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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 2016
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Andrea Fraser. L’1%, c’est moi

22 April 2016 - 4 September 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

What do we want from art? Andrea Fraser (Billings, Montana 1965) addresses this question in her work and looks at the motivations of a wide range of cultural agents including artists, collectors, gallerists, patrons and audiences. Associated with institutional critique, and informed by feminism, psychoanalysis and the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social fields, the core of Fraser’s work is a piercing analysis of the social fabric of the art world, exploring its internal mechanisms together with the political, economic…

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May 2016
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PUNK. Its Traces in Contemporary Art

13 May 2016 - 25 September 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

MACBA presents this coproduction between CA2M, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo de la Comunidad de Madrid, ARTIUM, Centro Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria, and el Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico and the Ciudad de Mexico, curated by David G. Torres. Featuring over sixty artists, both national and international, the exhibition traces a journey through the influence of punk in contemporary art and echoes the importance of its presence as an attitude and as a referent for many creators. It…

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June 2016
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MACBA Collection 31

6 June 2016 - 2 June 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

A museum’s collection is not only one of its areas of work, but something by which it defines its traits and characteristics and which gives the museum its unique personality. The collection, which should be closely linked to the exhibitions and public programmes of the institution, is constructed as a network, sensitively questioning the inflexions of the world to which it belongs. There are multiple discourses included in the MACBA Collection. The Collection has been articulated as it grew, and…

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September 2016
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Akram Zaatari – Against photography. An annotated history of the Arab Image Foundation

23 September 2016 - 2 April 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The archives of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) in Beirut, Lebanon, encompass a plethora of photographic material from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora. Initiated and developed by artists interested in photographic preservation, the AIF emerged as a place dedicated to the understanding of photography and the practices of collecting, preserving and sharing images. The AIF’s initial collection was a result of research generated by artists’ projects, leading to a new type of institution and a different…

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Box Size DIE featuring Caustic – live MACBA

24 September 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The death metal band Caustic will reactivate the piece Box Size DIE artist João Onofre, part of the exhibition PUNK. His traces in contemporary art. Box Size DIE recovers the aesthetics of the piece Die (1962) Toni Smith to transform it into a sealed container sound proof. Caustic will test him in a peculiar concert, which will last restricted to the amount of oxygen consumed go inside and that the public receive only the vibrations. +info

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October 2016

Agnès Pe – live MACBA

1 October 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

Agnès Pe working in the sound beyond the limits set forth by any musical genre. His work is characterized by an attitude of fun and overwhelming, covering the parameters of the lo-fi music and plunderfónica, always looking for new ways to relate to the elements recomposed by atonality, altered screeching melodies and textures. Classic, eurodancesinfónico, melodies punch, blackmidi, happy slapped, terminal punk, humpatech, crossover thrash, not gender, midtechno, Powermid hardlaptop and Speedy are some of the labels to define their…

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B-Anime Film Festival

1 October 2016 - 2 October 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

B-ANIME Barcelona Anime Festival is a film festival / theater for Free youth. It aims to show films, short films, television series and bring part of Japanese pop culture to our country. Alongside projections workshops, activities, exhibitions, live art and lectures, among other proposals are made. The spirit of the festival is to create an event aimed at teenagers but where the whole family can participate. The festival aims to give visibility to anime productions of unprecedented quality in Barcelona,…

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Wunderkammer – live MACBA

15 October 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Wunderkammer (literally camera wonderland, places where, at the time of the great explorations, a multitude of rare objects collected them ) is the collaborative and open to ethnological experimentation between the artist and musician Enrique Doza and dj project Xavier Riembau. His live shows are unpredictable sound for planet Earth and beyond improvisations. With the help of a mixer, some dishes, a few pedals, drum machines and keyboards, lead the journey to places that even they have visited. And so…

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Miralda. Madeinusa

21 October 2016 - 9 April 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

With a career spanning five decades, Antoni Miralda (Terrassa, Spain, 1942) has turned something as universal as food into a creative universe. Having moved to Paris in 1962, Miralda pioneered a type of artistic practice that centred on the collective rituals that celebrate the ceremonial act of eating by using colour and its symbolism. The critic Pierre Restany valued his individual work, as well as his collaborations with artists such as Daniel Spoerri, Joan Rabascall, Dorothée Selz and Jaume Xifra.…

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Circle of barbers – MACBA se vive

