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50 years ago

: July 3, 2020 - February 28, 2021
Curator: Víctor Pérez Escolano, Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes
Coordinator: Alberto Figueroa
Documentation: Mercedes Conradi
Space: East Cloister 1

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo or Museum of Contemporary Art of Seville (MACSE) is an essential chapter in the history of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, for the 1997 merger between these institutions made the CAAC what it is today. Now, fifty years after its founding, the time has come to remember and attempt to tell the story of the museum's decisive early years. This exhibition therefore focuses on its early history, a time when there were many actors, though two stand out above the rest: Florentino Pérez Embid, Director-General of Fine Arts and advocate of the MACSE, and Víctor Pérez Escolano, its first director, the person who charted its initial course and assembled the core of its future collection. The adventure that began fifty years ago continues today, offering insight into the relationship between art, museology and power

We always remember the past from the present. While it may sound obvious, that fact is central to this exhibition, for it is underscored by two key concepts-archive and collection-intrinsic to the very idea of a museum. At first it may seem that there are two parallel exhibitions, an impression reinforced by the spatial arrangement, but in fact archive and collection intertwine to weave a more complex narrative. On the one hand, analysis and research work document the voyage from our prior assumptions and intentions to the evidence gleaned from the archives in our keeping. On the other, the vision of works brought to the collection in the early 1970s is altered when seen through the lens of the CAAC's latest acquisitions. And so, in a kind of endless double loop, this show confirms that we interpret the past from the present, but also that that past continues to shape the present of the CAAC and the way we continue collecting.



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Exhibition Labels [Leaflet]

Víctor Pérez Escolano: 50 years ago. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Seville [Víctor Pérez Escolano: 50 years ago. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Seville]

Imágenes en alta resolución [High Resolution Images]




Opening MACSE

Opening 'El comic' exhibition

Manuel Millares, Cuerpo caído, 1966

Luis Gordillo, Gran cabeza, 1965

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