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The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) presents the first collaborative exhibition combining works form the collections of "la Caixa" Foundation and MACBA Collection, as a result of an agreement between "la Caixa" Foundation and MACBA Foundation.

The MACBA Collection is designed to provide an organising framework for the Museum programme as a whole. Eschewing chronological and linear readings, the Collection proposes new, interrelated narratives that connect the past with the future through the present. Whilst the Collection is organised around thematic cores (critique of representation, play and pleasure, institutional critique and the media, the poetic experience, language and its capacity for expression, television, theatre, film, dance and its hybrids as languages that transform art, etc.), it also embodies a new interest in productions that use sound and the human voice as key materials in the creation of art.

Volume proposes an interpretation of the transition from the 20th to the 21st century based on a paradigm shift in the art in terms of materials, sensory aspects and programme. Questioning the clichés that identify the 80s with the supremacy of painting, the exhibition places the pre-eminence of sculpture and photography at the centre of change at the turn of the new century. Volume sees the turn of the century coincide with the consolidation of sound and the artist's own voice as the principal materials in art production today. Echoing the formal and material innovations introduced by the historic avant-gardes in the early 20th century, contemporary artistic practice has replaced the eye as the crucial sense to reinstate the hearing in a real and contingent body. Restored to his or her body, the spectator acquires a near-choreographic quality. The three-dimensional nature of the Euclidean volume (from classical physics) is replaced by the volume of sounds and voices. This change in material works profound changes on the perceptive system and on behaviour: based on the convention dominated by what is visual, we begin to narrate a multi-sensory history of art.

Curator: Bartomeu Marí. Head of the MACBA Collection: Antònia Maria Perelló. With the collaboration of Nimfa Bisbe, director of ”la Caixa” Foundation Contemporary Art Collection.
Organised and produced by: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).


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'Volume! Works from the Collections of the ”la Caixa” Exhibition views,  Foundation and MACBA' 2011-2012
'Volume! Works from the Collections of the ”la Caixa” Exhibition views,  Foundation and MACBA' 2011-2012
'Volume! Works from the Collections of the ”la Caixa” Exhibition views,  Foundation and MACBA' 2011-2012
'Volume! Works from the Collections of the ”la Caixa” Exhibition views,  Foundation and MACBA' 2011-2012
'Volume! Works from the Collections of the ”la Caixa” Exhibition views,  Foundation and MACBA' 2011-2012
'Volume! Works from the Collections of the ”la Caixa” Exhibition views,  Foundation and MACBA' 2011-2012
'Volume! Works from the Collections of the ”la Caixa” Exhibition views,  Foundation and MACBA' 2011-2012

Audios

Guided tour by Antònia M. Perelló to the Friends of MACBA to the first floor of the Museum (Available only in Spanish)
Guided tour by Antònia M. Perelló to the Friends of MACBA to the second floor of the Museum (available only in Catalan)
Guided tour by Antònia M. Perelló to the Friends of MACBA to the ground floor of the Museum (available only in Catalan)
FONS ÀUDIO #10 Ibon Aranberri
07.11.2011
FONS ÀUDIO #11 Muntadas
24.11.2011
FONS ÀUDIO #12 Kristin Oppenheim
21.12.2011
FONS ÀUDIO #14 Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny
29.02.2012
INTERRUPTIONS #7 The Beauty in Breathing
04.01.2012
Son[i]a #140
24.11.2011
The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.
Charlotte Posenenske