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MACBA presents 'Melanie Smith: Farce and Artifice'

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MACBA presents Melanie Smith: Farce and Artifice, the largest and most comprehensive institutional exhibition of the artist’s work in Europe to date, encompassing the full breadth of media the artist has embraced from her early sculptural works, assemblages, reliefs and paintings to her work in video, photography and installation.

Since the 1980s, Smith has addressed interrelated themes in her work that range from the effects and detritus of industrialisation, the economies and aesthetics of abstraction, and urbanisation, colonialism, and, more recently, nature and entropy. In Smith’s work, the markets for cheap plastic goods in Mexico City become at once a testament to the dominance of neoliberal economies, but also to the existence of alternative markets and means of circulation. Furthermore, they become the basis of an investigation of abstraction – the monochrome – in relation to the city, histories of the avant-garde, modernism, indigenism and forms of nationalism. Ultimately, through her work she performs an archaeology of modernism and modernity.

MACBA’s exhibition will be an in-depth look at Smith’s career. It will also include new works currently in production. The exhibition is being produced in collaboration with MUAC, Mexico City and the Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico, which will share the exhibition across the two venues in 2019.

Exhibition from 18 May to 07 Oct. 2018

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