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MACBA presents 'Melanie Smith: Farce and Artifice'

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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Theory as Action. Oscar Masotta at MACBA

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► Curated by Ana Longoni, the exhibition is organised around nine thematic areas that cover the intense intellectual and artistic career of the Argentine thinker Oscar Masotta, starting from his notion of the theoretical exercise as a mode of political action.
► Masotta went into exile in 1975 in Barcelona, where he died four years later. Founder of the Freudian Field Library in 1977, he was a key agent in the introduction of Lacanian thought in Spain, as he had previously been in Argentina and Latin America.
► The exhibition features works by Roberto Jacoby, Eduardo Costa, Raúl Escari, Marta Minujín, Charlie Squirru, Dalila Puzzovio, Rubén Santantonín, Luis Wells and Alberto Greco, among others. It includes unpublished documentary material and artistic works made by Masotta, while giving an account of his legacy in contemporary art with contributions by Gonzalo Elvira, Dora García, Guillermina Mongan and the collective Un Faulduo.
Oscar Masotta. Theory as Action is the result of several years of collective research. The exhibition was presented in 2017 at MUAC (Mexico) and after its showing at MACBA it will travel to Buenos Aires (Parque de la Memoria, 2018).

Title: Oscar Masotta. Theory as Action Opening: Thursday 22 March 2018, 7.30 pm Dates: 23 March – 11 September 2018 Organisation and production: Exhibition organised by MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, UNAM, Mexico, in collaboration with MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Curator: Ana Longoni

Oscar Masotta. Theory as Action seeks to reconstruct the intellectual journey of this thinker, theoretician and artist (Buenos Aires, 1930 – Barcelona, 1979) through a wide selection of documentary material, works by the artists he wrote about, as well as artworks he produced himself. Curated by Ana Longoni, the project is the result of years of research into this crucial figure in the transformations of the Argentine and Ibero-American cultural field between the 1950s and 1970s. Masotta left his native Buenos Aires in 1974 to go into exile in Europe, first in London and then in Barcelona, the city where he settled in 1975 and where he died four years later. In Barcelona, his host city, he was actively involved with the countercultural scene of the time. Masotta's multiple interests ranged from literature and militant politics to the artistic avant-garde, comics, psychoanalysis, semiology and structuralism. Theory as Action seeks to integrate the different constellations of readings and areas of incidence that he articulated in a common itinerary.

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The entire universe of Francesc Torres gathered in one installation at MACBA

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Title: The Hermetic Bell. Space for a Non-Transferable Anthropology Curator: Antònia M. Perelló Opening: Friday, 9 March 2018, at 7.30 pm (at 6.30 pm there will be a talk between the artist and the curator) Exhibition: 10 March – 11 September 2018 Organisation: MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

► More than 3,500 of the artist’s key objects are gathered in The Hermetic Bell. Space for a Non-Transferable Anthropology, an installation that will help us understand his creative universe.

► Francesc Torres has selected toys, objects, images... that he has accumulated throughout his life and which are the original material for his most questioning and incisive creations.

► Francesc Torres will donate this installation to the Collection. This is the first step in a process that will culminate with the donation to MACBA of works and documents from his personal archive.

Throughout his artistic career, Francesc Torres (Barcelona, 1948), a pioneer of the language of multimedia installation, has critically reflected on the various manifestations of culture, politics, memory and power. Ten years after Da capo, the retrospective that MACBA dedicated to him and for which he received the National Visual Arts Award (2009), Torres and the Museum meet again to face the challenge of exhibiting a personal archive, now converted into an artistic installation and located within the exhibition space of the tower of the Richard Meier building. The Hermetic Bell. Space for a Non-Transferable Anthropology, which is presented at MACBA, is the result of research into creative processes, objects as testimonies of personal experiences and anthropological documents. The installation reflects the spirit of the cabinets of curiosities or Wunderkammer of sixteenth-century Europe and brings together over 3,500 objects, documents, toys and various materials that the artist has accumulated throughout his life. The whole becomes the original material of Torres’ art and reveals the symbolic potential and the capacity of these objects to originate abstract thought.

The Hermetic Bell will be a donated to the MACBA Collection, the first step in a working process that will culminate with a donation to MACBA of works and materials from the artist's personal archive. This desire, already expressed by Torres some time ago, will enable the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona to have a significant showing of the work of this Catalan artist in its artistic and documentary collections.

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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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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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MagmaCultura serà l’encarregada dels serveis de recepció, venda d’entrades i educadors al MACBA

El Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona anuncia que l’empresa adjudicatària de la licitació del 5 de juliol de 2017 ha estat MagmaCultura.

A partir de dissabte, 21 d’octubre, MagmaCultura serà l’encarregada dels serveis de recepció, venda d’entrades i educadors al MACBA.

El museu celebra que com a resultat d’incorporar nous criteris a la licitació, en la línia de la normativa de contractació socialment responsable impulsada per l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, s’han introduït importants millores laborals.

Per tant, considera que amb aquesta adjudicació i les millores que comporta es podrà donar per finalitzat el conflicte laboral en contra de Serveis Educatius Ciut’Art, antiga empresa adjudicatària.

En aquest sentit, MagmaCultura ens trasllada que:

- La seva prioritat és vetllar per les millors condicions possibles pels seus treballadors i restablir la normalitat en els serveis adjudicats al MACBA.

- Ha procedit a la subrogació a tot el personal d’alta en el servei.

- Augmenta el salari:

• Educadors. L’augment salarial és d’un 44,7%. Això representa percebre un increment mínim mensual d’entre 340 € i 516€, en funció de la dedicació horària.
• Venda d’entrades i recepció. L’augment salarial és d’un 33,5%. Això representa percebre un increment mínim mensual d’entre 208 € i 315 €, en funció de la dedicació horària.

- Manté jornades i horaris de treball, i fins i tot preveu augmentar la dedicació, de mutu acord amb els treballadors interessats.


Barcelona, 20 d’octubre de 2017

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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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