“Species of Spaces”, an architectural take on Georges Perec starting this weekend at MACBA

The exhibition, which takes its title from the eponymous book by Georges Perec, brings together works by 40 artists transforming the Museum’s galleries to reflect on private space and the public sphere.

 

Lois Patiño Estratos de la Imagen, 2015 Still vídeo Cortesia de l’artista

Lois Patiño, Estratos de la Imagen, 2015. Still vídeo. Cortesia de l’artista

 

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, presents Species of Spaces, an exhibition that adopts the appearance of a fragmented building recreating the spatial typologies that the writer Georges Perec (Paris, 1936 – Ivry-sur-Seine, 1982) inventoried in his eponymous book.

Half way between novel and essay, this 1974 publication invites us to reflect on the course of life by wandering from one space to another, from the most private to the public sphere. Frederic Montornés, curator of the exhibition, has freely interpreted the work by the French author and used it as an instruction manual for the construction of the exhibition.

 

León Ferrari Cidades, 1980 (2007) Heliogravat sobre paper Col•lecció MACBA. Consorci MACBA. Donació de l'artista

León Ferrari, Cidades, 1980 (2007). Heliogravat sobre paper. Col•lecció MACBA. Consorci MACBA. Donació de l’artista

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané Sense títol, 2014 Col•lecció MACBA. Consorci MACBA

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Sense títol, 2014. Col•lecció MACBA. Consorci MACBA

 

Two large museum galleries have been transformed into thirteen spaces, specially created according to the different chapters in Perec’s book. All these ‘species of spaces’ remind us both of the most private and intimate aspects of human life (the page, bed, bedroom, apartment, building, street and neighbourhood), and of the public sphere (town, countryside, country, Europe, the world and space).

The exhibition brings together almost fifty works by forty artists, and includes site-specific productions, works from private and public collections and from the MACBA Collection. Species of Spaces can be seen at MACBA from 16 July 2015 to 30 January 2016.

 

Joan Hernández Pijuan. Paisatge amb acotacions A B C D, 1972 Oli sobre tela Col•lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA. Donació Leopoldo Rodés

Joan Hernández Pijuan, Paisatge amb acotacions A B C D, 1972. Oli sobre tela. Col•lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA. Donació Leopoldo Rodés

 

About the display

 

The structure of the exhibition, created by the MAIO architecture team, fragments the gallery dedicated to the private space into various cubicles, while leaving the gallery representing the public sphere free and diaphanous.

Each compartment dedicated to the private space contains works having different origins and artistic techniques, reminiscent of the spaces in which the most intimate aspects of our lives unfold. In the same way as Perec does not define the spaces in his book by giving them the same extension, intention and intensity, in the exhibition these spaces do not contain the same number of artists and works.

 

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO © MAIO

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO. Exhibition curator: Frederic Montornés, collaborators: MACBA architecture department + Miguel Bernat  © MAIO

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO © MAIO

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO. Exhibition curator: Frederic Montornés, collaborators: MACBA architecture department + Miguel Bernat © MAIO

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO © MAIO

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO. Exhibition curator: Frederic Montornés, collaborators: MACBA architecture department + Miguel Bernat © MAIO

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO © MAIO

Especies de Espacios Display by MAIO. Exhibition curator: Frederic Montornés, collaborators: MACBA architecture department + Miguel Bernat © MAIO

 

Artists participating

 

Species of Spaces includes the following artists:

Ignasi Aballí, Lara Almarcegui, Serafín Álvarez, Martí Anson, Marcel Broodthaers, Luz Broto, Stanley Brouwn, Victor Burgin, Luis Camnitzer, Azahara Cerezo/Mario Santamaría, Joan Colom, Jordi Colomer, Guy Debord, Pep Duran, Andrés Fernández, León Ferrari, Lucio Fontana, Dora García, Gego, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Francisco Ibáñez, Marla Jacarilla, Adrià Julià, Emma Kay, Guillermo Kuitca, Manolo Laguillo, MAIO, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ester Partegàs, Lois Patiño, Gerhard Richter, Humberto Rivas, Pedro G. Romero, Gino Rubert, Francesc Ruiz, Edward Ruscha, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Saul Steinberg, Ignacio Uriarte.

 

Gego Reticulárea Between Buildings, 1969 Tinta sobre paper Col•lecció MACBA. Consorci MACBA. Dipòsit Fundación Gego

Gego, Reticulárea Between Buildings, 1969. Tinta sobre paper. Col•lecció MACBA. Consorci MACBA. Dipòsit Fundación Gego

Lucio Fontana Concetto spaziale, attese, c. 1965 Fundació Francisco Godia, Barcelona

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, attese, c. 1965. Fundació Francisco Godia, Barcelona

Serafín Álvarez Maze Walkthrough, 2014 Still Cortesia de l’artista

Serafín Álvarez, Maze Walkthrough, 2014. Still. Cortesia de l’artista

Gerhard Richter Umgeschlagenes Blatt / Turned Sheet. 1965. Museum Kurhaus Kleve

Gerhard Richter, Umgeschlagenes Blatt / Turned Sheet. 1965. Museum Kurhaus Kleve


 

 

Exhibition information

Species of Spaces
curated by Frederic Montornés
July 15 to January 31, 2016

MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona)
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona

 

 


Images and information about the exhibition courtesy of MACBA.
Drawings from the exhibition display courtesy of MAIO. All rights reserved.