• Rita McBride, Arena, 1997, Twaron, wood. Installation view, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2009. Photo: Tony Coll.

    “Rita McBride: Public Tender”

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Plaça dels Angels, 1
    May 19–September 24, 2012

    Curated by Bartomeu Marí

    Industrial designer, public artist, sculptor, architect, producer, author . . . Rita McBride has forged the path for the ’90s generation of multidisciplined, unconventional sculptors of mellifluous space, people, environments, and, most particularly, products. It’s a wonder that she’s not yet conquered the realm of performance (an area so de rigueur today), but perhaps, given McBride’s acute attention to the thingness of our existence, there’s never been a need: The public has always been the performer. In this survey, curator Bartomeu Marí brings together such key works from McBride’s past two decades as the massive, activated Arena, 1997, and Backsliding. Sideslipping. One Great Leap and the “Forbidden”, 1994—the American-born, Europe-based artist’s analysis of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye. An accompanying catalogue tracks the life of MACBA’s public space over the past year with photographs by Anne Pöhlmann and essays by Mark Wigley and Luis Fernández-Galiano.