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Philippe Thomas

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

This review is born of an error. It should not refer to the exhibition of the artist Philippe Thomas (1951–95), because artists make works, and it seems that Thomas never made any. This is not a simple paradox. And yet, looking around the galleries of MACBA, we saw a series of things on the walls and on the floor that we were tempted to call art. Once again we might have been mistaken.

Thomas sought to erode the concept of authorship. In this sense, his work can be understood as a series of conceptual propositions that question the institutions belonging to the system of art. The sacralization of the signature within the history of the market is common knowledge; Thomas made its devaluation his artistic statement, an object of investigation. The space occupied by his work is less physical than discursive, although it occupies this space in a curious way. Thomas desires to encourage the

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