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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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Raqs Media Collective "In the Open or in Stealth"

► This exhibition will be a multi-layered site of discovery that explores the concept of a future in which multiple histories and geographies are placed in dialogue, giving way to a plurality of possibilities and queries by following paths that interlace, entwine and expose relations between objects, feelings and concepts, while simultaneously tracing indeterminate spaces between them.

► A working list of artists includes Rosa Barba, Jeamin Cha, Mark Chung, Liao Fei, John Gerrard, Geumhyung Jeong, Hassan Khan, Charles Lim, Cristina Lucas, Kabelo Malatsie, Dillon Marsh, Huma Mulji, Mehreen Murtaza, Joe Nishizawa, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Bahar Noorizadeh, Lucy Parker, Racter, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Muhannad Shono, Tito Zungu and including new commissions as the projects by Rupali Gupte y Prasad Shetty, Bhagwati Prasad, Rohini Devasher, Abhishek Hazra, Ivana Franke, Lantian Xie, Marzia Farhana will be presented as well as the intervention by the Raqs Media Collective.

► An extension of the exhibition will be a mediation programme – titled the 21 Personae– which will explore the urban fabric of our society through real-life stories of Barcelona’s diverse inhabitants. The project puts the Museum in dialogue with the city, resulting in a collection of urban chronicles.

► Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Artists curators, researchers, editors and philosophical agents provocateurs, the Collective’s work addresses connectedness, temporality and plenitude, and places them at the intersection of art, historical enquiry and philosophical speculation.

Title: In the Open or in Stealth Opening: October 30, 2018, Dates: October 31 – March 17, 2019
Organisation: MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona,
Curators: Raqs Media Collective: Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Jeebesh Bagchi and Monica Narula

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A short century: MACBA Collection

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► This display offers a chronological path through the MACBA Collection from 1929 to the present. It includes many key works in a series of rooms devoted to emblematic moments or decades.

► Curated by the MACBA team, special attention is given to the changing presentations and experiences of art through these nine decades or ‘short century’. The presentation seeks to reflect perspective from Barcelona, hence its beginning in 1929 with the International Exposition.

► The exhibition shows works by Alexander Calder and Joaquín Torres-García. In the presentation of the successive decades, works by Eugènia Balcells, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christian Boltanski, Esther Ferrer, Gego, Eulàlia Grau, The Guerrilla Girls, Hans Haacke, Jenny Holzer, Sanja Iveković, Miralda, Joan Miró, Juan Muñoz, The Otolith Group, Raymond Pettibon, Benet Rossell, Joan Rabascall, Martha Rosler, Jorge Oteiza, Antoni Tàpies and Werker Collective, will be included, among others.

A dynamic presentation: although presented chronologically, A Short Century: the MACBA Collection will change over time so that each consecutive display can offer a new view of the fonds of the Collection. An open reading formulating variations on the selection of works with the aim of renewing and extending the content of the chronological itinerary and intensifying its didactic intention.

Consequently, in the coming months we will present On Subjectivity (1978), by Muntadas; Proyecto Niágara (1993), by Roberto Obregón; and Un pechiche para Benkos (2017), by Marcos Ávila Forero, which will be installed in the tower.

Títle: A short Century. MACBA Collection Opening: October 4, 2018, Dates: October 5, permanent formulating variations Organisation: MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Curator: MACBA team

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The European Union will provide 2 million euros to fund a L’Internationale cultural project

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The European Union will provide 2 million euros to fund a L’Internationale cultural project, headed by the Museo Reina Sofía

● The project Our Many Europes is promoted and developed by L‘Internationale, a confederation made up of seven museums: MACBA (Barcelona); Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana); Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Antwerp); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara); Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven); and the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid)

● The directors of the participating institutions are meeting in Madrid with the working groups to launch the initiative

As part of the Creative Europe Culture Programme, the European Commission will provide 2 million euros to fund the cultural project Our Many Europes, to be implemented and developed over the next four years by L’Internationale, a confederation of seven museums headed, on this occasion, by the Museo Reina Sofía. The aim of the project is to broaden the types of visitors who walk through the doors of these art centres, enhancing visitor-museum engagement through innovative strategies adapted to the present day.

