To the Supporting Actors
Exhibition

To the Supporting Actors

Pep Agut. Als actors secundaris. Foto: Miquel Bargalló

This exhibition could be described as a false retrospective, given that it presented a set of works specifically created by Pep Agut (Terrassa, 1961) for MACBA based on projects that he himself had conceived in the previous decade but never produced.
In short, it was Agut’s critical response to the notion of “anthological exhibitions” that are usually considered an homage and a revision of a closed or completed career.

The exhibition revolved around a reinterpretation of the roles and functions traditionally attributed to artists, audiences, systems of representation and museum institutions. And the “supporting actors” that the title referred to were none other than the members of that anonymous mass that we call “the public” and that Agut considers to be the true backbone of the artistic experience because they activate and enable the dialogue that all artworks require.

This project was Pep Agut´s critical response to the notion of the retrospective exhibition. With a title derived from the film Der Stand der Dinge (The State of Things, 1983) by the German director Wim Wenders, the show was structured as a false retrospective which apparently brought together the most significant works of his artistic output over the last decade. In this case, however, the ultimate material result of this process of collaboration between the artist and the museum crystallized in a series of “works” created specifically for the occasion. In the light of this, it can be said that the museum was exhibiting the testimony of a past that not even the artist himself had ever seen in material form.

dates
24 March 2000 – 28 May 2000
title
To the Supporting Actors
artist
Pep Agut
Terrassa
1961
After studying Fine Arts at the Universitat de Barcelona, and following several stays in Cologne and Paris, Pep Agut now lives and works between Barcelona and Terrassa. Influenced by his studies in art and photography, he developed an interest in the limits and possibilities of representation and in the place of art and the artist. Employing a wide variety of techniques, he brings into play the relationship between reality and representation, between language and meaning, and between the image and the gaze. With paintings that become a story, canvases that incorporate texts, painted canvases that build into architecture and actions in which the artist becomes a conjurer, his work can be seen as a critique around the notions of creation, silence and waiting, emptiness and nothingness. Solo exhibitions include: FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier (1997), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1993), MACBA, Barcelona (2000), the Velan Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2002) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2021), among others. He has participated in exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (1993); Shirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (1996); Sydney Biennale (1998); and Art Unlimited, Basel (2004). Collections include: Museu Jaume Morera, Lleida; Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona; and MACBA, Barcelona.
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