MACBA Collection: Prelude. Poetic Intention, Exhibition View, 2022 / Photo Miquel Coll
MACBA Collection: Prelude. Poetic Intention
Through Dec 31, 2025
Barcelona, Spain

A group exhibition that aims to reverse the dramaturgy of the museum by putting the artwork at the centre so we can address its will, its energy and its poetic intention.

What would happen if we separated the artwork from the museographic context that surrounds it? Would it be possible to think of museography as a kind of aphasia, a loss of language? Would it be possible to break up the dramaturgy of the museum that guides us in how to move through its spaces, how to register the artistic experiences they offer us, and how to apprehend the sensations that emanate from them? If we assumed that this shift were possible, what other meanings might arise, allowing us to interpret the work in a different way, and also to reinvent the museum as an institution? If that were within the realm of possibility, could we respond directly to the will of the work, to its energy and desire, to its ‘poetic intention’? Martinican poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant states that the poem must never deny the “way of the world”: can the museum put the work of art and the ways in which it reflects the world at the centre of everything?

Taking its title from Glissant’s book, Poetic Intention can be understood as an exercise in breaking free from the institutional framework, offering a space for reflection and critique in which ‘art’, both as concept and experience, is presented as a generative and emancipatory force. This new approach to the Collection features, in large part, works acquired in recent years, setting them in new relationships with the existing Collection, but it also includes works that are entering the Museum for the first time, making its history and context more permeable and open.

In this way, a new history is shaped: one that encompasses missing elements and focusses on alternative discourses, common spaces and possible scenarios, in order to question and redefine the relationships between artistic practices and their subjects.

MACBA Collection: Prelude. Poetic Intention
Through Dec 31, 2025
MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

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