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Muntadas

Exit Art

Exhibition, 1987, was a modified version of an installation by Muntadas staged in 1985 at the Galería Fernando Vijande in Madrid. In the ten works shown here he presented nine forms of image-presentation currently used by artists, from the historical conventions of the museum to contemporary street display: The XIXth Century Frame, The Slide Projection, The Print Series, The Photo Series, The Billboard, The Triptych, The Video Installation, The Drawing Series, all 1985, and The Light Box and The Light Box Display, both 1987. In each case, there was no image as such; the display case of “prints” presented sheets of fine blank paper; the video monitors emitted electronic “snow”; the photograph mats were empty; and so on.

On one level, Exhibition was a laconic commentary on the peculiarly American discourse in which the art object is emptied of any content that does not proclaim itself as a

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