Friday, 21 September 2018 10:57

Artium presents There Is a Lot of Past to Go. Memory, the new exhibition of the Museum's Collection

The exhibition adresses the issue of memory, with an approach from its human, political and cultural aspects. The exhibition analyses the matter through four different spaces

Artium, Basque Center-Museum of Contemporary Art, presents the exhibition There Is a Lot of Past to Go. Memory, a project inside the Artium Collection that deals with the subject of memory from diverse points of view. Through a selection of around one hundred artworks extracted from the almost three thousand that form its artistic collection, Artium proposes a review of this subject along with its political and cultural implications, its connection to history, economy and power, and its ability to influence future perceptions. There Is a Lot of Past to Go. Memory is curated by Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea and produced by Artium (Vitoria-Gasteiz).

Stemming from the idea that every art collection is the memory of a moment in time and the representation of all that civilization deems valuable—culture, art, technique, values, identities—, Oroi (memory in Basque) proposes 90 works as analytical instruments of diversity and freedom of thought, against a backdrop of simplifications and single-minded discourse. As is typical for Artium Collection, the exhibition contains different mediums and genres of art: paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, and videos.

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Four different exhibit spaces offer alternative analyses, out of the many that may exist, of the concept of memory. The collection begins with the “Structure of Memory”, where we present works addressing the representation of memory from different perspectives—its fragility, its complexity, its evanescence, and its connection to the emotional. In this section, artworks by Darío Urzay, Fernando Sinaga, Benjamín Palencia, Concha Prada, Mirari Exhávarri or Mateo Maté, among others, can be found.

The exhibit continues with “Political Memory: Historical Narratives”, an analysis of the often-controversial question of historical memory, or the battle to determine who writes history. The artwork, whether through direct analysis that reveals hidden secrets, or through vaguer analyses of power, also brings the concept of social-political memory to the forefront. Txomin Badiola, Ibon Aranberri, Jorge Oteiza, Antoni Tàpies, Francesc Torres, o Ixone Sádaba are some of the artists represented in this space.

The third section of the exhibit is titled “Anti/Monuments and Commemorations”. Here, the collection addresses the proliferation of spaces that institutionalize and legitimize an “official” version of history—one that becomes fixed and unchallengeable. In this context, art resorts to the imbalance, distortion, and description of symbols that crumble and transform into broken icons. Names like Ignasi Aballí, Elena Mendizábal, Colectivo Cambalache, Haroon Mirza, Fernando Sánchez Castillo or Elena Aitzkoa appear in this section.

The exhibit concludes in an area called “Melancholy vs. Nostalgia: the Projection of the Possible”. Faced with a “now” in which the question is not so much the “where are we going”, but rather, the “for how long?” (for how long will we have water, food, energy?), and inevitable, noncritical nostalgia for the past, the artwork fills with melancholy; it is conscious, critical of the system, restless, and searching for new ways to see the world, and also to be in the world. Artworks by Azucena Vieites, Ignacio Sáez, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Bleda and Rosa, Joana Vasconcelos or Carlos Irijalba, among others, follow this line.

The exhibit There Is a Lot of Past to Go. Memory, will be open until August 25th 2019, and the Artium Museum will organize different programs of activities related to it over these eleven months: meetings with artists of the Artium Collection, conferences, film projections, and workshops for teachers, among others.

 

About the exhibition  List of works  Leaflet  Images for press use 

There Is a Lot of Past to Go. Memory
Curator: Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea
Artists: Ignasi Aballí, Elena Aitzkoa, Vicente Ameztoy, José Ramón Amondarain, Guido Anderloni, Cecilia Andersson, Ibon Aranberri, Judas Arrieta, Txomin Badiola, Jordi Bernadó, Ramón Bilbao, Elena Blasco, Bleda y Rosa, Jacobo Castellano, Colectivo Cambalache, José Dávila, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Pep Durán, Mirari Echávarri, Joan Fontcuberta, Susy Gómez, Abian González Francés, Eduardo Hurtado, Aldo Iacobelli, Carlos Irijalba, Iñaki Larrimbe, Abigail Lazkoz, Miki Leal, Mateo López, Isidro López Aparicio, Rogelio López Cuenca, Cristina Lucas, Mateo Maté, Asier Mendizabal, Elena Mendizabal, Haroon Mirza, Pedro Mora, Juan Luis Moraza, Moris, Antoni Muntadas, Jorge Oteiza, Benjamín Palencia, Alberto Peral, Javier Pérez, Txuspo Poyo, Concha Prada, Sergio Prego, Gonzalo Puch, Miguel Ángel Ríos, Pedro G. Romero, Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Ixone Sádaba, Ignacio Sáez, Avelino Sala, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Olve Sande, Richard Serra, Adolfo Schlosser, José María Sicilia, Fernando Sinaga, Antoni Tàpies, Francesc Torres, Darío Urzay, Javier Vallhonrat, Joana Vasconcelos, Azucena Vieites, Darío Villalba, Robert Waters, B. Wurtz.
South Gallery, from 2018 september 21to 2019 august 25

«All collections are the memory of a time, representations of all that a civilisation deems valuable: its culture, its art, its technique, materials, identities, concepts... The exhibition entitled There is a lot of past to go. Memory brings us face to face with the Artium Collection as an image of the multiple, complex memory of the present. Memory that constitutes us as people, that shapes language and representation, time and document, enigma and suspicion. The exhibition comprises 102 works from the Collection, analytical tools that deal with memory based on various social and cultural implications in its relationship with history, economy or power».

Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea

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