Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s

Fischli y Weiss. Minimal resistance, 1980-1981. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Peter Fischli David Weiss, Zürich 2013
Fischli y Weiss. Minimal resistance, 1980-1981. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Peter Fischli David Weiss, Zürich 2013

With this selection of works from its Collection, Museo Reina Sofía takes a look at the art produced in the 80s and 90s. Unlike past presentations, contemporary art collections always set out from a necessarily fragmented position, which means that this is the first vision of new presentations that will succeed one another in the near future. On this occasion the focal point is the search by artists for spaces of resistance in a globalised world.

Minimal resistance analyses the series of dualities that polarized the period in question; from the worldwide economic crisis to financial capitalism, from the potential of the collective to the recovery of the myth of the artist, from interventions that glorify public space to the discourses that surround memory and the body, from the theatricality that emphasizes the scenographic and architectural to the language of more performative and relational models, from the rehabilitation of traditional genres to the appropriation of images from mass media and culture, clearly the tensions of the period have given rise to a multiplicity of overlapping practices and discourses, and to a renewal of the codes and languages of art.

The artists and collectives appearing in the exhibition include: Ignasi Aballi, Agustin 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, 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, Antoni, Miralda, Juan Luis Moraza, Reinhard Mucha, Matt Mullican, Antoni Muntadas, Juan Muñoz, Itziar Okariz, Marc Pataut, Raymond Pettibon, Sigmar Polke, Preiswert, Radical Gai, , 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...

Organised by Museo Reina Sofía within the framework of “The Uses of Art,” a project by the European museum network L’Internationale. L’Internationale proposes a new form of artistic internationalism, one that is non-hierarchical, decentralised and based on the value of difference and of horizontal exchange among the facets of a large constellation of cultural agents locally rooted yet globally connected. The network is composed of six important European museums, Moderna galerija in Ljubljana; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Antwerp (MHKA) and Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. L’Internationale has the collaboration of associated institutions from the university and artistic worlds.

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Date: From October 16, 2013

Place: Sabatini Building, Floor 3