The museums participating on the project aim at re-evaluating and rethinking their resources: archives, collections and working methods in order to develop their potentials by creating knowledge and connecting the various types of audiences. The traditional roles of the contemporary art museum are changing: its most important activities are no longer merely storage, studying and exhibiting of artworks, but also an active involvement with the museum’s audience. For this reason, the project will develop combination of exhibitions ans educational programs based on participatory approach, intended for both, the audience and the staff.
The archive of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies contains a postcard that highlights the relation that existed between Hans Haacke and Manuel Borja-Villel during the exhibition Hans Haacke. ‘Obra Social’, 1995. The artist thanks the then director of the Fundació for recommending a holiday destination.
The archive of the Fundació’s activities is a space where contemporary art discourses come face to face with the praxis. It thus becomes an indispensable resource for institutional critique and, above all, for a revision of the emergency forms that have become part of the critical discourses in art, and which an institution such as the Fundació has consolidated within its context throughout its twenty-five years of existence.
What can mediation in museums teach us? To what extent can institutional critique and curatorial research generate not only artworks but alternatives? Is the archive an appropriate space for testing other policies in culture and in art?
Roger Bernat, Lúa Coderch, Experimentem amb l’art, LaFundició, Objectologies and Pep Vidal were invited by the Fundació to carry out research work on the archive. During 2015 they have conducted approximations to the registers of mediation from different perspectives and methods of analysis, resulting in collaborations with various organisations and agents from the socio-cultural world.
How to Do Things with Documents is not, therefore, yet another exhibition based on the archive or institutional critique. It is an exhibition in the archive, an intervention carried out right at the heart of the institution. Basically it takes place within the office space of the Fundació and includes initiatives that require travelling to other places, such as a day of exchanges between the staff of the Fundació and teachers from Escola Dovella (24 November) and a workshop for the creation of an archive on slums and the informal town of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (25 to 28 November).
On 2 and 3 November there will be two evening sessions with live presentations of the research carried out by the artists. Also taking part will be the project’s international partners, Performing the Museum.
The team of Performing the Museum at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies includes Oriol Fontdevila (curator), Núria Solé Bardalet (coordinator) and Linda Valdés (activities organiser).Download document