If the 80s represented a return to order in European art with conventional formats of painting and sculpture making a comeback, the 1990s revived the freewheeling conceptual approaches of the 60s and 70s.
In this way, embodied art practices known as Action Art were recovered. In Spain, this history has particular relevance, with multiple initiatives that have impacted art. This art of action was frequently expressed in performance form – which usually occurred in very restricted or unconventional contexts such as festivals or gatherings – the more heterogeneous expressions of Action Art has come to be called performativity.
Across different nodes, Action will examine this period, tracing some of its fundamental works. In addition, it will include mostly unpublished documentation and audiovisual material that recovers those experiences. The result will be a complex exhibition, with multiple extensions – both historical and contemporary – that attempt to interpret the art of our time.
For someone who so profoundly impacted the field of conceptual art, relatively little fanfare has been afforded to Fina Miralles. Given that she worked during the authoritarian mass censorship of Franco's dictatorship (to which much of her work was also a response), her being overlooked is not entirely surprising. And, the fact that she's a woman may also have been a factor...
This exhibition at MACBA aims to restore Miralles' place in the historiography of art, and show how her transformative work often challenges and surpasses the limited classifications to which it has been ascribed, such as conceptual art, land art, or even feminist art.
The project will be accompanied by a publication with critical texts about her work and a compilation of images.
If being confused by incomprehensible art is your thing, you'll be comfortable at the MACBA. Enter Barcelona's huge contemporary art museum and let your imagination unscramble both the permanent and temporary collections.
Art is a serious business at the mammoth MACBA, the big boss of Barcelona's contemporary art scene. The permanent collection at MACBA boasts around 5,000 works from the mid-20th century onward, across three periods – the 1940s till the 1960s, 1960s till the 1970s, and contemporary.
The museum lifts the lid on the history of modern and contemporary art from Barcelona's unique point of view. It's minimalistic, cool, and packed with amazing art in all forms. Skip the line and spend those extra hours soaking up art in air-conditioned comfort!