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Existencias/ Project overview On 21 September MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, is to present Existencias, its third major project drawn from the MUSAC Collection after Emergencias, the museum’s opening exhibition that began on 1 April, 2005 and Fusion, Aspects of Asian Culture in the MUSAC Collection, that took place between December, 2005 and April, 2006. The show will take over the museum’s entire exhibition space (5 halls, Laboratorio 987 and the Showcase Project: over 4,000 sq m in total), introducing the work of over 200 Spanish and international artists held in the MUSAC Collection. Unlike the opening exhibition, which engaged with contemporary artists’ political and social concerns, Existencias does not follow a specific theme. On the contrary, it goes with the flow of art collecting’s inherent tendency towards accumulation and selection. Through this cumulative presentation, reminiscent of the Baroque salons and cabinets, the intention is, on the one hand, to underline certain concepts inherent to generating an institutional collection (accumulation, a diversity and blending of disciplines), and on the other to reappraise our ways of seeing as determined by this cumulative use of space.
In line with the exhibition, the museum will publish Volume II; a progress report on the collection since 2005. The book covers a number of works by a total of 122 artists, focusing on those that have been shown in the museum’s exhibitions to date. The book will also include essays and the works’ cataloguing details.
One of the project’s key elements is a seminar on art collecting today: Collecting Today, to be held on 6 and 7 October at MUSAC. Professionals from both public bodies (museums and institutions) and private initiatives (private collectors) will share their experiences, address their perceived threats and field suggestions, as part of a global assessment of the relevance of collecting in today’s international contemporary art world. MUSAC is an institution supported by the Castilla y León Regional Government’s Culture and Tourism Department, through the Siglo para las Artes Foundation.
Existencias / The Exhibition (Catalogue text by Rafael Doctor) The MUSAC’s architectural space will be treated as a warehouse, where the works will be displayed in a way that is different from the usual manner in contemporary museography. We have resorted to the idea of the Baroque cabinet that defined the great salons until the early 20th century and was recovered to a certain extent by some avant-garde movements, in order to display works without the element of “blank space”, today so broadly accepted as the only possible context for reading a work of art. At the same time, by pre-empting any possibility of a dogmatic or linear reading of the exhibition, the aim of the exhibition is to leave the viewer entirely free to find his or her own path and approach to experiencing an exhibition such as this.
The intention in designing this show was to invert the physical space we operate in, thus transforming the exhibition halls into a true storage facility, where viewers can browse all the work that has been carried out to date and where a metaphor of our time could be provided through the trends that the MUSAC collection’s progression has gradually defined.
Themes, works, authors and media will be mixed and mismatched within a space conceived as a diverse galaxy rich in surprises and excess. A journey through the exhibition will be suggested as a grand experience, likely to challenge the viewer with a barrage of questions, not only regarding the nature of art today, but also and more essentially, on the world we live in. Without the cover of a topic, hanging work in its bare directness, devoid of the usual sublimation provided by an empty space, the intention is to generate an unexpected conversation, and above all to allow each viewer to develop a new awareness.
The collection’s works in two dimensions will be hung in an arrangement resembling storage racks, whilst sculptures will be given only the space they strictly require. The only element resembling a plotline to the exhibition will be an indication of those works that have been shown in the museum over the past two years, as opposed to those that are new to the public.
Though the initial intention was to show all the works acquired by MUSAC since establishing its collection, many have been left out due to limitations of space. However, the idea of cramming the halls to capacity with as much art as possible capturing the sense of accumulation implicit to any collection has been preserved. Volumes I and II will merge together, seeking a critical response to the noise generated by their sheer physical presence.
The artists Though the viewing experience is suggested as an immersion into a multifarious galaxy, there will be a core spatial progression defined by certain works that speak for themselves on the issues we intend to raise. The course sets out from Montserrat Soto’s installation Paisaje secreto (Secret Landscape). Doors leading onto different private collections are a first step into our own. Likewise, Alicia Martín’s wall of exploding books, Contemporáneos, draws our attention to a universe where accumulation will be the guiding thread, leading into an oversized cabinet crammed with works, not unlike Candida Höfer’s vision of a hall at the Louvre, or the vast landscape of paintings created by Perejaume. We are facing the cumulative excess of Western history itself. Beyond this point, a massive cabinet nearly 80 m long will display an array of the Collection’s paintings and photographs in different media and on different themes. In parallel to this space, Julian Rosefeldt’s piece Asylum will be shown as a metaphor of a diverse world governed by work where unity cannot be. Other installations and sculptures by Marina Abramovic, William Kentridge, Christian Jankowski, Tobias Rehberger, Hussein Chalayan and Paul Pfeiffer, amongst others, will lead the way to MUSAC’s main hall, which will be hung with most of the collection’s two dimensional work shown in previous exhibitions. Here we will see the deposit in deposit. The path will continue through works revolving around light and direct experience of it, with pieces by Daniel Canogar, Jennifer Steinkamp, Atom Egoyan, Juliao Sarmento and Charles Sandison. Finally, a large hall with works by Wolfgang Tillmans, MP & MP Rosado, Maximo Vitali, Francesc Ruiz and Barry McGee, all loaded with an excess of visual noise, will complete the course, which will however be left open through its extensions in the Showcase, displaying a selection of drawings, and Laboratorio 987, with Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s work Zidane: A 21st century portrait.
