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Minimal resistance. Between late modernism and globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s (15/10/2013)

Starting on October 15th, 2013 / Main site

The Reina Sofia presents a selection of important works from its Collection in order to bring the public into closer contact with the artistic languages that developed during the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition, curated by the Museum’s Director Manuel Borja-Villel, Head of Collections Rosario Peiró and Art Historian Beatriz Herráez, was organized by the Museum as part of “The Uses of Art” project by the European museums network L’Internationale.

Highly rewarding dialogues have been established between works that for the most part have never been exhibited in the Museum’s rooms, being recent acquisitions or long-term deposits. Taking the inevitably fragmentary nature of the starting point of all contemporary art collections as a given, it should be explained that this is only the first view of a series of new presentations of the Collection planned for the future. This particular approach is centred on the search by artists for new spaces of resistance in a globalised world. Modernity as the past, theatricality as a principle and the importance of the document all mark this era. The 1980s and 1990s are of great importance both in this country and across the world: everything we are today, everything that happens, can be traced back to those times.

Minimal Resistance takes a close look at the series of dualities that polarized the period being dealt with, from the global economic crisis to financial capitalism, from the power of the collective to the recuperation of the myth of the artist, from interventions reclaiming public spaces to discourses revolving around memory and the body, from a form of theatricality that emphasizes staging and architecture, to performative languages and relational models, and from the rehabilitation of traditional genres to the appropriation of images from mass media and mass culture. These tensions translate into a multiplicity of overlapping practices and discourses, and into a renewal of art codes and languages.

Artists and collectives included in the exhibition include: Ignasi Aballí, Agustín Parejo School, Pep Agut, Txomin Badiola, Ángel Bados, Georg Baselitz, Lothar Baumgarten, Dara Birnbaum, Cabello/Carceller, Miguel Ángel Campano, Jordi Colomer, Guy de Cointet, René Daniëls, Hanne Darboven, Moyra Davey, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Marlene Dumas, Diamela Eltit, Erreakzioa-reacción, Pepe Espaliú, Estrujenbank, Marcelo Expósito/Arturo Rodríguez/Gabriel Villota, Harun Farocki, María Luisa Fernández, Fischli & Weiss, Peter Friedl, Pedro G. Romero, Patricia Gadea, Dora García, General Idea, Jack Goldstein, Leon Golub, Dan Graham, Guerrilla Girls, Federico Guzmán, Candida Höfer, Jenny Holzer, Cristina Iglesias, Peio Irazu, Sanja Ivekovic, Joaquim Jordá, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Louise Lawler, Pedro Lemebel, Rogelio López Cuenca, LSD, Les readymade appartiennent à tout le monde, LTTR, Mark Lombardi, José Maldonado, Allan McCollum, Miralda, Juan Luis Moraza, Reinhard Mucha, Matt Mullican, Antoni Muntadas, Juan Muñoz, Paz Muro, Itziar Okariz, Ulrike Ottinger, Marc Pataut, Raymond Pettibon, Sigmar Polke, Preiswert, Radical Gai, Martha Rosler, Helke Sander, Allan Sekula, Cindy Sherman, Fernando Sinaga, Jo Spence, Hito Steyerl, Thomas Struth, Rosemarie Tröckel, Juan Ugalde, Juan Uslé, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Eulàlia Valldosera, James Welling, Franz West.


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Dates: 15th October, 2013 – 6th January, 2014
Place: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (Spain)
            Sabatini Building. Third Floor
Organization: Organised by the Reina Sofia Museum as part of “The Uses of Art” project by the European museums network, L’Internationale
Curators: Manuel Borja-Villel, Rosario Peiró and Beatriz Herráez
Related activities:
Seminar: Dance in the 80s: The first steps of contemporary dance in Spain.
               -Round Tables (25th October, 2013 at 7:00pm, and 26th October, 2013 at 12:00pm (midday)
               -Lectures/Projection (13th and 20th November and 4th December, 2013, 7:30pm)
Film and Video season: The image is a virus. Stories of Cinema. 1980s -1990s (11th November – 12th December, 2013, 7:00pm)
Performance by Matt Mullican (12th November, 2013, 7:00pm)


Exhibition organised by Museo Reina Sofía within the framework of “The Uses of Art,” a project by the European museum network L’Internationale.

 logo L'Internationale - With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

L’Internationale proposes a space for art within a non-hierarchical and decentralised internationalism, based on the value of difference and horizontal exchange among a constellation of cultural agents, locally rooted and globally connected. Comprising six major European museums, Moderna galerija (MG, Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona, Spain); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and associate organisations from the academic and artistic fields.


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