The MACBA inaugurates its new space in the Convent dels Àngels with this exhibition about cities and monuments.
Who wants a monument? Who legitimises it? What's the creative process? How does it become rooted in the community and the public sphere? These are some of the questions that are reflected on by 28 artists closely associated with the museum. Monuments must fulfill several criteria: they commemorate an event; they are aesthetically pleasing, and they mean something within the context of the wider city. The artists examine how these diverse—and typically problematic—façets can be linked and complement each other. The result is a series of new proposals specifically conceived for this exhibition and which show how the tradition of monuments can be reinterpreted through artistic language. These proposals look at the balancing of past and future, of central power and citizens' participation. Nonument can also be seen as an open laboratory on the proliferation of symbols that are colonising our environment and collective space, and a place from which to investigate how artists can join the debate.