Francesc Torres

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Da Capo—the musical notation directing a player to return to the beginning of the score—was an apt title for MACBA’s retrospective recapping over forty years of work by Francesc Torres. The result was vast, a sort of installation of installations. Although the Reina Sofía in Madrid held an anthological exhibition of Torres’s work in 2001, this latest exhibition has made the true magnitude of his oeuvre apparent, demonstrating his art’s ideological coherence and uncompromising formal rigor. The show was accompanied by a collection of Torres’s writings, which, until now, have been hard to find; like his art, these texts offer important reflections on art institutions, the social roles of art, and the dubious political management of memory.

Starting in the mid-1970s, Torres’s work has taken the form of a handcrafted reconstruction of metaphors about history while at the same time taking a

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