Thru 23 April 2012
The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) presents the first collaborative exhibition combining works form the collections of "la Caixa" Foundation and MACBA Collection, as a result of an agreement between "la Caixa" Foundation and MACBA Foundation.
The MACBA Collection is designed to provide an organising framework for the Museum programme as a whole. Eschewing chronological and linear readings, the Collection proposes new, interrelated narratives that connect the past with the future through the present. Whilst the Collection is organised around thematic cores (critique of representation, play and pleasure, institutional critique and the media, the poetic experience, language and its capacity for expression, television, theatre, film, dance and its hybrids as languages that transform art, etc.), it also embodies a new interest in productions that use sound and the human voice as key materials in the creation of art.
Volume proposes an interpretation of the transition from the 20th to the 21st century based on a paradigm shift in the art in terms of materials, sensory aspects and programme. Questioning the clichés that identify the 80s with the supremacy of painting, the exhibition places the pre-eminence of sculpture and photography at the centre of change at the turn of the new century. Volume sees the turn of the century coincide with the consolidation of sound and the artist's own voice as the principal materials in art production today. Echoing the formal and material innovations introduced by the historic avant-gardes in the early 20th century, contemporary artistic practice has replaced the eye as the crucial sense to reinstate the hearing in a real and contingent body. Restored to his or her body, the spectator acquires a near-choreographic quality. The three-dimensional nature of the Euclidean volume (from classical physics) is replaced by the volume of sounds and voices. This change in material works profound changes on the perceptive system and on behaviour: based on the convention dominated by what is visual, we begin to narrate a multi-sensory history of art.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 7.30 pm Tuesday closed (except public holidays)
As a public entity, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) assumes responsibility for disseminating contemporary art, offering a diverse range of visions, and generating critical debates on art and culture, while aspiring to reach increasingly diverse audiences. MACBA is an open institution where citizens can find a space of public representation, and also prioritises education and innovation in its field. All of the above, in addition to its commitment to heritage preservation and networking with other institutions, place MACBA at the forefront of the art system in Catalonia and confirm Barcelona’s position as a world art capital and an international benchmark.