Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear

from April 1st to October 9th of 2011

Stories of Material Life

  • Lugar:

    Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres

  • Comisario:

    Delfim Sardo

Entrada | Entrance: José Damasceno

Planta | Floor 1: Francis Alÿs; Julião Sarmento.

Planta | Floor 1: José Pedro Croft

Planta | Floor 1: Gordon Matta-Clark.

Planta | Floor -1: Pep Agut; Hans-Peter Feldmann

Planta | Floor 0: Markus Raetz

It is a presentation of works that, in various forms and on various artistic supports, configure the relationship that the artists in the exhibition establish with the materiality of quotidian experience. The works refer at times to the body (sometimes the artist’s own body, as self-representation), at times to the physicality of the space, and at other times to the political and productive relations that constitute our communal ways of life.

One of the central aspects of the exhibition, perhaps its starting point, is the presentation of a very significant series of works by the American artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1945 – 1978). The series is composed of photographs and drawings that map the exhibition and point out the various directions along which it develops.

Throughout the exhibition, the works relate to each other via axes of connection that highlight the diverse ways of representing and fictionalising the world, maintaining a constant feeling of disquiet and analysis arising from the confrontation between what is familiar to us (the house, the library, the media, the body, desire, economic and productive relations etc) and the subtle deviation and defamiliarisation that the artists use in their processes of representation.


Pep Agut | Helena Almeida | Francis Alÿs | Vasco Araújo | Richard Artschwager | John Baldessari | Fernando Bryce | James Casebere | Susan Collis | José Pedro Croft | Ángela de la Cruz | José Damasceno | Philip-Lorca diCorcia | Stan Douglas | Elmgreen & Dragset | Hans-Peter Feldmann | Fernanda Fragateiro | Carlos Garaicoa | Dan Graham | Paul Graham | Candida Höfer | Cristina Iglesias | Alfredo Jaar | Mike Kelley | Martin Kippenberger | Jürgen Klauke | Jac Leirner | Mark Lombardi | João Louro | Jorge Macchi | Gordon Matta-Clark | Bruce Nauman | Ernesto Neto | Oiticica & d’Almeida | Gabriel Orozco | Tony Oursler | Jorge Queiroz | Markus Raetz | Thomas Ruff | Julião Sarmento | Gregor Schneider | Thomas Schütte | Allan Sekula | Ettore Spalletti | Adriana Varejão | Jeff Wall | Lawrence Weiner | Jane & Louise Wilson