Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona
Parc de Montjuïc
artists & participants
16.03.2023 — 02.07.2023
Imaginary Friends Paola Pivi, Kasper Bosmans, Polly Apfelbaum, Meschac Gaba, Afra Eisma, Pipilotti Rist , Martin Creed, Erwin Wurm, Jeppe Hein
Curated by: Patrick Ronse and Martina Millà
Imaginary Friends presents a selection of interactive contemporary works to familiarise children and the general public with today’s emerging art
Contemporary art changes constantly as new artists appear on the scene and innovative languages are constructed, materials are diversified and fresh discourses are formulated. Imaginary Friends is an interactive exhibition that aims to provide insights into this changing art for visitors of every age, in particular the very young.
The artist and the artwork, as an imaginary friend, have to be capable of creating a space between the spectator and reality in which anything is possible, a space for play and discovery. Imaginary Friends will enable visitors to delve into the world of contemporary art in a pleasant, fun and accessible way. The exhibition is intended to accompany the spectator as they discover and become familiar with renowned artists and to encourage them to lose their fear of contemporary art.
The exhibition structure is based on nine installations, some of them classics and others newly created, distributed around the exhibition rooms of the Fundació Joan Miró and in other parts of the museum. Most of the installations are interactive and reflect topical issues linked to play and leisure, as well as other concerns, that the artists have addressed in their works.
The exhibits are by artists from different backgrounds and generations, among them Paola Pivi, Kasper Bosmans, Polly Apfelbaum, Meschac Gaba, Afra Eisma, Pipilotti Rist and Martin Creed, most of whom will be showing work for the first time in a museum in Spain.
You will find Erwin Wurm and Jeppe Hein creations at Room 14 and Olive Tree patio.