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The Collection, Raqs Media Collective and Jaume Plensa will be the protagonists of the autumn season at MACBA

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► In October, the MACBA Collection will be presented in a new chronological, yet non-linear rehang. It will include a series of iconic works representing the tensions that have occurred in contemporary art within the artistic movements themselves, and in relation to other cultural manifestations and their social-political context.

► The second exhibition is a collective show curated by Raqs Media Collective, a group of artists from Delhi formed by Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Jeebesh Bagchi and Monica Narula. The show can be seen as a reflection on all possible futures in an exercise of political and aesthetic speculation.

► The protagonist of the last exhibition will be Jaume Plensa. Organised in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, this is a show that will help us discover the profound diversity and complexity of the artist’s work from the 1980s to the present.

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MACBA presents 'Melanie Smith: Farce and Artifice'

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Melanie Smith: Farce and Artifice, curated by Tanya Barson, is organised around seven juxtaposed thematic nuclei that trace the artist’s career from the early nineties to the present.

► Melanie Smith’s solo exhibition brings together more than 120 works and includes key early pieces as well as more recent ones. It is the largest European exhibition to be dedicated to her work.

► Melanie Smith (Poole, United Kingdom, 1965) has lived and worked in Mexico City since 1989, and in 2011 represented Mexico at the Venice Biennale. The contrast between her country of origin and her adoptive place of residence is very evident in her work.

► The MACBA exhibition examines Smith's career in depth and includes new works, notably María Elena (2018), exhibited here for the first time. The exhibition, coproduced with MUAC, Mexico City, and the Museo Amparo, Puebla, will travel to Mexico in 2019.

Title: Melanie Smith: Farce and Artifice Opening: Thursday, 17 May 2018, at 8.00 pm Opening discussion: 7.00 pm Tanya Barson and Melanie Smith Dates: 18 May – 7 October 2018 Organisation and production: MACBA, in collaboration with MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, UNAM, Mexico, and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico Curator: Tanya Barson

A ‘giant palimpsest’ is how Melanie Smith (Poole, United Kingdom, 1965) defines her work. MACBA now hosts the largest exhibition of her work to be held in Europe to date, reviewing the artist's career in depth. The exhibition brings together more than 120 works (sculptures, assemblages, reliefs, paintings, videos, photography and installations) spanning the period from the early nineties until today, including new work. Resident in Mexico since 1989, where she developed her career, she has witnessed the impact of capitalist modernisation, neoliberal globalisation and hyper-consumerism, and the collapse of modernity. In her work, as in a palimpsest (a manuscript retaining traces of an earlier text), several levels of meaning coexist, and the contrast between her country of origin and that of adoption is integral to her work. For this reason, the exhibition is structured into thematic nuclei, forming a constellation of works of different moments that show the continuities of recurring motifs across all her production: Abstraction, Urban, Colour, Body, Archaeology, Nature and Scale.

Melanie Smith was born in the United Kingdom in 1965, but developed her career in the Mexican art scene since the 1990s, a time when that country attracted artists from all over the world. In 1989, Smith left behind the political-economic tensions of Thatcher's Britain to settle in Mexico, the country she represented at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Both contexts – the Mexican or, in a broader sense Latin American, and the British or the Anglo-Saxon/Eurocentric culture – are essential to her work. Since the 1980s, Smith has addressed interrelated issues that encompass the effects of industrialisation, economics, and the aesthetics of abstraction, urbanisation, colonialism, and, more recently, nature and entropy. An archaeology of modernity is conducted throughout all her work.

