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Hard Gelatin: Hidden Stories from the 80s
BARCELONA  •  Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona  •  4 November 2016 - 19 March 2017

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents Hard Gelatin. Hidden Stories from the 80s, a revision of the hegemonic account of the period between 1977 and 1992 in Spain, questioned from today’s perspective. It looks at a series of social, political and economic events in the history of that period, while presenting the work of a number of groups, cultural activists and artists who adopted subversion and a critical refutation of the established order. The project has been developed as part of L’Internationale, a network of six European museums, which invited its members to propose a critical revision of the eighties within their own context.

The exhibition brings to the fore some of the hidden stories by asking questions and challenging the official narrative and dominant discourses. It is structured around seven possible accounts: Forgotten memory, on anti-history, counter-information and the omission of the recent past; Blind spots, from autonomous groups to democratic institutionalisation; From blue overalls to white collars, from the dismantling of workers’ movements to industrial restructuring; In the neighbourhood of my dreams, from real estate to the city as spectacle; Beautiful losers, on drugs and prisons; Stolen words, counterculture versus the art institution; and Gaseous state, on otherness and escapism as a weapon, the imaginary world. Hard Gelatin brings together over 200 works by 59 artists, half of them from the MACBA Collection, together with a large selection of material from the Museum’s Archive and Library Fonds. Also included are films, documentaries, TV programmes, magazines, comics, fanzines, artworks and anti-artistic exercises, among other materials.

The exhibition includes works by: 5QK's (Alfonso de Sierra, Luis Escribano, Ramón Massa, Ces Marti and Enric Bentz); Francesc Abad; Agustín Parejo School; Marcel·lí Antúnez; Txomin Badiola; Antonio Beneyto; Miguel Benlloch; Tino Calabuig; Alan Carrasco; Colita; Societat U de Barcelona (Octavi Comeron, Tere Badia, Jorge Luis Marzo, Guillermon Trujillano, Montse Romaní); Pepe Espaliú; Marcelo Expósito; Daniel García Andújar; Joan Gelabert; Eulàlia Grau; Isaías Griñolo and Angustias García; Federico Guzmán; Joaquim Jordà; José Juan Bartolomé and Cecilia Bartolomé; Lluís Juncosa; Manolo Laguillo; Rogelio López Cuenca; Laia Manresa; Muntadas; Nazario; Ocaña; Anton Patiño; Carlos Pazos; Pere Portabella; Preiswert; Manolo Quejido; Joan Rabascall; Arturo-Fito Rodríguez, Gabriel Villota; Pedro G. Romero; María Ruido; Fernando Ruiz Vergara; Pepe Sales; Mireia Sentís; SIEP (artistic collective); Llorenç Soler; Albert Subirats; Carlos Taillefer; Taller Llunàtic; Steva Terrades; Francesc Torres; Adrià Trescents, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina; Jordi Valls; Ventura Pons; Vídeo-Nou; Jaume Xifra and Zush.

The network includes six major European museums: Moderna galerija (MG, Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS, Madrid); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, Netherlands). Other members include various academic and art institutions associated with the project.

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Website

Contact: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona
Tel: (34) 93 481 33 68

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva: <EM>Maça de Darwin, macaco de Newton</EM>, 2012
João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva: Maça de Darwin, macaco de Newton, 2012
Territories and Fictions: Thinking a New Way of the World
MADRID  •  Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía  •  26 October 2016 - 13 March 2017

This presentation of holdings from the Museo Reina Sofía Collection, largely made up of recent acquisitions, approaches the languages and artistic practices that defined the period between the end of the 1990s and 2007 – both in Spain and internationally - by way of a series of shared questions that heralded the start of the century and run up to the present time.

The way in which artists tackled the effects of globalisation and new geopolitical configurations marks the starting point of this exhibition via works by Zoe Leonard and Allan Sekula. Another line of research is concerned with the examination of languages of modernity and their ties to colonial processes; therefore, works by Leonor Antunes, Ines Doujak and Adrià Julià appropriate images and historical accounts in order to carry out a critical reading of them. Moreover, the Nation-State crisis and theatrical strategies throughout history are put forward in this show in the form of “political fictions” through artists such as Ibon Aranberri and Peter Friedl. In a closer setting, there are also case studies related to processes of transformation in the industrial outskirts of Barcelona and gentrification in cities such as Madrid, present in projects by María Ruido, Patrick Faigenbaum and Manolo Laguillo, among others.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Website

Contact: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Santa Isabel, 52
28012 Madrid
Tel: (34) 91 774 10 00

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