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Takis

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► Much of his artistic career and activity was focused in Paris, London and New York, as well as Athens, between 1950 and 1970, and then in Athens. This exhibition will be the first solo presentation of his work in Barcelona.

► Takis was one of the pioneers of advanced, experimental art in the 1960s and in particular his work investigated the relation between artistic, scientific and philosophical research, He became an innovator in incorporating natural forces into his work, most centrally magnetism, light and electricity, in sculptures and paintings as well as in performances. Similarly, he moved from figuration to work that was more closely allied to experimental abstraction.

► The exhibition features a significant documentary section referring to Takis’s relationship to the Signals gallery and publication, to MIT, AWC and other radical spaces, galleries and groups at the time. In 1968 he was among the first artists invited to the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, founded by György Kepes at MIT; and in 1969, his removal of one of his works of art from the Museum of Modern Art in New York was the catalyst for the creation of the activist group, the Art Workers Coalition (AWC).

► Some Takis’s works were showed the year 2000 at MACBA in the exhibition Force Fields curated by Guy Brett

Title: TAKIS Opening: Thursday 21 november 2019 at 07.30 p.m-. Dates: from 22 november 2019 to 19 april 2020. Organized by: Tate Modern MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens Curated by: Guy Brett (critic and independent curator), Michael Wellen (Curator of International Art, Tate) and Teresa Grandas (Curator, MACBA).

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Propuesta de ampliación aprobada por el Consejo General (in Spanish)

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Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress

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► The exhibition is the first major monographic exhibition devoted to the German artist in Spain. After being presented at Dia:Beacon in New York, the MACBA will be the first stop on its European tour (from 18 October 2019 to 8 March 2020).

► Using construction materials, serial repetition and industrial manufacturing, Posenenske developed a form of mass-produced minimalism that responded to the social concerns contained in her MANIFESTO published in 1968.

► The exhibition brings together her first drawings and paintings, her aluminium reliefs and her last and best-known modular sculptures. The MACBA show includes a new production, Drehflügel Series E, a work based on drawings by the artist never produced over her lifetime.

► This retrospective is the most comprehensive exploration of Posenenske’s work since her death and recovers the artist’s legacy as a critical and prescient voice within contemporary art.

Title: Charlotte Posenenske. Work in Progress
Dates: from 18 October 2019 to 8 March 2020. Organized by: Dia Art Foundation. The European tour of the exhibition is organized in collaboration with: MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf) and Mudam – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg). Curators: Jessica Morgan (director, Dia Art Foundation) and Alexis Lowry (curator, Dia Art Foundation). MACBA exhibition curated by Hiuwai Chu.

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Announcement by the employees of MACBA in response to the sentence against the Catalan Independence Movement

15/10/2019

The MACBA team supports the statements of rejection and indignation published so far in response to the sentence against the Catalan Independence Movement.

Without freedom there is no culture or democracy. And, once again, these basic rights are under threat. We defend the right to dissidence and the peaceful resolution of conflict through dialogue.

We would like to express our support and solidarity with those who are unjustly deprived of their freedom and their families.

The employees of MACBA

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Autumm 2019

Exhibitions Autumm 2019

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MACBA opens its new cocktail bar& café

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► The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona inaugurates its
new cocktail bar & café
.

► The cocktail bar & café will be open to the public from Thursday, 18 July at 6 pm.

► The architectural intervention has been carried out by
Llamazares Pomés Arquitectes and the new service is managed
by Chichalimoná.

Barcelona, 17 July 2019.- MACBA presents the MACBA CAFÈ, a new space open to
both Museum visitors and anyone passing through the neighbourhood. Accessible from
Plaça dels Àngels, this gastronomic cocktail bar & café adds a warm touch to the
whiteness of MACBA’s emblematic Meier Building, with a cosy and comfortable
atmosphere.

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Undefined Territories: Perspective on Colonial Legacies

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Undefined Territories is a reflection on the notion of territory in an expanded sense of the term. It goes beyond the mere geographical to encompass questions of identity, culture, history and time, within the framework of colonial legacy.

► Through works by artists from diverse geographies and diasporas, the exhibition articulates the enduring imprint of the colonial repression and disenfranchisement of native populations. Colonisation was not only territorial and economic, but also cultural through the imposition of structures of knowledge and modes of representation

► The evocation of memory and revision of historical narratives attest to how structures that were imposed centuries ago established the paradigms by which we continue to abide today.

