Friday, 28 May 2021 13:19

Artium Museoa presents recently acquired works by Nadia Barkate as part of its 'Context from a Collection' programme

This is a major group of drawings and sculptures, five of which are watercolours in various formats belonging to the series Tuya gigante, tuya occidental that have recently been added to the Artium Collection.

Contexts from a Collection, as well as the case studies and rotations within the Zeru bat, hamaika bide exhibition, aims to increase the visibility of Artium’s outstanding contemporary collection.

Artium Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country presents, as part of its Contexts from a Collection programme, a group of five recently acquired watercolours in various formats by the artist Nadia Barkate belonging to the series Tuya gigante, tuya occidental (A02 Gallery, until 5 September 2021). These pieces are contextualised with a selection of works by Barkate, watercolours and blown glass sculptures produced over the past three years. Contexts from a Collection is a series of exhibitions dedicated to showcasing the work of artists who have recently been added to Artium’s collection of works. 

Nadia Barkate’s work refers to the space-time of drawing and its inertias. It also refers to the flow between technique and desire, the imprint that experience leaves on the body and notions of identity, interiority and otherness, among other things. There is a certain narrative will that links the everyday, the manual and the word in her practice. She deals with traditional gestures and techniques that go beyond the edges and lose form or sharpness, lucidity or hallucination.

Tuya gigante, tuya occidental belongs to a group of small and large format watercolours that Barkate produced throughout 2018. They emerged, according to the artist, from moments of self-absorption in her studio in which she became aware of the gestures she would make with her hands while she was concentrating.

Nadia Barkate has recently had exhibitions in venues such as Okela (Bilbao), Galería MPA (Madrid), Galleria Nappa and Studio Mustanapa, (Rovaniemi, 2021), Lìtost Gallery (Prague, 2020), Bombón Projects (Barcelona, 2019), Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, 2019), Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (2018), Tabakalera (San Sebastián, 2018), Ethall (Barcelona, 2018), Alhóndiga (Bilbao, 2018), Carreras Múgica (Bilbao, 2015), Altes Finanzamt (Berlin, 2015), Espai 01 (Olot, 2012) and Montehermoso (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2010), among others.

Contexts from a Collection

Thus, in addition to the permanent exhibition of the Artium Collection, Zeru bat, hamaika bide, the A01 Gallery generally hosts case studies and exhibitions linked to research work and the 1977-2002 period displayed in this exhibition. The Zeru bat, hamaika bide exhibition is periodically changed to add new internal routes. The creation of the #Bilduma series in Artium’s publications programme shares this same goal.

Artium’s acquisition programme helps to explore and report on the debates and practices taking place in the field of art today, as well as being an essential tool for sounding out a moment characterised by its dynamism and complexity. This is one of the basic tasks of the museum: to encourage the production of contemporary heritage and promote artists and their productions.


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