22 October 2021 to 27 February 2022
Meier Building Floor 2

Notes for an Eye Fire is the first in a new line of exhibitions entitled Panorama, focusing on contemporary art practices in and around Barcelona. As the “notes” of the title suggests, this group exhibition attempts to jot down, to lay out and to connect without seeking to be in any way definitive.

Notes for an Eye Fire brings together a group of specially commissioned works and recent productions being shown in Barcelona for the first time. It comprises a wide range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, video installation, performance, photography and textiles, and is driven by a desire to defend and verify the making of on-site exhibitions as experiences that envelop us as whole sensing bodies in space.

The title, borrowed from a 2020 book of poetry by Gabriel Ventura, conjures up a powerful metaphor that provokes a questioning of the dominance of vision, urging us to explore an expanded definition of seeing that engages our other senses and entails new ways of navigating the world, of remembering and of producing knowledge. 

The works in the exhibition weave together concerns and leitmotifs that have emerged from the curators’ studio visits and conversations with the art community, including the city’s self-image, notions of reparation and belonging, gender dissidence and our relationship with nonhuman life.

The circular eye takes on a life of its own in the exhibition’s imagination, in the form of projects that explore theatre or performance, the spatial relationship between stage and auditorium and the loop as narrative. Such perspectives and scales also encircle how the museum establishes a connection with its neighbourhood, and vice versa, at a time when perhaps we are all questioning and seeing afresh what our own place in the world might be.

Curated by Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna) and coordinated by Berta Cervantes.



Comissaris Hiuwai Chu i Latitudes

Hiuwai Chu

Hiuwai Chu studied anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York (1996). In 2021 she was appointed Head of Exhibitions at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA.


Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna studied critical fine art practice (1998) and history of art (2000), respectively, and met in 2002 while studying curating at the Royal College of Art, London.

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The artist has to face the unknown with a positive mood and sink his teeth in without fear.
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