Out of Reserves Contemporary art in schools
Out of Reserves is a temporary hosting programme in public schools for works from the city’s contemporary art collection, created by current artists in Barcelona.
Sourced from the municipally owned artwork collection, a large part of the pieces were acquired using the COVID-19 Fund from 2020. The project, which includes the installation and exhibition of the works in secondary and primary schools, recognises these educational centres as exhibition spaces and an extension of the institution-museum itself. Out of Reserves will assist in developing various public, educational and mediation programmes, making visible the specialised work that exists within a museum, through the participation of artists, professionals from the institution, the educational community of each participating school, as well as its immediate surroundings. Out of Reserves will be rolled out throughout an entire school year and is coordinated by the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, the Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona and MACBA.
The pilot edition of Out of Reserves is being held during the 2022-2023 school year in a primary and secondary school in Barcelona: Escola Ramon Casas (La Marina, Sants-Montjuïc) and Institut Anna Gironella de Mundet (Horta-Guinardó). These are educational centres selected by the Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona and the programme’s management team. The works In the Basket, by Isabel Banal, and High Five Zara composition01.ai (The Poignant), by Rubén Grilo, are the articulating nucleus and catalyst of a work process that will promote new situations of learning, encourage a natural coexistence with our heritage and activate the entire educational community. To make this possible, and to establish a natural dialogue with the MACBA collection, a curatorial discourse has been placed at the centre, using the idea of the body as a representation of the commodification of being, and the way in which this presence is inserted within a fierce capitalist and neo-capitalist culture.