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The MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona has one of the most important collections of contemporary art in southern Europe. The Museum starts with a focus on the Catalan conceptual art, but covers all the artistic expressions of the past decades. Their temporary exhibitions regularly bring international artists to the attention of Barcelona public. The program of activities accompanying the exhibitions is excellent and opens participants a variety possibilities to get involved, learn about and approach artistic practices today.

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April 2017
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Sampling # 1 – Documents on the scene

7 April - 22 September
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Sampling # 1. The documents on the scene present a set of materials from the collections and documentary collections of the MACBA Archive, in what pretends to be a daily exercise of opening of contents that usually remain veiled under the conditions of conservation and access proper to the archival treatment. These samples, indirectly, show the strengths and weaknesses of this documentary collection, indicating both the institutional commitment with certain lines of acquisitions, and the absence of those practices, periods…

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Forensic Architecture – Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

28 April - 15 October
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

In recent years the little-known research group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. While providing crucial evidence for international courts and working with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International and the UN, Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, it has also given rise to a new form of investigative practice, to which it has…

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May 2017
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Collection MACBA. Martha Rosler: God Bless America!

18 May - 15 October
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

A pioneer in the use of video as a tool for social and political analysis in the 1970s, Martha Rosler (New York, 1943) continues to challenge Western ways of life. For almost fifty years of artistic practice and with a recognized international trajectory, his proposals provide a critical look at the myths and realities of contemporary culture. Rosler incorporates his literary training and his interest in textuality to a visual work that updates the direct language of pop art along…

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September 2017
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ENTHUSIASM. The challenge and the obstinacy in the MACBA Collection

14 September 2017 - 5 May 2019
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

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…

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Poesía Brossa

21 September 2017 - 2 February 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

MACBA presents a comprehensive survey of the work of this pioneering artist, from his early books to his latest visual investigations, and including his work in the theatre, cinema, music and artistic actions. Joan Brossa (Barcelona, 1919-1998) was first and foremost a poet, but we believe it is necessary to see this in relation to his way of working, his poiesis. This exhibition establishes a dialogue and confronts Brossa’s work with the poetry of artists such as Marcel Marien, Nicanor…

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Mercè 2017: Open day

24 September
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

On the occasion of the Mercè festivities, the MACBA offers a special day of open doors with activities aimed at all audiences. PRESENTATIONS OF EXHIBITIONS On the occasion of the celebration of La Mercè, we have prepared a marathon of presentations to the present exhibitions that can be seen in the museum: Poesia Brossa; MACBA Collection. Martha Rosler: God Bless America !; Forensic Architecture. Towards an investigative aesthetic; and Akram Zaatari. Against photography. Annotated history of the Arab Image Foundation.…

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Conference and conversation with Martha Rosler – God Bless America!

26 September
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

On the occasion of the exhibition God Bless America !, Martha Rosler will present a conference in which she will examine, from her particular critical position and feminist perspective, the role of documentary work in the present time of the future. In addition to deepening the analysis of the myths and realities of patriarchal culture, Rosler's work expresses with imperturbable irony a critique of the socioeconomic realities and political ideologies that dominate our daily lives. After the presentation, Rosler will…

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October 2017

Festival LEM – Annual International Meeting of Experimental Music

6 October - 13 October
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

Faithful to its cross-cutting spirit, the XXII edition of the LEM Festival (which celebrates the 124th anniversary of the invention of pataphysics this year) will present experimental works at the frontiers of popular music and of these with other disciplines.

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Muestreo #2. This is mail art

10 October 2017 - 7 January 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

Sampling # 2. This is mail art groups a series of MACBA Archive contents linked to artistic practices that have used mail delivery as a distribution system. Although multiple essays can be found with the postal medium during the avant-garde era, the use of the term mail art-art by mail or postal art-did not extend into the field of artistic experimentation until well into the 1960s. At the outset, these creations of artists for artists are conceived as trade-free exchanges…

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MACBA Collection. Under the surface

11 October 2017 - 1 November 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The exhibition MACBA Collection. Under the surface, which will consist of about thirty works from the MACBA Collection and three from the Contemporary Art Collection of the "La Caixa" Foundation, will be presented on the floor 0 of the museum since October 10 this year Until the same dates of the next 2018. The collected works share the interest in the problems derived from representation and its limits, as well as the concern for the relevance and potential incidence of…

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November 2017
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Rosemarie Castoro. Focus to infinity

9 November 2017 - 15 April 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

Rosemarie Castoro. Focusing on infinity will be the first major institutional retrospective of Castoro's work and will focus on the period 1964-1979. Castoro (1939-2015) began as an artist in the United States at a time when minimalism and conceptualism were part of the New York vanguard. The exhibition will show his work in detail for the first time, revealing the diversity of an artistic practice that includes abstract painting, conceptual art, performative actions in the street and in study, poetry,…

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