2016-08-10

San Sebastian 2016 and Artium present the exhibition ‘1989. After the Conversations of Algiers. Delirium and Truce’

This exhibition, curated by Carles Guerra and part of the 'Peace Treaty' project, presents the effects of terrorism on art between 1987 and the "definitive cessation of armed activity" by ETA in 2011.

The exhibition can be visited until 1 November in the North Hall at the Artium Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz and it will later be transferred to the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona from 11 November to 15 January.

The exhibition will open next Thursday at 20:00. Before that, at 19:00, Carlos Guerra will give a talk.

Today, Artium, the Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art and San Sebastian 2016, European Capital of Culture, have presented the exhibition '1989. After the Conversations of Algiers. Delirium and Truce'. Curated by the director of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Carles Guerra, it is one of the seven case studies that support the central exhibition of the Peace Treaty project, the most ambitious in San Sebastian 2016's programme. This exhibition is co-produced by Artium, Fundació Antoni Tàpies and San Sebastian 2016.

In the words of Guerra himself, "Far from illustrating violence with the ethical and political perspectives that violence itself has generated", this exhibition presents the effects of terrorism on art produced during the historical interval from the Conversations of Algiers (1987-1989) between ETA and the Spanish Government, to the "definitive cessation of armed activity" in 2011.

In this exhibition Guerra focuses on the alteration of the meaning of images and objects as a result of the violence suffered during this period. According to him, "these are objects and materials which are literally intertwined with the events in such a way that they lose their ability to illustrate them".

For this purpose, the curator has gathered more than a hundred works of art and other documents and objects. The artists represented include Jorge Oteiza, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Miró, Néstor Basterretxea, José Gutiérrez Solana, Luis Claramunt, Jeff Koons, Allan Sekula, Ibon Aranberri, Eduardo Nave, Jon Mikel Euba, Asier Pérez, Xavier Ribas, and Iñaki Garmendia, among others. It also contains a broad selection of press photographs by photographers such as Manel Armengol, Jon Urbe or Jon Herraez, among others, and a variety of documents, some of them linked to artists such as Jorge Oteiza, provided by the Sancho el Sabio Foundation or copies of the Zutik magazine.

Likewise, Guerra has collected different objects such as a cassette tape from 1976 that bears an annotation added at the archives/library of the Benedictine Monks of Lazkao, where it is housed. The inscription states that the tape contains a recording made by an ETA cell, but that the first few minutes are silent so that in the event of it falling into the hands of the police, it would appear to be a blank tape with no content at all. Likewise, also on display will be the USB thumb drive received on 20 October 2011 at the news desk of the Berria newspaper containing the announcement of ETA's definitive cessation of armed activity, published the following day by the same newspaper.

The exhibition can be visited until 1 November at the Artium Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz and it will later be transferred to the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona from 11 November to 15 January.

The exhibition will open next Thursday at 20:00. Before that, at 19:00, Carlos Guerra will give a talk. On the other hand, Friends of the Museum can enjoy a guided tour with the curator at 18:30. At the weekend (Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14) the "You Decide" fee will be applied at the entrance to the exhibitions for Friends of Artium.

"1989. After the Conversations of Algiers. Delirium and Truce" is completed with a cycle of four films chosen by film historian Luis E. Parés. The films will be screened between the months of September and October.

Peace Treaty

Peace Treaty is one of San Sebastian 2016's most ambitious projects. It is deployed in several locations of the region to explore representations of peace in the history of art, culture and law. It receives the general sponsorship of Telefónica and includes a central exhibition that is held at Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea and the San Telmo Museum until 2 October, seven exhibitions on historical events -case studies- a monographic study on José María Sert, and seven contemporary productions called "Outskirts" by international artists.

The general curator of Peace Treaty is Pedro G. Romero and Santiago Eraso is the promoter of the idea.

Carles Guerra

Carles Guerra is the director of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona). He was previously the director of La Virreina Centre de la Imatge (Barcelona) and was the lead curator at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). His career has focused on the practice of art, education, criticism and curating, as well as teaching. Among many other projects, he has curated "Antifotoperiodismo" (La Virreina Centre de la Imatge) and "1979. Un monumento a instantes radicales" (La Virreina Centre de la Imatge). He has been a member of the editorial board for the Cultura/s supplement which is published by the La Vanguardia newspaper. In 2010, he was presented with Barcelona's Premi Ciutat award.

Now at the Artium
"1989. After the Conversations of Algiers. Delirium and truce" (Peace Treaty project, DSS2016). Until 1 November 2016.
"La trampa en la sonrisa" ("The trick in the smile"). Artium Collection. Until 1 November 2016
"El hombre que ríe" ("The man that laughs"). Iñigo Royo. Until 16 October 2016
"El fuego de la visión" ("The fire of vision"). Marina Núñez. Until 1 November 2016
"Muro de maravillas" ("Wall of wonders"). Educational exhibition until 1 November 2016
"El deporte visto desde el arte" ("Sport seen from art"). Bibliographical exhibition until 29 October 2016

Timetable of the centre/museum
Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: from 11.00 to 20.00 (uninterrupted)
Closed on non-bank holiday Mondays
General admission: € 6
You Decide fee*:
Wednesdays, all year round
Weekend after the inauguration of an exhibition
Students, unemployed people, pensioners and under-14s
*You Decide fee: you decide whether you pay and how much. The contributions made will be used to develop programmes and to support the centre/museum.
Annual pass: € 10
It enables you to visit the exhibitions for a whole year starting from the date of purchase.
Library and Documentation Centre timetable:
Monday to Friday: from 11.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 19.30.
Saturdays from 10.00 to 14.00 (closed on Saturdays during August)
Closed on Sundays
Free entry

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