Tour to the exhibition 'Oscar Masotta. La teoría como acción'

Tour to the exhibition 'Oscar Masotta. La teoría como acción'

Fecha de inicio: 
3 May 2018

 

On May 3, the collaborators of the MACBA Foundation attended the guided tour of the exhibition Oscar Masotta. Theory as action, leaded by the curator Ana Longoni, Director of Public Programs of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
The exhibition covers the artistic career of Oscar Masotta (Buenos Aires, 1930 - 1979, Barcelona). The controversial Argentine intellectual is a pioneer and revolutionary in free creation; his apparently dissonant discourse has been attributed to the artistic avant-garde, of which he was a staunch critic. Passionate about Marxist political militancy, he delved into psychoanalysis influenced by French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, as well as literature, comics, or "Happenings", which were seen with scepticism in his time.

Despite not considering himself a Happenist, Masotta produced several "Happenings" or "Antihappenings" like Para inducir al espíritu de la imagen, 1966, El mensaje fantasma, 1967 or El Helicóptero from 1967, which is considered one of his most famous "performances". In it, he explores the story in direct communication, on how the experience lived by an audience is beeing transmitted to another part of the group that has not experienced it. It is interesting to observe, in contrast, Dora García's work from 2015, (which has been placed opposite to his work in the exhibition) where the artist recreates the action of Masotta, with an audience from San Sebastián.

According to the Argentine artist, the purpose of art in the media was to reverse the usual relationship between the media and the contents communicated.