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MACBA presents "Not Here, Not Anywhere", Domènec's solo exhibition bringing together twenty projects from the last two decades

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► Acknowledging the distance between utopias and social realities, Not Here, Not Anywhere presents twenty works by the visual artist Domènec that reflect upon the political strategies of historical memory and social empowerment.

► Until 6 May, Domènec’s intervention The Stadium, the Pavilion and the Palace, a collaboration between MACBA and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in the context of the exhibition, can be visited at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

► After MACBA, in February 2019 Domènec’s solo exhibition will travel to the Philippines thanks to the collaboration of the Institut Ramon Llull.

Title: Domènec. Not Here, Not Anywhere Curator: Teresa Grandas Opening: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6 pm at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and at 7.30 pm at MACBA Exhibition dates: 19 April – 11 September 2018 Organisation and production: MACBA Museu d’Art of Contemporani de Barcelona

Not Here, Not Anywhere is a solo exhibition devoted to the last two decades of artistic production by the visual artist Domènec (Mataró, 1962). The exhibition brings together twenty works from the late nineties to the present, as well as two new productions. Domènec’s work is articulated around issues such as the distance between utopias and social reality; speculation about the public dimension of architecture and the ideological precepts that determine it; socio-historical mechanisms and how they are interfered with; and about what conditions memory and oblivion. Not Anywhere is, in the rhetoric proper to modernity, the space of utopia: from the Greek οὐ, ‘not’ and τόπος, ‘place’, literally, ‘no place’. The focus of Domènec’s research and critical essay is precisely the crisis of modernity and an awareness of the failures of the modern movement, which, in the context of this exhibition, is materialised in the form of sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and interventions in the public space.

Domènec. Not Here, Not Anywhere is a critical proposal regarding the modern project: it gives voice to the protagonists, the unofficial discourses, and ignores the dominant narratives to restore memory. The works included in the exhibition come from different local contexts and establish a dialogue with other international areas in order to raise the current impact of utopian proposals arising from the Industrial Revolution as distinct from capitalism.

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UNIQLO and MACBA join to open contemporary art to the city of Barcelona

• Open doors at the MACBA, every Saturday afternoon, thanks to UNIQLO.

• Through the partnership, every Saturday, in addition to offering free entry to the exhibitions, MACBA will host a cultural program of different artistic disciplines, with a highlight event happening the last Saturday of each month.


23 March, 2018 Barcelona - The Japanese brand UNIQLO and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, MACBA, today announced the signing of a collaboration partnership that will allow the Barcelona museum to open its doors to the public free of charge every Saturday afternoon, from 4pm to 8pm. The collaboration will provide free access to visitors to both the museum's temporary exhibitions and all the activities held during that time. This partnership is in line with one of the working priorities of MACBA, being favouring accessibility to its program to a wide and diverse audience and, especially, facilitating entry to the museum for the local public.

Within the framework of the partnership, the Japanese company and the museum will also offer visitors a differential experience every Saturday through the development of "Let's talk about art", a series of unprecedented colloquiums and talks for the dissemination of art and culture. The first of these events will take place on Saturday March 24th with the interpretation of the work of the North American artist Rosemarie Castoro by the dancer and choreographer Carmelo Salazar. The press conference announcing the partnership has included a small preview of this performance, intimately connected with the retrospective Rosemarie Castoro. Focus at Infinity, exhibited in the museum until April 15th.

The last Saturday of each month, additionally, UNIQLO and MACBA will also organize innovated art-related initiatives in different formats (family workshops, concerts, performances, dance, etc.) and geared towards diverse audiences. The first of these events will be held on Saturday, April 28th, with the experimental music concert of the versatile British artist Luke Fowler, nominated to the prestigious Turner Prize of 2012. Later, on May 26th, the museum will host the performance of the Mallorcan pop band Papa Topo.

Within the series “Let's talk about art” UNIQLO and MACBA will offer a varied artistic program, some of the highlights of which are talks and colloquiums with artists like Francesc Torres, Domènec or Oscar Masotta as protagonists.

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