Ninety years of social and artistic change, explored through a gallery's own collection. MACBA, Barcelona from 5 October 2018.
This new display is a historical walkthrough of the MACBA’s collection, from 1929 to the present day.
Its overriding theme is conflict: conflict between artistic movements; and between art and wider society. Its focus points move out in concentric rings: there is a discussion of Barcelona, but also of Spain and the West at large.
You’ll learn of Barcelona’s role in the rise of "modernity" and Spain’s contribution to the feminist movements of the 1970s. More broadly, you’ll learn of the clash between utopian politics and social and financial crises; and abstract art as dissent. The response of artists to seminal cultural moments, such as the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s; and in the 1990s, the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas, is explored.
The MACBA is the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Opened in 1995, it documents both modern art as a whole and its relationship to the city.
In keeping with its goal of educating the general public, the MACBA is offering a course to accompany A Short Century. The course will analyze in depth the themes explored in the display. Depending on when you visit Barcelona, you can book into individual sessions at the ticket office for 5€ per person (space allowing).
With its triple focus on Barcelona, Spain and the West, A Short Century will appeal to anyone interested in those histories.
The MACBA building is a fine example of new rationalist architecture, and well worth a visit in itself. Expect clean lines, light-filled spaces and geometrical patterns.