Curator: Santiago Olmo
1 June - 30 September 2018
In 2018, the year the 25th anniversary of the opening of the CGAC building is celebrated, its collection—which started in 1995 as a result of the combination of new purchases and loans from the Xunta de Galicia—is regarded as the powerful backbone of a comprehensive artistic and cultural project for Galicia. The CGAC plays the role of a national contemporary art museum in Galicia.
This means that it is the institution which is most capable of constructing the history (or stories) of art from a public perspective, which requires a commitment to investigative, experimental, study and critical analysis activities.
This approach towards the collection highlights how the combined creation, in the early nineties, of a fine arts faculty in Pontevedra and the CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, radically transformed art made in Galicia. The creation of these institutions has contributed towards disseminating an ever deeper and more complex aesthetic knowledge, which extends towards architecture, commerce and the industry of design and fashion. In turn, this leads to the emergence (as the norm) of highly influential women artists, and fosters—through exhibitions and museum activities—the internationalisation and updating of culture.
In the previous project on the CGAC collection, A Model Kit. Art in Galicia in CGAC Collection, these same issues were present, albeit formulated in a different way. The question then was what kind of narrative on art in Galicia can be constructed from the CGAC collection.
Based on the structure of the assembly and the circuit, and on the argumentative warp that sustains A Model Kit, this new exhibition project outlines contexts for Galician art: first, a Spanish framework, between the nineteen-nineties and the nineteen-eighties, and then, superimposed, an international environment which, from the nineties onwards, reflects the exhibition programming of the CGAC and the purchases of its collection. Thus, the transforming role of the CGAC is highlighted as a comprehensive cultural institution, collection, centre for art and museum, and finally for its architectural significance—so much that it has become a cornerstone for modernising and updating Galicia on an international level.