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 belong to the Fundació ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection. The shows will include fundamental pieces of the 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 think the curator invites spectators to become active interpreters of their time and asks to what extent art is an instrument of awareness that expands knowledge and fleeting pleasure from the most complex strata of thought to the simplest things that occur in everyday life. The artists present in this first exhibition in the cycle are Rogelio López Cuenca, Adrian Paci, Carlos Amorales, Cao Guimarães, Miros?aw Ba?ka, Shirin Neshat, Joseph Beuys, Cristina García Rodero, Ángela de la Cruz and Eija-Liisa Ahtila.
What To Think, What To Desire, What To Do. Fundació ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection. Dates: What To Think: from 9 November 2012 to 20 January 2013. What To Desire: from 8 February to 28 April 2013. What To Do: from 15 May to 8 September 2013. Organisation and production: ”la Caixa” Foundation. Curator: Rosa Martínez. Place: CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8).