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‘Sampler #3. Anti-books’

‘Sampler #3. Anti-books‘ at MACBA

The exhibition showcases a selection of books by artists from the 1960s and 1970s from the museum collection.

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in addition to the collection on display, has a huge archive with loads of very significant works. These, which visitors can’t normally see, are featured in a series of exhibitions so everyone can enjoy them. They are called ‘Samplers’. This month, and through well into 2020, the MACBA is putting on Sampler #3. Anti-books, showcasing an interesting selection of books by artists from the 1960s and 1970s, influenced by the conceptual and minimalist movements, from the more than 4,000 items of this type in the museum’s archive. The exhibition focuses mainly on work by three artists. The first is German artist Hanne Darboven, who created numerical series to describe the passage of time with complex mathematical operations based on calendar periods. It also features work by Sol LeWitt, who used the sequencing of pages to progressively develop his concepts, either through evolving geometric drawings or chromatic variations. The third artist in the spotlight is Dieter Roth, who used various art techniques and methods to express the minimalist movement.

‘Sampler #3. Anti-books’ is on from 25 September to 7 February at the MACBA Study Centre Wednesdays to Mondays at various times. In addition to the artists mentioned above, it also features work by Robert Barry, Chuck Close, Agnes Denes, Bruce Nauman, Edda Renouf and Fred Sandback.

The general ticket to the MACBA costs €11. You can get them at the ticket office or on the museum website.
 

Publication date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
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