Archaeology of engagement
In 2001, MACBA invited the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn (Bern, 1957) to create a work specifically for the Museum. The result was Archaeology of Engagement, a huge installation that remained on display in the Museum lobby for four months, simulating an archaeological site in the midst of the excavation process. These excavations were intended to disinter the philosophical, political, artistic and spiritual commitments that remain buried in our individual and collective consciousness.
Hirschhorn’s work can be described as the formal expression of his personal commitment in the form of large-scale ephemeral installations made out of poor materials and an original aesthetic of precariousness. For this work, the artist collaborated with the French writer Jean-Charles Massera, who produced 35 texts that merge fiction, history and politics in a series of narratives that ran parallel to those of the installation.