Oferta pública /Public Tender is certainly a major monographic exhibition by Rita McBride, but it is also a complex project involving several interrelated features and multiple agents throughout the process: from the selection of pieces and the production of the catalogue (preface by Bartomeu Marí and texts by Luis Fernández Galiano and Mark Wigley, as well as a photographic essay by the artist Anne Pöhlmann), to the Blind Dates series, which invites artists to temporarily work from, for, or around the space of McBride's Arena (a long-term loan to MACBA).
The spatial arrangement of her pieces is not an accidental or secondary matter for McBride, but rather constitutes a key part of her working process. Hence, their curation is necessarily a complex process requiring a joint effort. This conversation between Rita McBride and Bartomeu Marí – director of MACBA and curator of Oferta pública / Public Tender – will be an opportunity to talk about Rita McBride's work, and about the process of putting together this exhibition
While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating.