Extract from museums pressrelease:
Primer Acto / First Act
AUGUST 24TH-NOVEMBER 15TH 2012
This exhibition takes as its starting point the moment when the museum’s “curtain” re-opens at its re-inauguration ceremomy. Primer Acto (First Act) uses this event’s social and political aspect to problematize the museum’s function in relation to the spectator, the artwork, space and critique. By employing rhetorical elements of the history of painting and theatrical representation—such as the mirror and the curtain—it shows the link between expectations raised before any act or exhibition and what we see actually reflected on these stages. Also, various works critique and question the institution as a system that wields power over the public by defining a specific understanding and approach to art.
Mark Benson / Stefan Brüggemann / André Cadere / Tacita Dean / Thomas Demand / Ceal Floyer / Lucio Fontana / Andrea Fraser / Douglas Gordon / Adad Hannah / Fritzia Irizar / Adriana Lara and Natalia Martínez / Nils Nova / Goran Petercol / Wilfredo Prieto / SUPERFLEX and Jens Haaning
Artists from the Tamayo Museum Collection: Berenice Abbott Yaacov Agam Herbert Bayer James Brooks Eduardo Chillida Christo Carlos Cruz-Diez Hans Hartung Auguste Herbin Arcangelo Ianelli Franz Joseph Kline María Leontina Michele Nedelec Ben Nicholson Mark Rothko Gerardo Rueda Rodolfo Samonte Julian Stanczak José Soto Antoni Tàpies Victor Vasarely Yvaral Vasarely