Mirades (Sobre El Museu)

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Mirades (sobre el Museu)” (Looking [at the museum]) seemed an attempt to examine the identity of Barcelona’s recently opened Museum of Contemporary Art. One should perhaps consider the peculiar conditions shaping the MACBA—a museum built in a city known for its architecture—in order to understand why, at its very inception, it seeks to affirm itself. In navigating the slippery terrain of contemporary art, especially that of recent decades, Barcelona lacks a strong tradition, and since the construction of this building in the Raval neighborhood was somewhat controversial, it is logical that the museum should find solace in viewing itself as spectacle.

For “Mirades,” curator Antónia M. Perelló selected fourteen foreign and Catalonian artists—both the well-recognized and promising newcomers. All were chosen forthe links, whether physical or conceptual, between their own work and architecture.

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