Curator: Santiago Olmo
30 June - 2 October 2016
The core of any museum is its collection. The collection is a patrimonial symbol of a shared cultural memory. A territory and a culture build their identity through memory. In order to keep the memory active and not just nostalgic, it needs to be critical and self-critical, willing to continually revise itself. The function of a museum is to create one such memory and to keep it alive through countless re-readings, interpretations and research that question and that do not shy away from difficult perspectives. The temporary displays are intimately connected and linked to the collection, being as they are, another aspect of the museum's memory, a way to enrich the collection and also to accompany the artists that remain closer, those that contribute to the symbolic enrichment of the culture.
Within this project of contextualization and revision of CGAC’s collection, four expositive proposals are displayed, in which different themes are developed and which embody a counter-dialogue with other collections, public and private, linked with the CGAC and Galicia: Galician public and private collections, museum collections with which the CGAC shares temporary displays (CAAC of Sevilla and MUN of Pamplona) or collections that have maintained a special link with the CGAC, like the ARCO Collection and its current venue in CA2M of Móstoles.
States of Exception
The work of diverse artists present in the collection proposes a critical vision, difficult and uncomfortable in the current historical moment, where fear, terrorism, war and its memories, emigration and exile keep us on the edge of a knife. What is at stake is the permanence and strengthening of an open society focused on rights and democracy in the face of threats that include jihadism, religious communitarianism, xenophobia, racism and intolerance as well as approaches that democratic states themselves employ.
The exhibit deals with the dangers of permanent ‘states of exception’ that serve as a shelter that sacrifices liberty for security. Based on the work of Johan Grimonprez about the history of airplane hijackings since the sixties and seventies, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, the display tries to explore the problems in recent history, like the impact of 911 (Thomas Ruff), the debate over human rights and their violation (Thomas Locher), the military implosion of the Middle East in the Syria-Lebanon space (Walid Raad, Jaicer Salloum, Valentín Vallhonrat), the impact of immigration, walls and fences and the integration of immigrants (Xavier Ribas, Eskö Männikkö) and the protection of our civilization represented by writers and philosophers (Ana Teresa Ortega). The display further proposes a series of documentary videos about the walls and fences erected in the world from an ideological and political perspective (Berlin, Gorica, Nicosia, etc.), as well as a small, direct-access library that will allow the visitors to consult an indispensable bibliography to understand the political challenges of our time.
Essay for a Visual Culture
Hall, First Floor, Project Space
Regarding the visual and epistemological problems presented in Sokurov's Elegy of a Voyage and based on other works emblematic of the CGAC Collection, such as those by Mona Hatoum, Liam Gillick, José Pedro Croft and Nacho Criado, contexts are proposed as a way to accompany and discuss other public and private collections associated or linked in some manner to the CGAC. The exhibition also includes series or collected works from Galician artists like Misha Bies Golas and Manuel Eirís, in an attempt to show the necessity of a public collection that follows the artist's trajectory and the acquisition of complete series that allow for a better reading of their immediate artistic context in relation to the international scene.
The CGAC boasts one of the most interesting video collections in all of the public museums of Spain, which all previous directors have contributed to engross by acquiring films and works related to cinematography and the moving picture. This exhibition includes a video lounge in CGAC’s Project Space, which is meant to be a gathering place for the public interested in audiovisual production. A selection of videos, structured thematically and chronologically will be continuously displayed in this space.
Lector Audio Recording [galician] (Ángel Calvo and Manuel Eirís, 12 July 2016)
Lector Audio Recording [galician] (Misha Bies Golas, Manuel Martí Figueiras and Jorge Varela, 13 July 2016)
Louise Bourgeois. Cell
This show is presented as a case study of institutional collectionism in Spain. At the end of the nineteen-nineties, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo acquired a piece by the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois for 100 million pesetas, which were furnished in two payments (without interest). This purchase sparked a bitter debate in the Sevillian press, not to mention the Andalucian artistic community. In a few years’ time the piece appreciated in value exponentially and stands today as a unique and visionary example of collectionism in the Spanish museum landscape. In Galicia, the Jove Foundation, which has in its collection a cast piece by this same artist, is also a standout example. A collection that supposes an increase in the public heritage can only be consolidated by an appropriate budget.