New exhibition at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies

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The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is hosting an exhibition on the artist Anna Maria Maiolino (curated by Helena Tatay), a Brazilian artist of Italian origin (Scalea, 1942). The retrospective includes drawings, photographs, films, sculptures, installations and a series of ephemeral pieces made of clay, created specifically for the exhibition, just days before the inauguration in collaboration with students and other professionals.

Even though Maiolino does not belong to the neo-concrete movement, in the 1960s she participated, together with Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, in this movement’s exhibitions and activities. The neo-concrete movement defended the body’s recuperation and the art’s subjectivity; moving away from the geometric abstraction that dominated the Brazilian art world. The current exhibition represents the artist’s first retrospective show in Europe.

This exhibition and Maiolino’s personal trajectory are part of the Fundació’s programme on artists who question the economic, geographic, political, technical and cultural conditions in which they operate through their art. No artistic practice is independent of its place of origin, the form and, thus, the technique, period and connection with other artists, arts and situations. And even though these practices go through diverse cultural realities, they are not assimilated to common forms and speeches. These are complex, transgressive, and often fluctuating practices, which seek to escape from a type of vocabulary that would like to control, order and fix artistic practices. In 2010 and 2011, the Fundació is exhibiting the work of Eva Hesse, Bracha Ettinger, Ria Verhaeghe, Anna Maria Maiolino, Ibon Aranberri, Pere Noguera, and Imogen Stidworthy, all of whom manifest those realities.

The Anna Maria Maiolino exhibition also represents the meeting point and fusion of disciplines. In fact, one of the works in clay has given students and ceramists the opportunity to get to know the artist’s creative process first hand. And another work, Entrevidas (Between lives), will be transformed into a scene of choreographic experiments by dancers. In addition, one of the contributors to the exhibition’s book, the Art Historian Griselda Pollock, will direct a workshop, organised by the Fundació in collaboration with the Universitat de Girona (in Barcelona, the workshop will be attended by students from several university departments). These associations with other institutions and disciplines are also an example of the programmes we want to develop at the Fundació, beyond activities for families, school groups, the elderly, etc., which already take place regularly, making the exhibition an active experience.


Laurence Rassel

Director of Fundació Antoni Tàpies

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