Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:09

The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country presents its exhibition programme for 2023

Artium Museoa will be dedicating solo exhibitions to the artists Alejandro Cesarco, Carolina Caycedo, Rafael Lafuente and Julia Spínola

In 2023, the museum will produce its exhibition projects in collaboration with international museums and institutions such as Lumiar Cité/Maumaus in Lisbon, CRAC Alsace in France, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the UK and Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM)

The museum will present a new chronology of its collection that begins in the 1950s, in addition to specific projects carried out with the artists Sahatsa Jauregi and Nerea Lekuona, whose works have recently been added to its collection

Works by artists such as Esther Ferrer, Alberto Peral, José Ramón Ais and June Crespo will be presented in the museum’s inner courtyard and outdoor spaces

The Z Gallery exhibition programme will include productions by Mirari Echávarri and Irati Gorostidi, Laida Lertxundi and Naomi Rincón Gallardo

The JAI 2023 study programme, co-produced with Tabakalera, will take place at Artium Museoa in June

Artium Museoa, Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country presents its 2023 programme, which includes solo exhibitions dedicated to the artists Alejandro Cesarco (Montevideo, 1975), Julia Spínola (Madrid, 1979), Carolina Caycedo (London, 1978) and Rafael Lafuente (Vitoria, 1936-2005). The year 2023 will also mark the creation of an exhibition programme associated with the Z Gallery (Z for zinema, cinema in Basque) that will feature projects by artists and filmmakers such as Mirari Echávarri (Pamplona, 1988) and Irati Gorostidi (Valle de Egües, 1988), Laida Lertxundi (Bilbao, 1981) and Naomi Rincón Gallardo (Raleigh, 1979). The fourth edition of the JAI study programme and a programme dedicated to examining performance practices will be prominent during the summer months. In terms of heritage, the museum will present a new reading of its collection with a chronology that begins in the 1950s. Exhibitions will also be presented at the same time by two artists whose works have recently been added to the collection: Sahatsa Jauregi (Salvador de Bahía, 1984) and Nerea Lekuona (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1976). Moreover, the exhibitions dedicated to the German artist Jutta Koether (Cologne, 1958) and San Sebastian filmmaker Iván Zulueta (Donostia/San Sebastian, 1943-2009), which opened last autumn, will remain open until spring.

Artium Museoa will premiere its first exhibition of 2023 in January, dedicated to the artist Rafael Lafuente. The exhibition is entitled Composiciones (Compositions), curated by Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea, and it looks at Lafuente’s multifaceted career as a painter and designer. The project stems from the museum’s commitment to working with the legacy of artists in its collection, including archive materials that are being incorporated into the Artium Museoa Documentation Centre.

March will see the opening of Otros ejemplos recientes (Other Recent Examples), an exhibition by Alejandro Cesarco that examines the various roles, uses and forms of teaching, to be presented alongside the artist’s parallel publishing practice. Otros ejemplos recientes is curated by Beatriz Herráez and produced in collaboration with Lumiar Cité/Maumaus in Lisbon, the venue to which it will travel in the autumn.

March also marks the opening of a new reading of the museum’s collection with an extensive time frame. The exhibition will trace the artistic practices that emerged as new narratives of modernity in the 1950s, a time when artists such as Jorge Oteiza, Mari Paz Jiménez and Néstor Basterretxea returned from Latin America to embark on a variety of artistic, political and teaching ventures. The overview reaches the present time with contemporary critical readings of these foundational narratives. The curatorial team includes Sergio Rubira, Thomas Boutoux and the curators of the Artium Museoa Collection and Documentation Centre.

In June, the museum will present a solo exhibition by Julia Spinola that brings together both existing and new works exploring the complex notion of pleasure, primarily through the artist’s sculptural practice. The exhibition is co-produced in collaboration with CRAC Alsace, where it will be presented in 2024, and curated by Catalina Lozano and Elfi Turpin (director of CRAC Alsace).

Similarly in June, the Plazaratu project will explore new approaches to the urban and social surroundings of the institution with the aim of expanding the uses of Artium Museoa’s public space. Plazaratu means two things in Basque: on the one hand, to go out into the square (Plaza) or show oneself to the public, and on the other hand, to publish. Performance practices will play a major role in the museum’s summer programme, which has been curated in collaboration with the artist Itziar Okariz (San Sebastian, 1965). As part of the Plazaratu project, Artium Museoa is planning to install works by Esther Ferrer (Números primos [Prime Numbers], 2003, deposited by Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council), Alberto Peral (Time, 2006), José Ramón Ais (Arbolado para calles, imperios y Paraísos [Trees for Streets, Empires and Paradises], 2022) and June Crespo (Core, 2020) in the public space of its inner courtyard. The months of summer will also see Artium Museoa presenting JAI – Institute of Artistic Practices, a study programme based in Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastian that will celebrate its fourth edition in 2023. JAI acts as a platform for exchanging and disseminating artistic methodologies, with a committee made up of the artists Ibon Aranberri, Asier Mendizabal and Itziar Okariz, alongside Oier Etxeberria and Catalina Lozano. The programme is co-organised with CICC Tabakalera.

Land of Friends, an exhibition by Colombian artist Carolina Caycedo, will open in October 2023, featuring works that present her lengthy research on bodies of water, the social movements associated with them and feminist struggles. The exhibition, curated by Catalina Lozano, is organised in collaboration with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the UK and Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM).

In 2023, Artium Museoa will continue with the exhibition projects linked to its Z Gallery programme, which is dedicated to moving images practices, by presenting films by Mirari Echávarri and Irati Gorostidi, Laida Lertxundi and Naomi Rincón Gallardo.
The museum is also reaffirming its commitment to the practice of artists whose works have recently been added to its collection and will therefore present exhibitions by Sahatsa Jauregi and Nerea Lekuona.

Finally, the two exhibitions that Artium Museoa opened in October 2022 will run until the spring of 2023. The first, Black Place, brings together several of Jutta Koether’s “black paintings”, ranging from large format canvases, in which the artist re-appropriates works by Botticelli or Rubens, to medium and small format works in which Koether, influenced by DIY and punk methodologies, pushes the limits of painting.

The second, the exhibition The Rapture of Iván Zulueta will run until 5 March. The project, curated by Xabier Arakistain, is based on a selection of works from Iván Zulueta’s experimental filmography of the 1970s and work as a graphic artist, alongside interviews with actors, filmmakers and musicians with whom he was associated, as well as a wide variety of documentary materials.

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