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ENTHUSIASM. The challenge and the obstinacy in the MACBA Collection

14 September 2017 - 5 May 2019

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The artists present in the exhibition are: Ignasi Aballí, Vito Acconci, Maja Bajevic, Marcel Broodthaers, Anne-Lise Coste, Esther Ferrer, Peter Friedl, Richard Hamilton, Emanuel Licha, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cildo Meireles, Younes Rahmoun, Tere Recarens , Àngels Ribé, Dieter Roth, Mireia Sallarès and Zush.

“Enthusiasm. The challenge and the commitment in the MACBA Collection »is a project that approaches the contemporaneity from an optimistic, persistent and passionate perspective. A direct concept that, instead of placing the works within a certain thematic or chronological scope, stands as a specific whole; That is, a particular way of understanding the artistic practice that claims the psychic intensity of work in art.

In general terms, enthusiasm is understood as a subjective process of exaltation of the mind, in which passion and fervor act as an emotional detonator of what-whether discreet or ambitious, intimate or public-is desired. Through a plural analysis of the concept, the project revises the MACBA collection with the aim of staging and contrasting a whole series of behaviors and attitudes sensitive to this excitement. A firm and obstinate position that moves away from naive or simply cheerful attitudes and bets on issues of confidence, resistance and furor at different levels. The exhibition proposes an exercise of activating the works, in which different causes and challenges intersect, which gives rise to a selection of unique challenges that, located within the realm of contemporary art, transit between the individual obsessions and the commitments of Aesthetic, social or political order.

Following these premises, “ENTHUSIASM. The challenge and commitment in the MACBA Collection “proposes five possible approaches based on the enthusiastic act: cosmogonic construction, the creative power of everyday life, the performative load of the body, social activism and the crisis Own notion of art. In this way, the will of artists like Zush, Anne-Lise Coste or Younes Rahmoun to build a world of their own through experiences, fantasies or beliefs; The repetition of simple and everyday gestures of Esther Ferrer, Ignasi Aballi, Dieter Roth, Richard Hamilton or Tere Recarens; The performativity of Vito Acconci or Àngels Ribé; The nonconformist action of Maja Bajevic, Emanuel Licha, Mireia Sallarès, Cildo Meireles or Gordon Matta-Clark and, finally, the criticism to the own system of the art of figures like Marcel Broodthaers or Peter Friedl suggest a narrative sequence in which the enthusiasm denotes a A strong ideological position against the artistic fact: that which, after all, conceives of art as an act of faith capable of achieving what it proposes, be it to change the world or simply to question itself.

“ENTUSIASM” receives the conceptual heritage of two projects centered on this concept and occurred in Barcelona in the mid-2000s. On the one hand, the project “Faith and Enthusiasm” (2004), by the artist Antonio Ortega: a processual exhibition focused In the notion of success and organized in Space 13 of the Joan Miró Foundation, which consisted in the attempt to raise funds to build a wax figure of Yola Berrocal, maximum example of enthusiasm according to artist. On the other hand, the exhibition “Enthusiasm” presented at the Tàpies Foundation in 2005: an archive of films linked to the Polish amateur motion movement between 1950 and 1980 compiled by artists Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska. Both proposals incorporated a liberating impulse arising from the passion. And here, in the challenge more visceral than rational, more passionate than strategic, is where the intensity of this review of the MACBA collection lies. Without setting very different goals, and doing so through disparate presentation records, all the artists of the exhibition share the same gesture: to say with forcefulness.

Following an effect of contagion and complicity, the three concepts that support the exhibition – enthusiasm, challenge and obstinacy – also expand to all the agents and structures involved in the project: the curatorial position, the configuration of the MACBA collection, the will Divulgativa of the Program of Visual Arts of the Delegation of Barcelona and, in the best case, the interrelation with the people and the groups that will visit the exhibition.

Badalona. Josep Uclés Room. Centro Cultural El Carmen (September 14 – November 5); Ripollet. Cultural Center of the Ripollet (10 of November – 7 of January); Vilafranca del Penedès. Sala de los Trinitarios (12 January – 18 February); Martorell. Muixart. Space of Contemporary Art and Creation (February 23 – May 6); Cerdanyola del Vallès. Cerdanyola Art Museum (June-August).

You can check the program here.

David Armengol, exhibition curator





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