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Desires and Necessities

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA, Barcelona

New Incorporations to the MACBA. 86 works by 41 artists including Richard Hamilton, John Baldessari, Francesc Abad, Allan Sekula, Mireia Sallares, Patricia Dauder, Dora Garcia, Walid Raad among other.

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In memoriam: Richard Hamilton (1922–2011)

Collection Curator: Bartomeu Marí

Desires and Necessities. New Incorporations to the MACBA Collection presents 86 w orks including new acquisitions made in the last three years – over half of which are exhibited here for the first time – together with works already belonging to the Collection. The title of the exhibition is inspired by Some Objects of Desire , the work o f Lawrence Weiner that has presided over the atrium of MACBA since 2009. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Richard Hamilton, one of the most important artists to the understanding of art in the twentieth and twenty - first centuries, and a great f riend of MACBA. Exhibited here is his emblematic work Growth and Form , created by the artist and presented at the ICA, London, in 1951.

Desires and N ecessities revolves around a series of chapters focusing on groups of works that cover a wide chronologica l range of over six decades. The MACBA Collection, with over 6,000 pieces, contains works with very different characteristics: from attention to our ‘classics’ of contemporary art – the abstract painting of the fifties and sixties, wherein must be placed t he work by Esteban Vicente – and the rational and non - expressionist abstraction, inspired by mathematics and Minimalism, of the works by Esther Ferrer and Néstor Sanmiguel , to significant works by artists who are central to the discourse constructed by the Museum during recent decades, such as John Baldessari, Richard Hamilton, Pablo Palazuelo, Joan Brossa, Marcel Boodthaers, Öyvind Fahlström, Dieter Roth and Muntadas.

Also included are younger artists such as and Patricia Dauder , Francesc Ruiz and Mireia Sa llarès, and more established artists such as Gego, Antoni Llena, Dora García and Francesc Abad. The creativity of North Africa and the Middle East is manifested in the works of artists such as Younès Rahmoun, Sigalit Landau, Walid Raad and Wael Shawky, while artists such as Ali Cherri and Adrian Melis invite us to consider the validity of the media as the major writer of history. The works of Richard Hamilton and Jo ã o Maria Gusm ã o & Pedro Paiva reflect modern art’s fascination with scientific innovation. On the other hand, the cultural and social changes imposed by the global economy on our society are represented by the work of Octavi Comeron and Marc Pataut. The role of photography is also present in the works of Allan Sekula and Jorge Ribalta.

Image: John Baldessari, “Dwarf and Rhinoceros (With Large Black Shape) With Story Called Lamb”, 1989 (2013), Colección MACBA. Fundación MACBA. © John Baldessari, 2015. Cortesía de la artista y de Marian Goodman Gallery. Foto: Ellen Page Wilson

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Opening: Wednesday 17 June 2015, at 7.30pm.

Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11 am to 7.30 pm
Tuesday closed (except public holidays)
Saturday, from 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday and public holidays, from 10 am to 3 pm
24 June, from 10 am to 3 pm

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