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.
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