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ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art

ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art

Public Institution
Summer Exhibitions 2012

On the façade of ARTIUM´s West Wing edifice, until December 2012
Curator: Blanca de la Torre

Grey Flag springs from the duty to demonstrate the existence of art as a necessity as well as our commitment and obligation to society to offer it. This project brings together a series of posters commissioned from a number of artists that make reference to the world of art itself, its ideas and circumstances, in every instance treated with a certain sense of humor, irony or sarcasm.

The title or the project, Gray Flag, is based on a derivation of Black Flag, the British anarchist paper, and white flag, the flag of surrender, thereby reviving the anarchistic attitude and aesthetic and combining it with the need to see every possible scale of grey, especially in the light of the current economic, political and moral crisis.

Participant artists: Kepa Garraza, Juan Pérez Aguirregoikoa, Laurina Paperina, Artemio, and Francesc Ruiz, among others.

Grey Flag Programme

PRAXIS. El Tono. Strolling
North Gallery, from July to August
Curators: Javier Abarca and Sergio García

Strolling proposes ways of generating a work of art through the act of walking every day through the city. By means of several experiments based on the flows of people in the street and the interaction with pedestrians, the artist will draw direct links between the exhibition space and the public space, links that invite the spectator to walk through the city and in this way from part of the creative process. The Praxis will function like a workshop and control centre and, at the same time, as a space to exhibit the documentation generated in each experiment.

Praxis is linked to the culture of DIY (do-it-yourself) and stems from the current economic crisis. At the same time, it is a laboratory or experimental workshop that is dynamic and complementary in character and which in itself generates an alternative module to the annual programme. El Tono will be in the ARTIUM exhibition space throughout the entire duration of the project.

Praxis Programme El Tono

Ignasi Aballí. This is not The End
Lower East Gallery, from 04/05/2012 to 02/09/2012
Curator: François Piron

This Is Not the End, the title of this exhibition of work by Ignasi Aballí, indicates the short-lived nature of the display, as well as the artist´s wish to avoid any temptation to present a retrospective of his body of work. The exhibition brings together various new pieces by the artist, alongside a selection of other works produced over the last ten years, most of which are part of larger series and address the artist´s main areas of interest (film, literature, colour, etc.).

Arranged around the exhibition room as if they were a series of sings pointing the way along a silent underground, labyrinthine route, they constitute a closed and fixed universe. At the same time, however, they refer repeatedly to the conditions of the space in which the exhibition is held: its imperceptible changes in temperature, the dust that inevitably settles and the other minor incidents that reveal the passing of time.

Time of urgencies. Pilar Albarracín, Daniel García Andújar, Cristina Lucas and Pepo Salazar
North Gallery, from 18/05/2012 to 02/09/2012
Curator: Blanca de la Torre
As a kind of second part and in the form of a procedural contextualization of the previous exhibition, Time of urgencies, is presented. This exhibition sets out to provide a new and particular view based on works carried out exclusively for this occasion by four Span´s most contemporary.

The artists put themselves in the shoes of the Malaga-born artist, and have been given the job of preparing a “presumed” Guernica. However, on this occasion, this is based or inspirited by facts, by current occurrences and situations.

With htis original proposal, the exhibition aims to analyze the iconic value of this emblematic work and to show the ability of this piece to occupy an important space in our collective consciousness, converting its representations instinctively and automatically into anti-war discourses or favorable to a socially positive wish.

Alfredo Álvarez Plágaro
North Gallery, from 18/05/2012 to 02/09/2012

Alfredo Álvarez Plágaro is unusual in that he uses his creative freedom in his work to restrict his own freedom. Plágaro began his career as a figurative artist but subsequently moved towards pictorial abstraction in the late 1980s. This was the starting point of his «identical paintings», which he has continued to produce ever since in the selfsame manner, both as regards the mechanical method he employs and the final formal result.

His purpose in these works is to question the orthodoxy of uniqueness, the traditional notion of the painting as an original and distinctive object, an intention reflected in his deliberate refusal to seek differences of any kind and in the very title of his exhibition, Plágaro, his own name.


Time and urgency (Guernica). José Ramón Amondarain
South Gallery, from 30/03/2019 to 02/09/2012
Curator: Daniel Castillejo

In this project, José Ramón Amondarain and ARTIUM untangle the process that led to the creation of Pablo Picasso´s Guenica and analyse the work´s value as an icon and reflect on the way it is viewed today. The project consists of an installation, entitled Urgencia, made up of eight large-format canvases and gouache reproductions on a 1:1 scale of eight photographs that Dora Maar took in Picasso´s studio.

The exhibition is designed to be shown chronologically, beginning with the first sketch and continuing through to its final presentation. These stages are isolated from each other in such a way that spectator will gradually encounter each of the eight canvases consecutively, engaging with the experience of them in relation to time and the sense, and feeling caught up intellectually and emotionally in the process of the execution of the work in its original size.

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The need for art. Kepa Garraza, 2011
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