22 October 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

In a reciprocal system parts are interrelated and action causes reactions in all interdependent parts, to the extent that can generate a chain reaction. Llobet & Pons are proposing a performance by a group of hairdressers, placed in rows and forming a circle. Each cuts his hair in front of him while behind it is cutting him, closing a reciprocal circle. The remains of performance (a circle of hair on the floor) will be exposed to the public: a fragile…

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La Tribu Inefable – MACBA se vive

29 October 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

La Tribu Inefable is a dance group formed by young people with and without functional diversity that is incorporated into the Integrated Orchestra, a project of ARTransforma that brings together diverse young musicians in a creative process together. The group has worked with choreographer Jordi Cortés and musicians Santi Carcassonne and Queralt Prats, in a process that encourages the encounter, sharing, inclusion, individual and group creativity, and explores the links between people and the arts, emphasizing the link between music and…

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November 2016
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Hard gelatin

4 November 2016 - 5 February 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

On 22 August 1979, the editorial in the newspaper El Pais entitled ‘Reform, break up and symbols’ reflected on the years following the dictatorship and the ‘peaceful and gradual’ transition to a parliamentary monarchy led by ‘politicians and professionals from the previous regime, who had acquired their skills and capabilities by being pragmatic and serving a power that had systematically denied, in theory and in practice, the rights and freedoms of constitutional democracy’. We have paid a high ‘moral and…

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Porest – MACBA se vive

5 November 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Over the years, Porest (Mark Gergis) has left a trail of sound baffling agitprop, tilted pop, diabolic radioteatro pieces and carefully rearranged reality shows in Abduction, Seeland and Resipiscent seals. The blatant misappropriation makes Porest of human syntax and cultural misunderstanding generates vital mixture powerful messages. Among others, Porest has collaborated with Aavikko (Finland), Sun City Girls (USA) and Negativland (USA). Gergis co-founded the experimental group dedicated to music and performance Mono Pause, and also its epígono Neung Phak, playing…

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Sampler Series. MACBA se vive

26 November 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

Sampler Series features within the program MACBA LIVES a double concert with percussionist Luis Tabuenca and guitarist Ferran Fages. Percussionist, composer and improviser Luis Tabuenca (Zaragoza, 1980) soloing, a collection of four single percussion. Three of them are inspired by prints from the Caprichos series Aragonese painter Francisco de Goya; the fourth is a reflection on memory. One of the most representative percussion solos for the twentieth century, written by Vinko Gobokar, complete the program. Guitarist, composer and improviser Ferran…

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December 2016

Volmir Cordeiro + Air-condition – Sâlmon Festival. MACBA se vive

3 December 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

19 h RUE. Volmir Cordeiro The street is open to another. Street invents languages, types, home to vagrants and lends its stage to artists who take refuge in it. Prowl is an excellent invention of the street. The street has invented the class, race, anxiety, blood; we is not never escapes, all we know. Congregates people, the sordid manifestations, is there for us; and we think we represent the "we" when we are in the street. But it's a lie.…

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International Seminar “The eighties against the grain”

14 December 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Free entrance. With previous inscription. Limited capacity. More information and registration http://bit.ly/seminari-vuitanta-contrapel This activity is developed within the framework of L'Internationale and will have simultaneous English-Spanish translation. The seminar is divided into three distinct thematic blocks: "Global Mobilization and Deregulation: The Foundations of Neo-liberal Governmentality", "Stories of the Counterculture" and "Dissident Sexualities." In each block, after brief presentations of thirty minutes of each project, discussion tables will be held. Program 11.00 h - Welcome by Ferran Barenblit, director of the…

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Gold Dust Rush – MACBA se vive

17 December 2016
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

"Gold Dust Fever," so we can translate the title of this choreography alluding to festive delirium, mystical fever, physiological disorder that is one of the fundamental concepts of assembly. The choreographer and dancer Eulàlia Bergadà proposes a visual and sound trip around the concept of delirium, understood as a cathartic state (liberating and destructive at the same time) driven by the illusory fascination that allows a fetish of any kind-and is sacred or profane drag and bewitch with its promise…

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January 2017

Talking galleries

16 January 2017 - 17 January 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Talking Galleries, the leading international platform dedicated to contemporary galleries debates, presents the Barcelona 2017 Symposium with the title Consolidating Gallery Strategies. An unavoidable event that has as main objective to reinforce the practice of the gallery and to promote its development. During the 16th and 17th of January, the Symposium Barcelona 2017 will bring together a prominent, active and dynamic community to promote the exchange, discussion and construction of unpublished and specific knowledge in relation to the practice of…

