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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…).

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2019 EXHIBITIONS

Barcelona, 18 February 2019. Ferran Barenblit Director, Tanya Barson, Chief Curator, and Pablo Martínez, Head of Programmes, have presented the exhibitions and the public programmes intended for 2019.

Christian Marclay: Compositions (12 April. – 24 September)
Curated by Tanya Barson, this exhibition will be the first for over a decade in Spain devoted to the Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay, and will include a selection focusing on his sonic compositions, from graphic scores to video installations. Central to the exhibition will be major video works, the masterpiece Video Quartet (2002) and the immersive installation Surround Sounds (2014–15), which is perhaps the climax of his investigation of onomatopoeia, and Chalkboard (2010), which invites the audience to mark an architecturally-scaled chalkboard.

Undefined Territories: Reflections on Postcolonialism (17 May – 20 October)
Curated by Hiuwai Chu, MACBA Curator – brings together Maria Thereza Alves, Lothar Baumgarten, Black Audio Film Collective, Mariana Castillo Deball, Sandra Gamarra, Jeffrey Gibson, Kapwani Kiwanga, Naeem Mohaiemen, Daniela Ortiz, The Otolith Group, Pala Pothupitiye, Superflex, Munem Wasif and Dana Whabira. At the centre of the exhibition is Naeem Mohaiemen’s 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. Other works in the exhibition look further back from this historic moment to address the imprint of colonial repression and dispossession. The exhibition also points to the challenges of independence and the postcolonial condition.

Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress
Curated by Guy Brett (critic and independent curator), Michael Wellen (Curator of International Art, Tate) and Teresa Grandas (Curator, MACBA), the exhibition brings together Posenenske’s first drawings and paintings (her earliest experiments with mark making), aluminium wall-reliefs, and her last and best-known modular sculptures. The exhibition will be the first major presentation dedicated to the German artist to be held in Spain. It is on view at Dia:Beacon (USA) from 8 March to 9 September 2019, before embarking on a European tour to MACBA (18 October 2019 – ( March 2020)

Takis (22 November 2019 – 19 April 2020)
The Greek artist Takis (Panagiotis Vassilakis) pioneered new artforms using magnetism, light and sound. This exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. The exhibition will be the first solo presentation of his work in Barcelona, curated by Guy Brett (critic and independent curator), Michael Wellen (Curator of International Art, Tate) and Teresa Grandas (Curator, MACBA). Sound, light, electrical and magnetic energy are the main elements of a rich and very personal language, which is presented through a selection of the most significant works of his career.

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Informació sobre la presentació de les propostes alternatives presentades a la comissió delegada del MACBA

El MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, informa que han estat rebudes i presentades les quatre alternatives de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona en relació a l’ampliació del museu actualment prevista a la capella de la Misericòrdia, en la comissió extraordinària del Consell celebrada avui divendres 8 de febrer del 2019.

La comissió valora positivament la presentació d’aquestes alternatives per bé que cada una de les propostes d’ampliació presenten tant elements a favor com en contra que mereixen un estudi en profunditat. A la informació estrictament descriptiva de les quatre propostes es requerirà la documentació acreditativa de projecte, amb la informació econòmica i tècnica corresponent. Serà així que una vegada rebuts i després que hagin estat degudament estudiades i valorades el MACBA es compromet a emetre’n l’opinió i les consideracions pertinents.

Amb aquest motiu la comissió delegada proposa la creació d’un grup de treball format per tècnics representants de cada un dels ens consorciats per tal de confeccionar-ne l’estudi tècnic.

D’aquesta documentació presentada se’n derivarà l’estudi que confirmi la seva viabilitat així com la valoració final d’alguna/es d’elles. El MACBA considerarà les alternatives que acompleixin les condicions prèvies quant a projecte museològic, seguretat jurídica i suports econòmics, tal com es contemplen a dia d’avui amb el projecte d’ampliació del museu a la capella de la Misericòrdia.

Barcelona, 8 de febrer del 2019

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El MACBA ha recibido 331.694 visitantes el 2018

► El 41% del total es público local, un porcentaje que se consolida y amplía.
► El incremento de visitantes coincide con la presentación de la nueva propuesta de la colección “Un siglo breve” y con la buena acogida de los “Sábados MACBA”

Barcelona, 2 de Enero de 2019- El 2018 el MACBA ha sido visitado por 72.015 visitantes más que en 2017, un 27’73 % más. Durante este año ha crecido la afluencia de público al Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona que ha recibido 331.694 visitantes a sus exposiciones y actividades.

Las exposiciones de Melanie Smith y la nueva lectura de la colección MACBA “Un siglo breve” han recibido 71.428 y 77.691 visitantes respectivamente.

La exposición dedicada al artista Jaume Plensa, abierta al público des del día uno de diciembre, ha recibido durante el primer mes 31.542 visitantes.

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MACBA expands and consolidates ACCESSIBILITY

► MACBA presents the recent improvements made to its accessibility programme, which has been consolidated in 2018 thanks to the support of Fundación Repsol, and which will continue in the future with projects that aim to expand its reach to a greater number of visitors and to integrate a wider public in an inclusive and participatory way.

► Accessibility resources have been extended in 2018 to incorporate the training of gallery and education staff, as well as the presence of a permanent accessibility technician on the Museum team.

► With the aim of integrating a greater diversity of publics, the accessibility programme is expanding its target groups: people with visual and auditory disabilities as well as groups with intellectual disabilities or mental illness.

► Improvements to accessibility have been deployed throughout the Museum. These are consolidated in the presentation of the permanent exhibition of the Collection, and are extended to temporary exhibitions and some of the public programmes, including MACBA for Families and the working group Res a veure.

► A new initiative this year are the current research projects with collectives with functional diversity on specific artistic themes and disciplines.

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El MACBA presenta la exposición ANARCHIVO SIDA

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MACBA presents 'Jaume Plensa'

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► Featuring works from the late 1980s to the present, the exhibition Jaume Plensa takes us on a journey showing the dialogue that takes place between the representation of the human figure and abstraction.

► The exhibition includes over twenty works. Thanks to a collaboration with the CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, for the first time the exhibition goes out of the Museum and takes visitors to the ‘sculpture patio’ – the space between MACBA and the CCCB – where the pieces The Heart of Trees (2007) and The Heart of Rivers (2016) are installed.

Twenty-two years after his last exhibition in a Barcelona museum (Fundació Joan Miró, 1996), Plensa’s work can again be seen in the city. The exhibition at MACBA will run from 1 December 2018 to 22 April 2019. Running in parallel, the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, will present a new project by the artist titled Invisible at the Palacio de Cristal, during practically the same dates.

► The exhibition Jaume Plensa will travel to the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (11 June – 22 September 2019)

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