► Artists include: Maria Thereza Alves, Lothar Baumgarten, Black Audio Film Collective, Alán Carrasco, Mariana Castillo Deball, Sandra Gamarra, Jeffrey Gibson, Maryam Jafri, Kapwani Kiwanga, Naeem Mohaiemen, Daniela Ortiz and Xose Quiroga, The Otolith Group, Pala Pothupitiye, Superflex, Munem Wasif and Dana Whabira

► A centrepiece of the exhibition is Naeem Mohaiemen’s (b.1969) acclaimed film Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017), which meticulously weaves together both archival footage and new shots with the narration of historian Vijay Prashad (b. 1967), to articulate the momentum and solidarity of the NAM’s leftist ideologies and unravel the complexities behind its unfortunate failure.

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A DIY (Do it Yourself) Archive

‘A DIY Archive’ is an archive of publications by collectives, associations, self-managed feminist and/or queer groups around the relationship between music and drawing. It starts with the influence of the Riot Grrrl activist feminist movement that emerged in the nineties in Olympia (USA) and its translation here (a difficult ‘here’ to define, but one that embraces the places where it took place like Barcelona, Mexico city, Bilbao y Murcia). ‘A DIY Archive: a feminist-queer fanzinotheque’ (2016) is also a research project that took the form of a doctoral thesis by María Ángeles Alcántara Sánchez (Gelen Jeleton).

The project participates in an activist/artivist academicism that from artistic practice proposes a ‘conscious doing’ through the exercise of ‘archiving’, starting with self-publishing and self-management.

The exhibition aims to provide a space for experimentation in which to think how to display fanzines through the production of different devices that generate minifanzinotheques (like the cyborgrrrrrl-theque, the Zapatista seedbed). The exhibition turns a personal archive into a collective one.

Dates: from 27 April to 10 September 2019
Curated by: Gelen Jeleton
Venue: CED grounf floor (Plaça dels Àngels)

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Christian Marclay: Compositions

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This exhibition is the first for over a decade in Spain devoted to the Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay (b. 1955).

► This exhibition examines Marclay’s work through his engagement with composition, understood as the ordering of sounds in time and space.

► The exhibition addresses Marclay’s concern with composition through his recourse to popular culture and mass media, together with his exploration of both traditional and digital technologies, and their material qualities.

► While Marclay has produced video, sculpture, sound recording and performance, as well as text work, graphic scores, collages and prints, this exhibition includes some of his recent audio-visual installations, alongside a select number of his earlier pieces.

The interactive installation Chalkboard (2010) invites the audience to mark an architecturally-scaled chalkboard ruled with musical staff lines, which is then interpreted by musicians in a series of concerts scheduled during the exhibition.

► On the occasion of the Day and Night of the Museums the scores Zoom Zoom (2007–2019) and Manga Scroll (2010) will also be activated, with the participation of the vocal artist Shelley Hirsch. And, coinciding with Sónar, Marclay will participate in a talk at Sónar+D on 18 July. The next day ten pianists will perform his latest score, Investigations (2018).

Title: Christian Marclay: Compositions Opening: 11 April 2019 Dates: 12 April – 24 September 2019 Organisation: MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Curator: Tanya Barson
With the support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

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El MACBA presenta Allez! Encuentro sobre prácticas ambulantes y museos dispersos

Descarga aquí la nota de prensa de Allez! En la plaza y el dosier con el programa completo de Allez!

Allez! Encuentro sobre prácticas ambulantes y museos dispersos parte del deseo de generar un espacio de reflexión y experimentación en torno a recursos didácticos móviles que favorecen la educación en las artes. Desde maletas, kits y cajas pedagógicas a museos, bibliotecas y cines ambulantes, propuestas todas ellas vinculadas con la tradición del arte postal o roulottes-estudio de grabación, todas ellas iniciativas institucionales o autogestionadas que buscan mutar el territorio e investigan otras formas de relacionalidad, no solo ante el hecho artístico sino también en los contextos en los que se producen.

El programa se articulará a partir de varias propuestas:

► Por un lado, un encuentro de proyectos con mesas de trabajo con el objeto de reflexionar sobre algunos de los aspectos que configuran estas prácticas, desde las motivaciones a su sostenibilidad, autonomía o evaluación; el encuentro contará con un espacio permanente abierto donde se generarán dinámicas de mediación para compartir experiencias y proyectos.

► En segundo lugar, talleres con diferentes artistas y colectivos sobre la construcción de artefactos móviles, la elaboración de protocolos de artista, la mediación itinerante, así como la experimentación en el desarrollo de proyectos digitales desde lo analógico.

► En tercer lugar, un seminario con una conferencia y dos mesas redondas en torno a la agencia de estas prácticas, la educación expandida y la posibilidad de imaginar prácticas institucionales que estén más allá de entender la escuela como público masa.

► Por último, se celebrará Allez! En la plaza, una jornada pública y festiva con la presencia y activación de algunos artefactos (cine, talleres…).

Más información en allez.macba.cat

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