rhythm and what surrounded them. They thought of it as an excuse to meet and in the end they meet for other things. They intend to rehearse, but the result is always something different. Parameters are set and they roam around them in search of times that are not times, exceptional times. They are guided by shame and disgrace, basing themselves on paralanguages of tones, limps and wild gesticulation. This time they are going to do versions, a different one each day from Monday to Saturday.

Luz Broto. Back home
To sleep with the doors open, deactivate the security protocol, open the way to the unknown, assimilate the outside temperature, get lost along the way, repeal the rules of use, tighten a line between two parallel interiors, extract the locks.… Luz Broto’s work often emphasizes exploration as a tool for getting to know our surroundings, and action as a generator of experiences that begin with the individual and move towards the collective. On this occasion, she offers us a situation that aims to extend beyond the time of the session and outside the museum, in an unexpected transition between public space and private space.

If you have any question, feel free to contact us on 93 481 33 68 or by email at macba [at] macba [dot] cat.