Juan Luis Moraza. Gordailua 1987-1988 Depósito (Long-term loan)

Juan Luis Moraza. Gordailua 1987-1988 Depósito (Long-term loan) Foto: vista del estudio del artista

From: Saturday, 11 January 2020

To: Sunday, 30 August 2020

Place: Sala A3

The exhibition houses an almost unknown collection of sixty-five works by the artist Juan Luis Moraza (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1960), included among the valuable holdings that are held in Artium Museum

The programme that is commencing at Artium Museum in 2020 undertakes a broad debate about the artistic and cultural practices that took place in the Basque Country in the 1980s and 1990s, a period marked by profound sociopolitical transformations that have greatly shaped our present.

An initial approach is highlighted by an almost unknown collection of sixty-five works by the artist Juan Luis Moraza (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1960), included among the valuable holdings that are held in Artium Museum. The merits of this group of works soon led to the construction of a case study whose specificity was able to provide a complex debate about the artistic languages and discourses that had defined this period. Juan Luis Moraza became one of the key figures in understanding this historical period in the Basque Country and its relationship with other artistic and cultural contexts because of his proven analytical capacity and extremely varied interests he covers in his need to understand the social, political and cultural circumstances in which the practice of art arises.

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It was in late 1998 when Juan Luis Moraza agreed with the heads of Álava Provincial Council that a set of his sculptures would become part of the institution’s holdings in the form of a long-term loan, alongside a donation of five other pieces.  With works dating back to between 1987 and 1988, this exhibition covers two series of works: Moldes para la oscuridad andNegaciones. A third series of tubular steel works from 1989, entitled ARLMA, completed this long-term loan.

The exhibition is based on this two-year period, positioning the viewer in a period that coincides with the breakup of the CVA group (formed together with María Luisa Fernández). Contrary to what might be thought, this stratigraphic taster does not imply any less complexity, or the schematisation of his thought. On the contrary, it makes it accessible and its unity helps to clearly show the richness and intensities of his process, as well as the complex operational systems (structural, literal, symbolic) on which it is based.

More than two decades have passed since his decision in the form of a long-term loan until the organisation of this exhibition today, as it once again brings these works to light. Most of these works have not been displayed since that time –with the exception of a few pieces that were included in the retrospective dedicated to him at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2014– but they can now be seen on display in the rooms of Artium Museum together with a vast amount of accompanying material, such as drawings, diagrams, texts and various objects chosen by the author. The exhibition also includes a selection of 80 titles from the artist’s library that point to his interlocutors at the time and underline his nature as a thinker and art theorist, an individual accustomed to assuming the commitment of explaining the cognitive process he is undergoing.


Curators: Beatriz Herráez, Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea

Opening: 2020 january 10

Catalogue  Exhibition's leaflet 

List of works 

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