The exhibition brings together works of Manuel Álvarez, Sergio Avello, Germaine Derbeq, Graciela Hasper, Daniel Joglar, Marta Minujín, Juane Odriozola, Karina Peisajovich, Martín Pelenur, Amalia Pica, Alejandro Puente, Inés Raiteri, Andrés Sobrino, and Luis Wells, among others. Through this exhibition, the curator Rodrigo Alonso, suggests to consider geometric abstraction as a field of thought production more than a formal exercise. Think in abstract is organized in accordance with a set of researches which have guided the development of this plastic aspect, creating a productive counterpoint between works belonging to the collection and invited artists.
In the curator’s words, “Geometric abstraction is much more than the scrutiny of geometry’s formal possibilities. In the practice of modern and contemporary artists a field of thought is emerging, through which numerous plastic and conceptual studies are growing. Space configuration, composite systems, optic dynamism, combinatorial effects, chromatic modulations, construction and deconstruction of visualities and forms, material and contextual reflections, are among the interests that have oriented those researches”.
The exhibition is composed of paintings, photographs, installations, kinetic and luminous works, sculptures, videos and site-specific interventions that illustrate the plurality that presents geometric abstraction and its potentiality to expand the limits of traditional artistic disciplines.
At the same time, it offers a reflection about the museum and its capacity to emphasize the state of artistic production. “A museum is always a fragmentary entity: not only because it can’t harbor an entire production but, also, because that production is in perpetual development”. Hence, the decision to incorporate works which doesn’t belong to the MACBA collection. “It’s a way to highlight the value of its heritage. If the dialogues that can be established between pieces belonging to the museum and the art which grows beyond its doors are meaningful, then the collection possesses some of the local geometric abstraction’s spirit”.
With "Think in abstract", MACBA – Fundación Aldo Rubino inaugurates its annual programming for the year of its 5th anniversary, which will also be consecrated to think about its institutional task carrying on its plural curatorial policy. Likewise, with this exhibition, MACBA – Fundación Aldo Rubino launches its intervention programming on its front with a project by Diego Mur.
The exhibition’s development
Each level of the museum is organized according to a conceptual nucleus which reveals distinct orientations within abstraction’s development.
As an introduction, the ground floor connects the notions of construction, system and deconstruction, through pieces by Juan Melé, Alejandro Puente and Sergio Avello. The room ends with an overlapping reference to geometric abstraction’s utopia: extend itself to the everyday life by including works of artists who practice or practiced graphic design, such as Rogelio Polesello, Luis Wells, Julia Masvernat and Andrés Sobrino, and an intervention on the front building by Diego Mur, which works as an interface between the inside and the outside.
The first level revolves around the concept of combinatorial analysis. It is dominated by the Monument of interactions #7 (2013) by Amalia Pica, around which are organized works based on formal and chromatic combinations by Manuel Álvarez, Germaine Derbecq, Graciela Hasper, Carola Zech, Marcolina Dipierro and Juane Odriozola.
The first subsoil takes line as a space construction’s tool. Works by Inés Raiteri, Martín Pelenur y Mariano Vilela reveal its importance in the composition of plastic topologies. César Paternosto uses it to unsettle the limits between plan and volume, whereas Ary Brizzi and Mariano dal Verme transfer it into the field of sculptural creation. Daniel Joglar literally carries the line into the space in its site-specific installation. Christian Wloch, on his behalf, uses the line as an axle of experimentation in the electric field.
The second subsoil is dedicated to geometry’s expansion through new technologies. Marta Minujin transcends pictorial surface through video, whereas Karina Peisajovich practices chromatic modulations with her Making color machine (2010). Finally, geometric forms acquire new features in Arturo Aguiar’s photographs, Marcolina Dipierro’s video and young Chilean artist Benjamin Ossa’s light boxes.