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Forensic Architecture. Towards an Investigative Aesthetics, at MACBA

► An exhibition that challenges us to consider how contemporary artistic practices and digital technologies can be geared up to engage the reality of post-truth. It shows the work of Forensic Architecture, a research group formed by artists, architects, lawyers, activists and theorists.

► It is supported by the EU’s Culture Programme within the framework of L’Internationale, a museum network whose members will open exhibitions simultaneously. Inaugural events will be streamed live.

► Inaugural discussion between investigative judge Baltasar Garzón, his collaborator Manuel Vergara, former Middle East correspondent for TVE, Yolanda Álvarez,and Eyal Weizman and Rosario Güiraldes (FA) on the use of evidence, activism, the law and politics in the so-called age of post-truth.

Title: Forensic Architecture. Towards an Investigative Aesthetics Opening: Thursday, 27 April 2017, 7.30 pm Dates: 28 April – 15 October 2017 Co-production: MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and MUAC Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City Director of Forensic Architecture: Eyal Weizman Curator: Rosario Güiraldes Conceptualisation: Eyal Weizman, Rosario Güiraldes, Anselm Franke, Christina Varvia

‘Architecture’? ‘Forensic’? These are terms that, when brought together, shift each other’s meaning, giving rise to a different mode of practice. In 2010, Eyal Weizman (Haifa, 1970) created the Forensic Architecture (FA) research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It brings together archives of evidence on contemporary conflicts, creating new analysis methodologies as a form of political intervention in the field of human rights. It is formed by a multidisciplinary team of architects, artists, activists, scientists, lawyers and filmmakers who work to uncover State violence by confronting facts with official accounts. To do this they expand architecture beyond its own limits. Architecture, understood as a ‘political visual form’ using buildings as sensors that accumulate information in their material deformation, is being asked here to include forensic practices.

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MACBA presents "Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation", a monographic exhibition by Akram Zaatari

► The largest solo exhibition in Spain dedicated to Akram Zaatari, artist and co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF).

► A subjective reflection on the AIF and its evolution through the work of Zaatari, the exhibition brings together some twenty series of works (photographs, videos, installations and objects), most of them new.

Title: Akram Zaatari. Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation Opening: Thursday, 6 April 2017, 7.30 pm Dates: 7 April – 25 September 2017 Organisation and production: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea. MMCA Exhibition: April 2018 Curated by: Hiuwai Chu and Bartomeu Marí

Akram Zaatari (Sidon, Lebanon, 1966) is a prominent member of the generation of artists who emerged in Lebanon in the 1990s after the end of the civil war that ravaged the country for over fifteen years. He is also a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, a project promoted in the post-war years by artists and photographers to build from the inside alternative stories to the official visual history written by foreigners. Zaatari's artistic practice focuses on photographic objects, ‘photographic formations or emergences’ as he calls them. The back of a photograph can be as important as its front, as well as the signs that the passage of time leaves on the support. For Zaatari, collecting photographs is a way of undoing and rewriting that is no less important than the act of capturing images.

This exhibition stems from the interest in this critical intersection between the archive and artistic practices and brings together some twenty series of works, most of them new. Through photographs, videos, objects and installations, the exhibition presents a subjective look at the activities and evolution of the Arab Image Foundation, an institution that in its twenty year history has amassed over 600,000 images from the Near East and North Africa. The AIF collections demonstrate the great formal, technological and iconographic changes that have taken place in photography over the last 150 years. Akram Zaatari. Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation, curated for MACBA by Hiuwai Chu, will be shown until 25 September in Barcelona and will travel to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, in 2018, where it will be curated by Bartomeu Marí.

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Nuevo ciclo del PEI, Programa de Estudios Independientes del MACBA

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Lizzie Borden presenta en el MACBA un ciclo de cine con sus primeras creaciones

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El MACBA ha recibido 324.584 visitantes en 2016

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Fundación Banco Santander renueva su colaboración con el Programa de Formación del Profesorado del MACBA

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► El Programa de Formación del Profesorado del MACBA, al que han asistido más de 800 profesores en 2016, se consolida y continuará investigando las conexiones entre arte y renovación pedagógica, con el apoyo de Fundación Banco Santander.

Barcelona, 17 de noviembre – Ayer tuvo lugar en el MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona el acto de firma para la renovación de convenio con Fundación Banco Santander, que confirma un año más su compromiso con la Fundación MACBA, apoyando el Programa de Formación del Profesorado del museo para el curso 2016-2017.

Han asistido a la firma: Antonio Escámez, presidente de Fundación Banco Santander; Borja Baselga, director gerente de Fundación Banco Santander; Ainhoa Grandes, presidenta de la Fundación MACBA; Ferran Barenblit, director del MACBA; Cristina López, directora de la Fundación MACBA; y Pablo Martínez, jefe de Programas del museo.

En 2008 el MACBA lanzó su primer curso de formación del profesorado. Desde 2012 la Fundación Banco Santander, consciente de que la educación es un campo privilegiado para la experimentación artística y el museo un espacio fundamental para la reflexión sobre la renovación pedagógica, presta su apoyo a esta iniciativa.

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MACBA presents "Hard Gelatin. Hidden Stories from the 80s"

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Hard Gelatin. Hidden Stories from the 80s is a revision of the hegemonic account of the period between 1977 and 1992 in Spain, questioned from today’s perspective.

► Over 200 works – half of them from the MACBA Collection – by around sixty artists, together with a large selection of material from the Museum’s Archive and Library Fonds.

