Documentation of Composiciones, a series of five artists' commissions for the first Barcelona Gallery Weekend, 1–4 October 2015 Projects by David Bes

       
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Documentation of Composiciones, a series of five artists' commissions for the first Barcelona Gallery Weekend, 1–4 October 2015

Projects by David Bestué (at the Factory complex Cosme Toda, L'Hospitalet); Dora García (at the Biblioteca del Campo Freudiano); Jordi Mitjà (at the Museu Geològic del Seminari de Barcelona); Rasmus Nilausen in collaboration with Pere Llobera (at the gardens of La Central bookstore, Raval); and Daniel Steegmann Magrané (at the Umbracle, Parc de la Ciutadella).

Composiciones (Compositions) complimented the Barcelona Gallery Weekend programme of exhibitions and events by commissioning artists active in the Barcelona art scene to produce interventions that responded to singular private and public spaces outside the contemporary art circuit – including a private psychoanalytic library, a former ceramics factory and a botanical collection.

Pinpointing some lesser-known aspects of the city's cultural history and municipal life, Composiciones offered moments of interruption, intimacy and immersion throughout the weekend.

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Photo album of the project...

In the Gardens of La Central del Raval, Nilausen and Llobera's works occupied a former priest's house and explored "acheiropoietic" images – those that have supposedly come into being not by human hand, but miraculously.

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Dora García’s contribution consisted in pointing out the wealth of information and the activities programmed by the Biblioteca del Campo Freudiano de Barcelona, founded in 1977 by Argentinean Oscar Masotta (1930–1979), considering the site as a knot which ties together art, psychoanalysis and literature.

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David Bestué produced a new installation in the form of a sculptural timeline defined by ignition and invention, fat and oil, obsolescence, fluorescence, luminescence and incandescence – a history of humanity from antiquity to the present day told through the evolution and refinement of lighting technology.

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Jordi Mitjà’s contribution took place in the Geological Museum of the Seminary of Barcelona – an institution dedicated to paleontology and the study of invertebrate fossils since 1874.

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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s project took place amongst the subtropical plants of the 1887 Umbracle (shade house) in the Parc de la Ciutadella and centred on the acoustic installation “Surucuá, Teque-teque, Arara” (2012).

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Reviews, blogs, social media posts...

(Video, Catalan) El Barcelona Gallery Weekend arriba a L’H, LH Digital, 29 September 2015

Amid Catalan Separatism, Barcelona Launches its First Gallery Weekend, artnet news, 30 September 2015

(Video, Catalan) Descobrim la Barcelona més artística, 8TV, 4 October 2015

(Video, Catalan) La mostra "Luces" permet visitar l'edifici modernista de Cosme Toda, LH Digital, 5 October 2015

Barcelona Gallery Weekend, Anno Zero, Camilla y el Arte, 6 October 2015

(Spanish) Composiciones, Barcelona Gallery Weekend, Fede Montornés, 9 October 2015

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