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April 2017
Free

Akram Zaatari and Hiuwai Chu. Conversation – Conversation prior to the inauguration of “Akram Zaatari, Against Photography, Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation”

6 April 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

On the occasion of the Akram Zaatari exhibition. Against photography. Annotated history of the Arab Image Foundation, Hiuwai Chu, curator of the exhibition, talks with the artist and co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) about the multiple conditions of photographic documents, their inscription on artistic discourse and the possibility of generating New readings and stories from them. +info

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Sampling # 1 – Documents on the scene

7 April 2017 - 22 September 2017
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 2017 - 15 October 2017
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 2017 - 15 October 2017
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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June 2017

Interventions in the Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation – Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh

8 June 2017 - 14 June 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

This series of interventions by Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh aims to reflect on the status of a digital photography collection from Burj al-Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. The collection, assembled in collaboration with the villagers between 2001 and 2011, is conditioned by ambivalent positions regarding their storage, use and circulation. Interventions describe, comment on and refer to the photographs in the collection, and thus broaden the concept of photographic image. Making a performance of the photographs, instead of merely…

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July 2017

N.M.O. – Lorem Ipsum

6 July 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

N.M.O. Norwegian artist Morten J. Olsen and Ruben Patiño from Barcelona carry the legacy of Fluxus from a disciplined practice close to martial exercise and extreme gymnastic practice, with the same naturalness with which his rave, techno and derivative structures embrace the drum and the Computer music. Often hidden under mutant iterations of their acronym, such as Natalia Martinez Ordoñez, Nassau Molasses Office or Navngitt Mønster Opptog, their works have been published in labels like Diagonal, Anomia, The Vinyl Factory…

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Alex Mendizabal y Judy Dunaway – Lorem Ipsum

13 July 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

ALEX MENDIZABAL The practice of Alex Mendizabal is characterized by the construction of instruments and sound spatialization and often adopts unusual forms, such as blind films, concerts in movement or underwater music. This musician and composer from San Sebastian based in Rome has spent thirty years researching different areas of music and sound. His proposals range from music for orchestra to experiments with graphical notation, scores of less than a second or concerts for geological movements. In 1996 he decided…

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Felofón and Goodiepal & Pals – Lorem Ipsum

20 July 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

FELOFÓN Fela Borbone is an autodidact, electronic circuit exorcist and inventor of the Mierdofón, a device built from the personal computer Amstrad CPC which, through a program written in BASIC, controls rods driven by electromagnets that beat different percussion instruments (cans, drums, trays ). It also uses guitars modified with homemade tablets. Its activity also extends to the generation of manuals, like Rocanrol for the fucking nose, in which it explains the manufacture and the operation of its instruments, that…

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Lina Lapelyte – Lorem Ipsum

27 July 2017
Capella MACBA, Pl Àngels, 7, 08001 Barcelona España + Google Map

Candy Shop is a song, a piece of chamber music, an intervention, a provocation, an audition and a dance class. Candy Shop converts the underlying power plays into rap songs into lullabies, through an account of beauty, genre and everyday life. It is an opera interpreted by a septet of female voices, a male choir, a percussionist and orchestral band, with a combination of hip-hop, electronic and video texts, which invites a collective meditation on hierarchies of power. The driving…

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September 2017
Free

Mercè 2017: Open day

24 September 2017
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 2017
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 2017 - 13 October 2017
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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The Maids. II Han Nefkens Foundation-MACBA Award

28 October 2017 - 8 January 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The second edition of the Han Nefkens-MACBA Foundation prize, inaugurated in 2011, was awarded to the Iranian collective formed by Ramin and Rokn Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. The jury that chose them determined that the joint work of this group of artists established in Dubai, who collaborate since 2009, is distinguished from the dominant trends in the current world of art for the recovery of the importance of experience and sensuality in his work . If its facilities, of marked…

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December 2017

The Concept of Dust – Conference-performance by Yvonne Rainer

19 December 2017 - 20 December 2017
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

CONFERENCE-PERFORMANCE OF YVONNE RAINER Tuesday 19 December, 19 h Location: MACBA Auditorium DANCE Wednesday 20 December, 20 h Location: Teatre del CCCB The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project - Altered Annually [The concept of dust. (2014) is an ongoing work that interrelates formal dance with various texts dealing with aging and death, personal stories and material quoted from different sources, such as the ancient dynasties of the Middle East (Metropolitan Museum ), paleontological discoveries (New York Times) or literary quotations.…

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