A quest through excess for an exhibition that intends to discuss that very excess. A path of suggestion where viewers are forced to engage and adopt a personal stance when faced with contemporary works in an unfamiliar presentation.
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Künstler: Antoni Abad, Ignasi Aballi, Marina Abramovic, Olga Adelantado, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Ana Laura Alaez, Pilar Albarracin, Lara Almarcegui, Hugo Alonso, Pablo Alonso, Carlos Amorales, Eugenio Ampudia, Alexander Apostol, Javier Arce, Manu Arregui, Artemio, Kutlug Ataman, Fikret Atay, Javier Ayarza, Shoja Azari, Aziz & Cucher, Txomin Badiola, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Matthew Barney, Tono Barreiro, Gabriele Basilico, Sergio Belinchon, Emese Benczur, Bene Bergado, Natividad Bermejo, Mira Bernabeu, Jordi Bernado, Marc Bijl, Vicente Blanco, Bleda y Rosa, Eelco Brand, Candice Breitz, Olaf Breuning, Fernando Bryce, Francois Bucher, Daniele Buetti, Daniel Canogar, Biel Capllonch, Filipa Cesar, Hussein Chalayan, Patty Chang, Raimond Chaves, Salvador Cidras, Phil Collins, Jordi Colomer, Carles Congost, Mujeres Creando, Gregory Crewdson, Felix Curto, Ricky Davila, Luc Delahaye, Juan Delgado, Gabriel Diaz, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Diller & Scofidio, Dr. Lakra , Marcel Dzama, Atom Egoyan, El Perro, Olafur Eliasson, Jon Mikel Euba, Elena Fernandez Prada, Leopoldo Ferran, Otero Ferran, Roland Fischer, Joan Fontcuberta, Alicia Framis, Till Freiwald, Philipp Fröhlich, Jorge Galindo, Sandra Gamarra, Carmela Garcia, Dora Garcia, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Alberto Garcia-Alix, Kirsten Geisler, John Gerrard, Anthony Goicolea, Ruth Gomez, Pierre Gonnord, Douglas Gordon, Inaki Gracenea, Paul Graham, Andreas Gursky, Chus Gutierrez, Federico Guzman, Lyle Ashton Harris, Federico Herrero, Thomas Hirschhorn, Nicolai Howalt, Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler, Pierre Huyghe, Candida Höfer, Alfredo Jaar, Christian Jankowski, Juande Jarillo, Jen Liu, Francesco Jodice, Isaac Julien, Jesper Just, Kaoru Katayama, William Kentridge, Immo Klink, Ellen Kooi, Sigalit Landau, Annika Larsson, Abigail Lazkoz, Miki Leal, Carlos Leon, Zilla Leutenegger, Juan Lopez, Marcos Lopez, Valeriano Lopez, Rogelio Lopez Cuenca, John Lovett / Alessandro Codagnone, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Cristina Lucas, Jorge Macchi, Cova Macias, Tobias Madörin, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gilda Mantilla, Angel Marcos, Alicia Martin, Enrique Marty, Angel Masip, Mateo Mate, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinley, Ryan McGinness, Julie Mehretu, Bjørn Melhus, Xisco Mensua, Aernout Mik, Boris Mikhailov, Tracey Moffatt, Ian Monroe, Julia Montilla, Juan Luis Moraza, Felicidad Moreno, Joan Morey, Yasumasa Morimura, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Dave Muller, Multiplicity, Vik Muniz, Muntean / Rosenblum, Alexandra Navratil, Shirin Neshat, Rivane Neuenschwander, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Oligatega Numeric, Marina Nunez, Angel Nunez Pombo, Motohiko Odani, Itziar Okariz, Joao Onofre, Julian Opie, Tony Oursler, Philippe Parreno, Perejaume , Concha Perez, Juan Perez Agirregoikoa, Jorge Perianes, Paul Pfeiffer, Jorge Pineda, Marjetica Potrc, Diego del Pozo, Ana Prada, Concha Prada, Silvia Prada, Sergio Prego, Gonzalo Puch, Sven Pahlsson, Tere Recarens, Tobias Rehberger, Fernando Renes, Rosangela Renno, Xavier Ribas, La Ribot , Pipilotti Rist, Clare E. Rojas, Mp & Mp Rosado, Julian Rosefeldt, Lukas Roth, Daniel Rozin, Thomas Ruff, Francesc Ruiz, Ixone Sadaba, Manuel Saiz, Simeon Saiz Ruiz, Anri Sala, Pepo Salazar, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa), Gervasio Sanchez, Domingo Sanchez Blanco, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Charles Sandison, Nestor Sanmiguel, Julião Sarmento, Martin Sastre, Hiraki Sawa, Markus Schinwald, Corinna Schnitt, Allan Sekula, Andres Serrano, Shirana Shahbazi, Yinka Shonibare, MBE , Santiago Sierra, Sean Snyder, Kim Sooja, Montserrat Soto, Jennifer Steinkamp, Do-Ho Suh, Superflex , Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt, Tabaimo , Fiona Tan, Sam Taylor-Wood, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Trans Editions , Ignacio Uriarte, Urraco , Eulalia Valldosera, Joana Vasconcelos, Manuel Vazquez, Xavier Veilhan, Daniel G. Verbis, Massimo Vitali, Gillian Wearing, Thomas Werner, Yang Fudong, Maria Zarraga, Zhang Huan