Friday, 10 January 2020 11:21

New exhibition at Artium Museum: Juan Luis Moraza. Gordailua 1987-1988 Depósito

Artium, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art, presents the exhibition Juan Luis Moraza. Gordailua 1987-1988 Depósito, (Room A3, from January 11 to August 30, 2020)

The project is part of the process of reflection on artistic practices in the Basque Country in the last quarter of the 20th century, which will be carried out by the Artium Museum in its 2020 programme.

The exhibition presents more than 60 little-known works by Juan Luis Moraza, which are included in the deposit that the artist made in the late 1980s in the Museum of Fine Arts of Alava.

The exhibition also presents a wide selection of diagrams, drawings, texts and an extensive bibliography that highlights Moraza's profile as a thinker and art theorist.

Gordailua 1987-1988 Depósito is curated by Beatriz Herráez and Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea and produced by the Artium Museum.

The programme that is commencing at Artium Museum in 2020 undertakes a broad debate about the artistic and cultural practices that took place in the Basque Country in the 1980s and 1990s, a period marked by profound sociopolitical transformations that have greatly shaped our present. An initial approach is highlighted by an almost unknown collection of sixty-five works by the artist Juan Luis Moraza (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1960), included among the valuable holdings that are held in Artium Museum. The merits of this group of works soon led to the construction of a case study whose specificity was able to provide a complex debate about the artistic languages and discourses that had defined this period. Juan Luis Moraza became one of the key figures in understanding this historical period in the Basque Country and its relationship with other artistic and cultural contexts because of his proven analytical capacity and extremely varied interests he covers in his need to understand the social, political and cultural circumstances in which the practice of art arises.

It was in late 1998 when Juan Luis Moraza agreed with the heads of Álava Provincial Council that a set of his sculptures would become part of the institution’s holdings in the form of a long-term loan, alongside a donation of five other pieces. With works dating back to between 1987 and 1988, this exhibition covers two series of works: Moldes para la oscuridad and Negaciones. A third series of tubular steel works from 1989, entitled ARLMA, completed this long-term loan. The exhibition is based on this two-year period, positioning the viewer in a period that coincides with the breakup of the CVA group (formed together with María Luisa Fernández). Contrary to what might be thought, this stratigraphic taster does not imply any less complexity, or the schematisation of his thought. On the contrary, it makes it accessible and its unity helps to clearly show the richness and intensities of his process, as well as the complex operational systems (structural, literal, symbolic) on which it is based.

More than two decades have passed since his decision in the form of a long-term loan until the organisation of this exhibition today, as it once again brings these works to light. Most of them have not been displayed since that time — with the exception of a few pieces that were included in the retrospective dedicated to him at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2014 — but they can now be seen on display in the rooms of Artium Museum together with a vast amount of accompanying material, such as drawings, diagrams, texts and various objects chosen by the author. The exhibition also includes a selection of 80 titles from the artist’s library that point to his interlocutors at the time and underline his nature as a thinker and art theorist, an individual accustomed to assuming the commitment of explaining the cognitive process he is undergoing.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Artium Museum has published a catalogue that includes a conversation between Juan Luis Moraza and Beatriz Herráez, together with images of the works on display and copies of original essays, texts, diagrams known as "technical fragments", and "poetic fragments" by the author.

List of works  About the exhibition  Images

Curators: Beatriz Herráez and Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea
A3 gallery, from 2020 january 1 to august 30
Opening: january 10, friday
7 pm: Encuentros con artistas: Juan Luis Moraza. Free entrance
8 pm: opening of the exhibition
Juan Luis Moraza. Gordailua 1987-1988 Depósito is a production of Artium Museum

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