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Is there a common aesthetics for a generation? Is there a joint interest in certain topics shared by those born in a particular period? Why do people of a certain age react similarly to particular artworks in an exhibition? These questions were raised during the study of the works included in the PECAR collection of contemporary artists. This collection was created by a young couple born in the late sixties, for whom one of the main criteria to purchase artworks -above topics or formats- is that the artist belongs to their generation.

Generational Issue is an exhibition consisting of around thirty works and a dozen videos which come from the said collection. They are by both national and foreign artists, most of them born during the sixties. They consist of photos, oil paintings and sculptures which portray a time element, both as regards topics and the way in which they are covered.

The exhibition revolves around four main axes. The first one would be art as a representation of reality, with the spectacular pictures by Candice Breitz, Leandro Erlich and Ángel Mateo Charris. The second hall is devoted to the city, understood as a conglomerate of buildings, but also of people and situations. Here the façades by Frank Thiel and Sarah Morris are in contrast with the pictures of trash by Ester Partegàs or the actions by Gregor Schneider; while the playgrounds by Pierre Huyghe and Carsten Höller lead us to the abstract painting of Suling Wang. The architectural images are completed by the people and situations portrayed on the video programme Urban Lives which closes this section. Works by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Slater Bradley, Regina José Galindo, Muntean & Rosenblum, John Pilson, Sergio Prego, Julian Rosefeldt and Hans Schabusare included.

The idea to bring together artists as different as Manu Arregui, Angela Bulloch, Tacita Dean, Mariko Mori or Bjørn Melhus comes from the sci-fi TV series which allow us to view a 10-year old future. Past and future time references are mixed up in these works, due to the desire to see tomorrow"s architecture in the present and, at the same time, due to future archaeology featured in the old sci-fi series.

The fourth hall is dedicated to images whose dramatic tension anticipates non-explanatory events, which generates an odd vision of the body and the individual (Fikret Atay, Doctor Lakra, Jon Mikel Euba, Pierre Gonnord, Sam Taylor-Wood, Santiago Sierra, Eulàlia Valldosera…). The images force us to do a second reading, due to their configuration and to the instant when they were taken, and to complete an open, sometimes obscure ending.

Generational Issue is an open question about the existence of joint features shared by the iconography of a generation. Artists, critics and curators have answered that question in the exhibition�s catalogue.

Artists: Haluk Akakçe, Darren Almond, Allora y Calzadilla, Manu Arregui, Friket Atay, Slater Bradley, Candice Breitz, Bubiboy, Angela Bulloch, Ángel Mateo Charris, Jan de Cock, Tacita Dean, Dr. Lackra, Elmgreen & Dragset, Leandro Erlich, Jon Mikel Euba, Yang Fudong, Regina Galindo, Carlos Garaicoa, Pierre Gonnord, Douglas Gordon, Jose Antonio Hernández Díez, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Isaac Julien, Björn Melhus, Mariko Mori, Sarah Morris, Muntean & Rosenblum, Ester Partegás, John Pilson, Sergio Prego, Tobias Rehberger, Julian Rosefeldt, Lisa Ruyter, Hans Schabus, Gregor Schneider, Santiago Sierra, Sam Taylor-Wood, Frank Thiel, Wolfgang Tillmans, Eulalia Valldosera, Suling Wang.

GENERATIONAL ISSUE

Kurator: Carlos Urroz

mit Haluk Akakce, Darren Almond, Allora & Calzadilla, Manu Arregui, Fikret Atay, Slater Bradley, Candice Breitz, Bubiboy, Angela Bulloch, Angel Mateo Charris, Jan De Cock, Tacita Dean, Dr. Lakra, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Leandro Erlich, Jon Mikel Euba, Yang Fudong, Regina Galindo, Carlos Garaicoa, Pierre Gonnord, Douglas Gordon, Jose Antonio Hernandez Diez, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Isaac Julien, Bjørn Melhus, Mariko Mori, Sarah Morris, Muntean / Rosenblum, Ester Partegas, John Pilson, Sergio Prego, Tobias Rehberger, Julian Rosefeldt, Lisa Ruyter, Hans Schabus, Gregor Schneider, Santiago Sierra, Sam Taylor-Wood, Frank Thiel, Wolfgang Tillmans, Eulalia Valldosera, Suling Wang