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El Centro de Estudios y Documentación del MACBA, cumple diez años dedicados al patrimonio documental de las prácticas artísticas contemporáneas

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'From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi', first exhibition of the MACBA Collection in the Arab world

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► Over 70 works from the MACBA Collection in dialogue with works by 20 artists from the United Arab Emirates.

► Co-curated by Ferran Barenblit and Nasser Abdullah, the exhibition opens on 1 February and is the 2018 Abu Dhabi Festival exhibition.

► It features works by Lara Almarcegui, Jordi Benito, Gego, León Ferrari, Ana Mendieta, Fina Miralles, Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Ebtisam Abdul Aziz, among others.

Part of the Abu Dhabi Festival, one of the largest celebrations of culture in the Arab World, the exhibition From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in Dialogue with the Emirates features over 70 works from the Museum’s Collection together with works by 20 artists from the United Arab Emirates. Co-curated by Ferran Barenblit, director of MACBA, and Nasser Abdullah, an Emirati curator. it will open on 1 February in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi’s cultural district, and close on 17 March. It will include parallel activities and a diverse, packed educational programme.

From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi is organised in three sections that examine the role of art in contemporaneity. The first section focuses on what defines us as humans: who we are, how we develop, how we perceive the world. The second asks what defines us as political subjects: our relationship with the social and natural environment. In the third and last section, art reflects upon itself: its capacity for transmitting knowledge; its desire to overcome its function as a representation of reality and the diversity of responses that this generates; and the creation of art’s own history.

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The MACBA Collection will be at the centre of the 2018 programme, together with Raqs Media Collective, Melanie Smith, Oscar Masotta, Jaume Plensa, Francesc Torres and Domènec

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In 2018, MACBA will take a step forward in the presentation of the Collection.

Our Collection is part of the public heritage and, after three decades in existence, is overflowing the spaces of the Museum. It contains nearly 6,000 works offering multiple readings and is open to anyone interested in discovering a continuous account of contemporary art. Over the years, the MACBA Collection has become a global referent generating narratives outside the univocal line and refusing to replicate the hegemonic imaginaries.

From October 2018, MACBA will be presenting the Collection permanently. The first floor of the Meier building will offer an account of the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A chronological journey, although not strictly linear, showing the visitor an approximation to an art in tension, relating to the events that marked the history of the convulsed twentieth century and configured contemporary society. The works will be presented in rotation, so as to offer a polyhedral vision, but also to maintain our policy of lending works to other international museum exhibitions. This is a major commitment and a qualitative leap for a Collection that has now reached maturity.

To show the Collection as the backbone of the Museum, some of the more relevant works will be shown permanently: those that can best reflect the poetic and political policies of the history of the institution, by becoming our signs of identity and a powerful referent for the public and the collective imaginary. La ola (The Wave) by Jorge Oteiza; Barcelona by Eduardo Chillida; the mural Together We Can Stop AIDS by Keith Haring; and Rinzen by Antoni Tàpies, among others, are works that would be unimaginable in a location other than MACBA. Besides these celebrated pieces, there will be alternative examples of works that have contributed to the redefinition of histories, such as Jenny Holzer’s Truisms or the work of the Guerrilla Girls. Beyond this repertoire, the selection of works that can be regarded as being part of MACBA’s identity must be widened and be permanently available, so affective links can be created between the citizens and the Collection of a public museum that preserves the art of our time.

In this sense, the quality and number of the vast and rich Fonds of the MACBA Collection will allow us to show not only a chronology of the arts, but will also make it possible (if not compulsory) to permeate the Museum’s publications and education programme, and to establish a dialogue with the exhibitions.

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MACBA presents the first major retrospective of Rosemarie Castoro

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Title: Rosemarie Castoro. Focus at Infinity Opening: Thursday, 9 November 2017, at 7.30 pm Dates: 10 November 2017 to 15 April 2018 Organisation and production: MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona Curator: Tanya Barson

Rosemarie Castoro (New York, 1939–2015) was a key artist who was constantly experimenting. Castoro developed her work in the Minimalist, post-Minimalist and Conceptual context in the United States and was part of the New York avant-garde circle of the sixties and seventies, alongside Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin, among others. Under the title Focus at Infinity, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents the first major institutional retrospective of the artist worldwide, curated by MACBA’s Chief Curator, Tanya Barson. The exhibition shows the exceptional contribution made by Castoro in the areas of painting, language and performance, and demonstrates how some key figures of Minimalism, especially women artists, have not received the attention they deserve. In the words of Lucy Lippard, who included her works in the exhibitions 557,087 at the Seattle Art Museum (1969) and 955,000 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1970), Castoro ‘subverted minimalism on its own turf’.

