Desires and necessities – New incorporations to the MACBA Collection
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Àngels, 1 , 08001 Barcelona, Spain

The exhibition presents for the first time works acquired over the last three years, next to some highly relevant works from our contemporary heritage. Together they create a dense canvas with multiple versions of beauty, emotion, knowledge and pleasure. The title takes its inspiration from Lawrence Weiner’s Some Objects of Desire, the work that presides over the Atrium at MACBA 2009 and which invites us to reflect on the often-irreconcilable fragility of our relationship with material things.

Curated by Bartomeu Marí, the exhibition features four generations of artists who question in their work the range of possibilities between desire – that which we wish for, independently of whether it is good or just a fact of life – and that which is necessary, without which we cannot exist and which cannot be any other way. Among the desires and necessities, we find the post-photographic condition of John Baldessari or the steep and sinuous routes of freedom and repression in the proposals of Francesc Ruiz, among others. Photography is represented by some excellent works, such as those of Jorge Ribalta and Allan Sekula.

On the other side, MACBA’s interest in the creative effervescence of artists from North Africa and the Middle East, as well as in promoting a new modernity, is reflected by artists such as Walid Raad, Sigalit Landau, Ali Cherri, Iman Issa, Wael Shawky and Oussama Tabti.

The exhibition includes well known works by ‘classic’ contemporary artists of the MACBA Collection such as Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Hamilton, Dieter Roth, Pablo Palazuelo, Gego and Antoni Tàpies. Also featured are emergent artists from the Catalan, such as Patricia Dauder, Iñaki Bonillas, Adrian Melis, Octavi Comeron, Daniela Ortiz and Xosé Quiroga. Finally, there is a selection of works of artists who have had temporary exhibitions at MACBA, such as Rita McBride.


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