Is art necessary for living? ”la Caixa” Foundation sets out to offer multiple responses to this question with the exhibition cycle entitled What to Think, What to Desire, What to Do. Fundació ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection. Comprising three consecutive displays at CaixaForum Barcelona, the cycle explores the role art may play in a contemporary economic, social and moral system immersed in a deep crisis.
The aim of the exhibitions is to invite the public to reflect upon the reality surrounding them on the basis of works by socially engaged creators, most of which form part of the organisation’s contemporary art collection. The shows will include fundamental pieces from this Collection, alongside recent acquisitions, works never before seen in Barcelona or which have been expressly produced for this project, as well as a few that have been loaned with a view to helping complete the discourse proposed by Rosa Martínez.
This cycle represents the return to Barcelona and the re-encounter with ”la Caixa” Foundation of one of the most significant independent art critics and curators on the international scene today. In What to Do, the curator selects a series of works that become vehicles for an analytical and poetic interpretation of reality. Art as a form of resistance against unifying, stereotyped and fetishist thought. The artists represented in this third show in the season are: Janine Antoni, Carlos Garaicoa, Joan Miró, Pedro Mora, Juan Muñoz, Bruce Nauman, Àngels Ribé, Doris Salcedo, Valeska Soares, Javier Téllez and Gillian Wearing.
What To Do can be on view at CaixaForum Barcelona from 17 May to 8 September 2013.