Rosemarie Castoro. Focus at Infinity brings together 250 works, most of them from New York (from Broadway 1602, Hal Bromm Gallery and MoMA, as well as private lenders), along with a wealth of unpublished documentation, such as her personal journals, exhibited here for the first time. This ‘paintersculptor’, as Castoro called herself, began her career in the field of graphic art but soon became interested in dance, from which she acquired the conception of space, later turning to painting and then sculpture. She also participated actively in the Art Workers' Coalition and was drawn to feminism, although she refused any deep involvement, considering it too restrictive and a form of ‘segregation’. Focusing on the period 1964–79, the exhibition includes abstract painting, Conceptual art, performative actions, poetry, sculpture, installations and land art, thus demonstrating the diversity of her artistic practice.

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La Colección MACBA se muestra Bajo la superficie

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Colección MACBA. Bajo la superficie presenta 41 obras de 24 artistas que indagan en la noción de superficie como lugar privilegiado de experimentación y de sentido.

► Ignasi Aballí, Antoni Tàpies, Jean Dubuffet, Perejaume, Lucio Fontana, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth, Art & Language, Dora García, Ángela de la Cruz, Karla Black, Derek Jarman, James Lee Byars, Charlotte Posenenske o Michelangelo Pistoletto son algunos de los artistas presentes en la exposición.

La reflexión en torno a la superficie, su condición matérica y la expansión del campo pictórico ocupan un lugar significativo en las prácticas artísticas contemporáneas y constituyen el núcleo de esta exposición. A través de 41 obras de 24 artistas de todo el mundo, Colección MACBA. Bajo la superficie se plantea el siguiente interrogante: ¿de qué forma los géneros como la pintura y la escultura han sido alterados y dilatados hasta lograr que la propia materia se construya como mensaje crítico?

Gran parte de las obras de esta muestra, comisariada por Antònia Maria Perelló, exploran las prácticas posminimalistas incorporando el contenido crítico que estas aportaron al lenguaje de la abstracción. El primer ámbito reúne trabajos de Ignasi Aballí, Antoni Tàpies, Lucio Fontana, Karla Black o Art & Language que cuestionan el lenguaje y la dialéctica de la superficie. A partir de su deconstrucción, se subvierte y se niega la pintura transformándola en acción performática, conceptual o antirrepresentacional, por lo que es posible llegar a destruirla o hacerla desaparecer.

Los siguientes ámbitos exploran las transiciones del plano pictórico al espacio, con obras que privilegian el volumen, como las estructuras celulares de Absalon o las indagaciones de ascendencia minimalista de Charlotte Posenenske y Rita McBride, entre otros. Cierra la exposición la obra de Michelangelo Pistoletto Architettura dello Specchio (1990), un espejo de gran tamaño dividido en cuatro partes y enmarcado con madera dorada. Este trabajo nos recuerda la paradoja de la superficie reflectante: aunque nos devuelve todas las imágenes posibles, su materialidad «transparente» es engañosamente intangible.

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Brossa Poetry, at MACBA

► A survey of Joan Brossa’s complete oeuvre based on orality, the performative and anti-poetry, bringing together 800 works and abundant documentation, from his early books to his final visual experiments, as well as theatre, cinema and action art.

► The exhibition includes case studies and a visual recapitulation of his exhibitions from the 1980s, while placing Brossa’s production in dialogue with the work of Marcel Mariën, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Nicanor Parra, as well as including his collaborations with Miró, Tàpies, Portabella, Mestres Quadreny and Carles Santos.

► The poetry of Joan Brossa embraces actions, images and objects, so one of the challenges facing this exhibition is to link the oral and the performative to the conventions of the museum. For that reason, a group of performers will interpret the work of Brossa in the galleries during the exhibition.

► Curated by Teresa Grandas and Pedro G. Romero, the exhibition has been produced in collaboration with the Fundació Joan Brossa, making possible the inclusion of a vast selection of documentation, and with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the IRL Institut Ramon Llull.

Title: Brossa Poetry Opening: Wednesday 20 September 2017, at 7.30 pm Dates: 21 September 2017 to 25 February 2018 Organisation and production: MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona Curated by: Teresa Grandas and Pedro G. Romero

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