OVERVIEWMAY 17 to MAY 18Educational
Dates and Opening hoursMAY 17 to MAY 18, 2013
MACBA Auditorium. Booking requirements will be updated soon.
The Philippe Méaille Collection of Art & Language works comprehends the most variegated categories of art: writing notes, typescripts, documents, essays, photostats, periodicals, publications of all sorts, books, drawings and paintings, and last but not least, the fragments of an ongoing conversation. The sheer heterogeneity of this production is an essential characteristic of the history of Art & Language, quite often mistaken as a history of Conceptual Art that went awry. The theory, art objects and a narrative that embraces them suggests that the practice of Art & Language is somehow self-sufficient – indeed, separate and distinct from Conceptual Art. Now all these materials must find their way through the museum, an institution eager to see the dust settle down and the necessary discussions begin.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona MACBA is organising a seminar so as to introduce the Philippe Méaille Collection of Art & Language documents to the public, and to launch a critical inquiry into a particularly significant aspect of the collection – what is usually called ‘an early Conceptual Art practice’. The documents of the collection will soon be accessible at the MACBA Center for Study and Documentation, and the seminar is the first in a series of public events organized by MACBA leading to an exhibition scheduled for autumn 2014. The legacy of Art & Language, often regarded as radically uncompleted and radically inconclusive, will be object of discussion and evaluation during a two-day seminar that will include the voices of the artists, critics and the Jackson Pollock Bar.
With Matthew Jesse Jackson, Jackson Pollock Bar, Elena Crippa
Manuel Asensi, Mel Ramsden, Michael Baldwin and Carles Guerra.
The detailed programme will be available soon.
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