The MACBA historical fonds preserves the documentation with historical value generated by MACBA through the development of its activity from its inauguration to the present. This fonds is essential to documenting the evolution of the Museum, its history, programmes and exhibitions. Also, through the design of its leaflets and posters, the museography, the uniform of its gallery attendants, its openings, the controversies, criticisms and praise, as well as its audiences, their attitudes and attire, the history of MACBA reflects an important part of the history of the city and its customs. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its foundation, the artist Enric Farrés Duran, together with the team of the Study Centre (CED), has been invited to review the Museum’s historical archive and curate an exhibition of it on the ground floor of the CED.
Sampler is a series of exhibitions in which the MACBA Archive rehearses different ways of displaying its fonds. Previous Samplers have been: #1 Documents on stage; #2 This is mail art; #3 Anti-books.
Enric Farrés Duran (Barcelona, 1983) is a graduate in Art and Design (Escola Massana, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), as well as holding a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (Universitat de Barcelona) and a master’s in Production and Artistic Research. He combines his artistic work with university teaching and independent publishing projects. His work has been seen in group shows at the MNAC (Una col·lecció heterodoxa: El llegat T. F.); at MACBA (París no se acaba nunca # Districte cinquè); at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Tres coses rares. Història d'una desaparició); with solo shows at the Centre d'Art La Panera, Lleida (Una exposició de mirar) and at the Centre d'Art Contemporani, Girona Bòlit (Res és meu). In 2015, he was funded by BCN Production to develop the project El visitant ideal d'una col·lecció sentimental (The Ideal Visitor of a Sentimental Collection), in collaboration with the Museu Frederic Marès and the Fundació La Caixa. He has also awarded the Generación 2016 Prize from the Fundación Montemadrid. In 2016, he premiered the movie Un viatge frustrat thanks to the Cal Cego contemporary art collection, and held Una exposició de dibuixos at the etHALL gallery (Barcelona), where he received the GAC-DKV award. During 2017, he held a solo exhibition at Uma Certa Falta de Coerência (Porto), did an intervention in LACA (Los Angeles) contemporary art archive, and gave a lecture on collecting and artistic practice at the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo.