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Exhibition preview 2017

06-02-2017 14:11

Exhibition preview 2017



On 17th February, we will inaugurate the first of the four exhibitions we have planned for this year. After almost two years of public programmes around modern-day stimulants such as coffee, cocoa, sugar and tobacco, we will present Stimulants: circulation and euphoria, a collective exhibition in which recently-produced works by artists such as Ibon Aranberri, Lorea Alfaro, Erick Beltrán, Ines Doujak and John Baker, Fernando Palma and Otobong Nkanga will hold a dialogue with historic figures such as Oteiza, among others.

The exhibition is structured around seven chapters and different itineraries that will evoke the three ‘circulations’ the project refers to: organic, economic and cosmic. It will also function as a repository of knowledge and documentation generated during the public activities of the programme, for which we have invited many people who have helped us to trace out a narrative on the influence of these substances in the composition of our society.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of activities such as a concert by a chamber music group from the OSE (Basque National Orchestra), which will interpret the Coffee Cantata of J. S. Bach on the day of the inauguration in Tabakalera. Then there is a performance of Muxua da mezua that proposes a series of improbable “knick-knacks” or culinary inventions created by Iñaki Albéniz and the creative team of Restaurante Mugaritz.

In the summer we will have the chance to see the work of one of the most prominent French filmmakers on the international scene, Eric Baudelaire. He was with us in October 2015 when we screened his film Letters to Max (2014). Soon after making that film he started work on his latest film, AKA Jihadi (2017), so we have already worked with him.

On June 23 we will present Eric’s The Music of Ramón Raquello and his Orchestra, in collaboration with Witte de With from Rotterdam. It is the biggest monographic to date by the French filmmaker. His work is characterised by a marked political accent and a desire to understand our complex reality through history and violence. Through photos, installations and audiovisuals we will review part of Baudelaire’s career, who will be present in international events this year such as the Whitney Biennial or at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The marked audiovisual nature of the exhibition will also give rise to the second international film seminar of Tabakalera, which will take place in July, as well as a varied public programme to analyse our present reality.

In autumn another two events will share the exhibition room: Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!, curated by Juan Canela, and Adrià Julià’s project Hot Iron, curated by Jordi Antas in collaboration with the Fundación Miró de Barcelona.

Juan Canela is our second resident curator, and he proposes a project on magic, combining mythology and shared knowledge. After two stays in Tabakalera, in which he has had the opportunity to get to know different artists and agents linked to the world of anthropology, he is now preparing a collective exhibition with local and international artists.

Hot Iron is the provisional title of the project that Adrià Julià is producing for his exhibition. Through two themes – the sale of Catalan Romanesque paintings to North Americans and the introduction of American football to Barcelona – he will once again deal, through film, with recurring themes in his career such as the diaspora, circulation and nostalgia, as he did in projects such as La Villa Basque.

It will be a year in which we will be able to visit exhibitions of different types, ways of working and approaching exhibiting and curating… collective and individual exhibitions, collaborations and co-productions with other institutions (both national and international). In a way, we continue to explore ways of working by supporting projects that we consider tie in with our exhibition programme and which, at the same time, guarantee contents that are sufficiently heterogeneous and accessible to different audiences.



Ane Rodríguez Armendariz
Cultural director of Tabakalera

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