Ferran Barenblit named director at the MACBA

Ferran Barenblit has just been named Director of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in Spain. Before joining the MACBA, he directed the contemporary art museum Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, in Barcelona. From 2008 until 2015, Barenblit was at the head of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, located not far from the Spanish capital, where he has organised an exhibition dedicated to Mexican artist Teresa Margolles. The committee that decided to appoint Barenblit included the Director of the Tate Museum in London Chris Dercon, and Spanish artist Ignasi Aballí. The two were very impressed by Ferran Barenblit’s ability to “connect the museum’s programme to the city’s art scene”. Ferran Barenblit’s nomination results from a sensitive context for the museum. The former Director of the MACBA, Bartomeu Marí, resigned in March 2015 following a controversy provoked by one of the exhibited installations. The installation by Austrian artist Ines Doujak featured a zoophiliac scene between the former Spanish monarch and a...

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MACBA organizes an exposition inspired by Georges Perec

Until 31 January 2016, the MACBA, in Barcelona, Spain, will organize an exhibit entitled “Species of Spaces”, inspired by the eponymous work by Georges Perec. 50 works will be presented in a unique structure conceived by architecture cabinet MAIO. Two galleries from the museum will host the exhibit and will be separated in thirteen distinct spaces, with the goal of recreating typologies of the novel by Perec. “Species of the Spaces” is the interpretation curator Frederic Montornés has done on the novel. It is a reflection on the different types of spaces mapping articulations between the public and private spheres. The structure of the space is a fundamental element of the exhibit, giving a feeling of coherence to the presented works: the spaces dedicated to the private sphere are cabins, while those representing the public sphere are much airier and more diaphanous. For the event, Luz Broto created an installation which connects the interior with the exterior of the museum, as well as the different floors. In total, 40 artists will be exposed, including Lucio Fontana, Gordon Matta-Clark and Gerhard Richter. Their works have in common the questioning of the notion of space and create a true reflection on this topic. The exhibited works have been issued by MACBA as well as other public and private...

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Swab Barcelona presents “Drawing Applications” Programme

The 2015 edition of international contemporary art fair Swab Barcelona, which will take place from 1 until 4 October 2015, in the Spanish city, will introduce a programme entitled “Drawing Applications”, whose director is Mónica Álvarex Careaga. The programme is a reflection on drawing, which is utilised as a tool by numerous disciplines, including architecture and botany. Contemporary art likewise exploits it as a support, without giving it a utilitarian purpose. “Drawing Applications” seeks to emphasise the artistic transformations that the use of the drawing has seen. Eight artists from eight of the most renowned Spanish galleries will present their works on the issue. The exhibiting artists will be: Paula Rubio Infante (Addaya Centre d’Art Contemporani), Laura Gozález Cabrera (Ángeles Baños), Cristina Ferrández (ATM/ Contemporary/Altamira Gallery), Luis Macías (etHALL), Juan Escudero (Alegría Gallery), Theo Firmo (Javier Silva Gallery), Gómez-Bueno (Siboney Gallery), and Gonzalo Elvira (Sicart Gallery). Created in 2006, Swab Barcelona hosts more and more galleries and visitors. Last year, 60 galleries presented their artists and 18,000 visitors attended the...

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Sergi Aguilar at MACBA

Until 31 January 2016, The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is hosting a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Sergui Aguilar, entitled “Sergi Aguilar. Reverse/Obverse (1972–2015)”. The exhibition presents works that recount Aguilar’s research over the past four decades in a non-chronological order. Instead, it revolves around five sections linking the major themes explored by the artist with the thematic cycles of different periods in his career. Following the example of the inaugural section “Eines i mesuradors” (Tools and measures), the eponymous title of series that began in 1974 and continued to grow until 2014, the various sections present the tensions around which the artist’s creative practice and process are defined. The exhibition highlights the dialogue established by the artist between the object and its implementation, the artificial and the natural, moderation and accumulation, and the place and displacement. It offers a way of entering into the artist’s studio, through accumulation but also through the underlying relationships that we see developing between the different proposals. This interdisciplinary and shifting vision is driven by the artist’s new interpretations of his work and the pedestals that he has created specifically for this exhibition. Born in 1946 in Barcelona, Sergi Aguilar studied at the Massana School and the Conservatory of Book Arts in Barcelona. Influenced by his encounter with the works of Julio Gonzalez and Brancusi, he enforces his artistic vision by emancipating himself from formalistic interpretations. His works can be found in the collections of museums such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Fundación Caixa de Pensions...

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LOOP Fair 2015 award winners announced

The winners of the Prize acquisition Catalonia Rambles and the LOOP Fair Prize have been announced during the 13th edition of LOOP Fair, which took place from 4 until 6 June 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Catalonia Rambles Prize was awarded to Basma Alsharif, represented by Galerie Imane Farès, for his video project The Story of Milk and Honey (2011). The jury of specialists comprised Director of the Contemporary Art Collection of Fundación “la Caixa”, Nimfa Bisbe, Director of Marres Museum Maastrich Valentijn Byvanck, and independent curator Imma Prieto. The LOOP Fair Prize for the best gallery proposal, which allows the receiving gallery to participate for free in the next edition of the fair, was awarded to China Town (1992–2011), a video project by Chien-Chi Chang, presented by Chi-Wen Gallery. Founded in 2003, LOOP is an independent platform dedicated to video art. Each year, LOOP hosts LOOP Barcelona, a meeting point for the international video art...

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