THE MACBA COLLECTION

Spiritual Voices. From the Diaries of War. Series: "The Military", 1995Color Bar 1977-1985Ashtray, 197948 Portraits, 1972 (1998)M.I.T. Project, 1990-2009Desenho habitado, 1977Sense Títol, 1972

THE MACBA COLLECTION

The MACBA Collection begins in the fifties, at a time when there were demands for a move towards modernity, not only in this country but in the international sphere. Its collections include the incipient renewal experienced in those years as a manifestation of the potential of the different artistic disciplines to provide a break with the past, something which exploded shortly afterwards.

Without ignoring this original context, the Collection focuses its interest on the artistic production of the 1960s and 1970s. This is a particularly important period as, together with strong upswell of social transformation, artistic creation expressed a considerable part of the languages and registers that would pervade contemporary art during the last decades of the 20th century. It was during these years when the work of art was dematerialised, deriving into minimalist art, arte povera, conceptual art and actionism. These are widely present in our collection, as they opened the way for the incorporation of sound, moving images and the voice into the art practices of the end of the century.

Despite paying special attention to creators in our own cultural context, including Antoni Tàpies, Montadas, Joan Rabascall, Ignasi Aballí, Eulalia Valldosera and Mabel Palacín, the MACBA Collection is marked by a clear international tendency. This tendency is represented by the work of artists like James Coleman, Dieter Roth, Richard Hamilton, Marcel Broodthaers, Gordon Matta-Clark, Joan Jonas, Hans Haacke, Lawrence Weiner, David Goldblatt, Alan Sekula, Krzysztof Wodiczko and other creators, whose work has been fundamental in transforming the paradigm of art. Our interest is currently focused on the art of the Mediterranean and non-hegemonical discourses; we understand a work of art as an artefact or device with meaning that weaves a collective and individual tale, story and subject, conflict and cultural community.