As an artist, Sergi Aguilar (Barcelona 1946) questions some of the principal paradigms that have shaped the language of sculpture in Spain from the early Seventies to the present. Seen from today’s perspective, his work minimises the role played by formalist interpretations. This stance with historic narrative and its reading codes not only affects this sculptor from Barcelona but a whole generation of artists whose work has evolved beyond the attributes were once ascribed to them.
Sergi Aguilar. Revers i anvers (1972-2015) is a retrospective exhibition tracing a path through Aguilar’s more than forty years of sculptural practice. It is a compilation of his research between object and process, his iron pieces and his tools, his experiments with the notions of scale and accumulation, his homages to Blinky Palermo and Giovanni Anselmo, as well as the drawings, photographs and audiovisual sequences made throughout his career.
The show is structured in four parts that establish a dialogue between the works and the thematic cycles of different periods. The idea of continuity resides over this exhibition in which the artist tries to ‘undress’ the architecture of the MACBA building with a recreation of the logic and atmosphere of his own working space.
Accompanying the exhibition is a book featuring many of the key pieces made between 1972 and 2015, with a text written by the artist in the manner of a diary or travelogue, in which he revisits the main questions that have guided his entire artistic trajectory.
Curator: Valentín Roma
Production: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
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