► The exhibition is part of a project by L’Internationale, a network of European museums, which invited its members to propose a critical revision of the eighties within their own context.


Title: Hard Gelatin. Hidden Stories from the 80s Opening: Thursday 3 November 2016, 7.30 pm Dates: 4 November 2016 to 19 March 2017 Organisation: Exhibition organised by MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona as part of L’Internationale Curator: Teresa Grandas


The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona presents Hard Gelatin. Hidden Stories from the 80s, a revision of the hegemonic account of the period between 1977 and 1992 in Spain, questioned from today’s perspective. It looks at a series of social, political and economic events in the history of that period, while presenting the work of a number of groups, cultural activists and artists who adopted subversion and a critical refutation of the established order. The project has been developed as part of L’Internationale, a network of six European museums, which invited its members to propose a critical revision of the eighties within their own context.

The exhibition brings to the fore some of the hidden stories by asking questions and challenging the official narrative and dominant discourses. It is structured around seven possible accounts: Forgotten memory, on anti-history, counter-information and the omission of the recent past; Blind spots, from autonomous groups to democratic institutionalisation; From blue overalls to white collars, from the dismantling of workers’ movements to industrial restructuring; In the neighbourhood of my dreams, from real estate to the city as spectacle; Beautiful losers, on drugs and prisons; Stolen words, counterculture versus the art institution; and Gaseous state, on otherness and escapism as a weapon, the imaginary world. Hard Gelatin brings together over 200 works by 59 artists, half of them from the MACBA Collection, together with a large selection of material from the Museum’s Archive and Library Fonds. Also included are films, documentaries, TV programmes, magazines, comics, fanzines, artworks and anti-artistic exercises, among other materials.

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"MIRALDA MADEINUSA" at MACBA

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► This is the first presentation of the work made by Antoni Miralda in the United States, from 1972 until the late nineties.

► Curated by Vicent Todolí, the exhibition recreates the installations and collective projects in which Miralda delves into rituals and ceremonies and their symbolism, such as Honeymoon Project, Wheat & Steak and Movable Feast, among many others.

► Every Friday and Saturday evening, the work El Internacional Tapas Bar & Restaurant will be activated. An experiment integrating cooking and art, this was the first tapas bar in the United States and an icon of Manhattan’s neighbourhood of Tribeca.

Santa Comida, a key work in the MACBA Collection, will be recreated at the Capella. Visitors are invited to enrich the installation by making their own offering. It includes a carpet made with African fabrics that was presented at the Expo 2000 in Hannover.

Title: MIRALDA MADEINUSA Opening: Friday 21 October 2016, 7.30 pm Dates: 22 October 2016 – 9 April 2017 Production: MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Curator: Vicent Todolí

‘The art of sampling becomes a metaphor for the experience of aesthetic consumerism’, said Vicent Todolí, curator of MIRALDA MADEINUSA, in 1984. The exhibition presents all the American projects of the artist Antoni Miralda (Terrassa, 1942), seen here together for the first time. It recreates fifteen of the works made in the United States, manifesting the artist’s interest in coexistence in the public space, the ephemeral, a critical and poetic spirit, and humour, to create a body of work that turns an act as universal as eating into a creative universe.

When Miralda arrived in the United States in 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, the country was experiencing a period of great upheaval, with all kinds of social and political movements challenging the system. The discovery of American culture, then at its most creative, with its air of freedom and the feeling that anything was possible, acted as a catalyst in Miralda’s universe. Taking food as material for his work, he began to create collective and social projects in which he delved into rituals and ceremonies and their symbolism. Based on the artist’s own personal archive, the exhibition reconstructs some of the key installations from that time, shown in chronological order from the early seventies to the late nineties. Also included is a wide selection of materials explaining the genesis of his work, comprising audiovisual recordings of actions and events, drawings, sketches, photographs and various documentary materials, most of which are presented here for the first time.

MIRALDA MADEINUSA features the following projects: Sangría 228 West B’Way, Edible Landscape, Food Situation for a Patriotic Banquet, The Seattle Banquet, Food Demonstration, Movable Feast, Red Die #2, Labor Day Festa, Breadline, Wheat & Steak, Miami Projects, Santa Comida, El Internacional Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Honeymoon Project and Bigfish Mayaimi.

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MACBA presents its new team and advance programme

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►Tanya Barson, Chief Curator; Pablo Martínez, Head of Programming; and Josep M. Carreté, Chief Executive Officer, have already joined MACBA’s team.

►A new Assessing Committee has been formed, comprised of Catherine David, Chris Dercon, Estrella de Diego and Cuauhtémoc Medina.

►Now in its sixth edition, the Independent Study Programme has appointed new academic staff, including Lucía Egaña, Marcelo Expósito, Marina Garcés, Dora García, Emilio Santiago Muíño and Jaime Vindel.

► Forthcoming exhibitions at MACBA include: MIRALDA MADEINUSA; Hard Gelatin; Akram Zaatari. Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation; Forensic Architecture and Poesia Brossa.

► In the coming year MACBA will have a similar budget to that of 2016 and will enjoy a healthy fiscal standing thanks to increased funding from the Ajuntament de Barcelona and the Generalitat de Catalunya. The Ministry of Culture’s contribution will remain the same as in 2016.

The Museum and its Responsibilities will be the title of the next annual conference of CIMAM, International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, which will be held at MACBA in November 2016.

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