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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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El MACBA s’adhereix a l’edició d’enguany de La Marató de TV3 dedicada a les malalties infeccioses

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MACBA presents the first major retrospective of Rosemarie Castoro

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Title: Rosemarie Castoro. Focus at Infinity Opening: Thursday, 9 November 2017, at 7.30 pm Dates: 10 November 2017 to 15 April 2018 Organisation and production: MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona Curator: Tanya Barson

Rosemarie Castoro (New York, 1939–2015) was a key artist who was constantly experimenting. Castoro developed her work in the Minimalist, post-Minimalist and Conceptual context in the United States and was part of the New York avant-garde circle of the sixties and seventies, alongside Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin, among others. Under the title Focus at Infinity, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents the first major institutional retrospective of the artist worldwide, curated by MACBA’s Chief Curator, Tanya Barson. The exhibition shows the exceptional contribution made by Castoro in the areas of painting, language and performance, and demonstrates how some key figures of Minimalism, especially women artists, have not received the attention they deserve. In the words of Lucy Lippard, who included her works in the exhibitions 557,087 at the Seattle Art Museum (1969) and 955,000 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1970), Castoro ‘subverted minimalism on its own turf’.

Rosemarie Castoro. Focus at Infinity brings together 250 works, most of them from New York (from Broadway 1602, Hal Bromm Gallery and MoMA, as well as private lenders), along with a wealth of unpublished documentation, such as her personal journals, exhibited here for the first time. This ‘paintersculptor’, as Castoro called herself, began her career in the field of graphic art but soon became interested in dance, from which she acquired the conception of space, later turning to painting and then sculpture. She also participated actively in the Art Workers' Coalition and was drawn to feminism, although she refused any deep involvement, considering it too restrictive and a form of ‘segregation’. Focusing on the period 1964–79, the exhibition includes abstract painting, Conceptual art, performative actions, poetry, sculpture, installations and land art, thus demonstrating the diversity of her artistic practice.

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MACBA and Han Nefkens Foundation presents The Maids by Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian

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The Maids, the project by the Iranian collective formed by Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, winners of the latest edition of the Han Nefkens Foundation – MACBA Award will be on show at MACBA until 7 January 2018.

► According to the jury ‘the joint work of this group distinguishes itself from the dominant trends in current artistic practice by the recovery of the importance of experience and sensuality in their work. While their installations, with a distinctive playful character, blur individual practices under an immediate visual impact, their works also address contemporary politics with wit and irony.’

Title: The Maids Opening: Friday 27 October 2017, 6 pm Dates: 28 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 Organisation and production: Han Nefkens Foundation and MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona Curated by: Anna Cerdà

The Iranian collective formed by Ramin Haerizadeh (Tehran, 1975), Rokni Haerizadeh (Tehran, 1978) and Hesam Rahmanian (Knoxville, 1980), a group of artists established in Dubai who have collaborated since 2009, won the 2nd Han Nefkens Foundation – MACBA Award for Contemporary Art. On show at MACBA will be their artistic proposal The Maids, a multi-part exhibition created in response to the city of Barcelona, and the result of a two-year process the artists call ‘an assembling of a collective body’. As artists, collaboration is central to their practice. Their goal is to create more equitable forms of artistic exchange by inviting different makers to contribute freely and independently to ongoing works in progress.

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Noches de Cabaret en la Capella MACBA

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Withdrawal of the loan of Art & Language’s works by Philippe Méaille

Regarding the press release issued on 11 October by the private museum Château de Montsoreau – Musée d’art contemporain, inaugurated in 2015 and directed by Mr Méaille, MACBA DECLARES that:

- The security of all works in the MACBA Artistic Fonds is fully guaranteed, while all works are subject to the highest conservation standards.

- In 2010, the French collector deposited his collection of works of the group Art & Language at MACBA. In 2014, MACBA dedicated an exhibition to these works. In April 2017, prior to the finalisation of the loan, Mr Méaille received a continuity proposal for which the Museum has yet to receive a formal response.

Although Art & Language remains represented in the MACBA Collection, the Museum regrets Mr Méaille’s refusal to sign the proposed loan extension with arguments that do not at all reflect the real situation.

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Retrait du dépôt des œuvres d’Art & Language par M. Philippe Méaille

Suite au communiqué de presse émis le 11 octobre dernier par le musée privé Château de Montsoreau – Musée d’art contemporain, ouvert en 2015 et présidé par M. Philippe Méaille, le MACBA tient à faire la MISE AU POINT suivante:

- La sécurité de toutes les œuvres du Fonds artistique du MACBA est pleinement garantie, et ce dans le strict respect des normes de conservation les plus rigoureuses.

- M. Méaille a déposé au MACBA sa collection d’œuvres du collectif d’artistes Art & Language en 2010. Le MACBA lui a consacré une exposition en 2014. Avant que ce dépôt n’arrive à échéance, en avril 2017, M. Méaille a reçu du MACBA une proposition pour qu’il soit prolongé. Cependant, à ce jour, le musée n’a reçu aucune réponse formelle à cette proposition.

Bien qu’Art & Language continue à être représenté dans la Collection MACBA, le musée regrette que M. Méaille ait refusé de signer la proposition de prolongation du dépôt sur la base d’arguments qui ne correspondent en rien à la réalité.

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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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Official statement 3 october

MACBA adheres to ‘the country-wide stoppage’ called for tomorrow 3 October in repudiation of the violence inflicted on Catalonia on Sunday 1 October.

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POSTPONED: Opening of the exhibition “Brossa Poetry”

The opening of the exhibition Brossa Poetry that was scheduled for this evening will be postponed. Given the relevance of the artist and of this exhibition, we will communicate a new date for this event soon. The exhibition will be open to the public starting tomorrow, September 21st, during regular museum hours.

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Comunicado de los trabajadores del MACBA

Los y las trabajadoras del Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) nos sumamos a la llamada en defensa de las instituciones catalanas a raíz de la intervención de la Guardia Civil en las diversas sedes del Gobierno de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Esta actuación es un ataque directo a la democracia, a la libertad y al estado de derecho. Sin libertad no hay cultura y, por lo tanto, invitamos a todos y a todas las trabajadoras del sector a defender nuestros derechos y a participar activamente en las manifestaciones de protesta que se están llevando a cabo.

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