The Links Between the ‘Experience of the Senses’ and ‘Action’
A Theatre Without Theatre :: until September 11, 2007 :: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Placa dels Angels, 1, 08001 Barcelona :: Curators: Bernard BlistÃ¨ne and Yann ChateignÃ©, with the collaboration of Pedro G. Romero :: Co produced by: Museu dÂ’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and Museo Berardo in Lisbon.
A Theatre Without Theatre explores the metaphors in which the influences of the theatre model made themselves felt in the arts of our times throughout the 20th century. This exhibition brings together more than 800 works, including paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs, videos, manuscripts and various other types of documents.
The exhibition reflects on the condition of the subject in contemporary society and on the links between the ‘experience of the senses’ and ‘action’. At the same time, it considers the dramatic roots of art as a constituent element of western modernity: from Vsevolod Meyerhold to Oskar Schlemmer, from Antonin Artaud to Judith Malina and Julian Beck (founders of the Living Theatre company), from Samuel Beckett to Tadeusz Kantor, the theatre has been a wellspring of ideas and theories that have been absorbed by art, becoming models of the aesthetic and spatial relationship. Art could, to a certain extent, be ‘the other stage’ of dramatic practice. Continue reading