Preview at the MARCO "Toujours. El Museo como Testigo"

Toujours. El Museo como Testigo / Toujours. The Museum as Testament

Toujours…Siempre…Always. Whether in French, in Spanish or in English, this simple word refers to the perpetuity. Always refers to something that will never end, that will remain forever. I like this idea. Is it not the purpose of a museum itself? Conserving, protecting and showing testimonies from different periods of time? Keeping records? This interesting problematic is the theme of the new exhibition showcased at the MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo).


One week ago, as a member of the MARCO, I had the privilege to be invited to the preview of this new exhibition: “Toujours. El Museo como testigo”. Why a French word in the exhibition’s title? Because all the works of art that compose the exhibition come from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux (CAPC) in France. And actually I am really happy about the idea that Monterrey opens so much its horizons and collaborate with European museums. I never considered myself as a patriot, however I can only feel a bit of pride!


It was the first time that I was going to a preview at the MARCO and if I had to say one simple word about it: nice! The evening was organized in three distinct times. First, an introduction about the exhibition in the form of dialogue between the curator of the exhibition and a responsible of the museum. I think that this particular time is always a key to understand what we are going to see, and I have to admit that Maria Inés Rodriguez (the curator) gave us precious information, really clear and really simple, with a contagious passion. Then, came the time to see the works of art. And finally we ended by a cocktail.


To be totally honest, I am not a fan of contemporary art. Contemporary Art still divides the public opinion and sparks wide debates. From an academic point of view, 3 disciplines were considered as real artistic fields: the painting, the sculpture and the architecture. But our society evolved and brought new problematic. Contemporary Art thus states that a simple object can be art if it brings a particular meaning, a particular reflection. Contemporary Art even states that life is art. Some think that it’s brilliant. Some others think that it’s bullshit. And finally, we always go back to the question: what is art?


From my point of view I am quite divided. I really do appreciate some contemporary artists such as Nan Goldin or Christian Boltanski for instance. But some pieces of art are just a huge joke for me so…But I see art in many different places and through many different fields: a textile, a ballet, a movie, a song, a piece of cloth, a picture…Is it art? And is it beautiful? What can be considered as art? What can be considered as beautiful?


“Toujours. El Museo como Testigo”, questions the purpose of the museum and the purpose of a work of art. Indeed, what is the destiny of a work of art? What is the mission of a museum? In this exhibition, the artists worked on this problematic and created original pieces of art, giving their own point of view. We don’t’ always understand. Contemporary Art is often enigmatic. And we don’t always like. But we ask questions to ourselves! We debate.


And then we enjoy a nice cup of wine, in a wonderful place, with the best company.



Here, an interview in Spanish of Maria Inés Rodriguez about the exhibition: http://www.marco.org.mx/index.pl?i=1287


NB: I unfortunately don't have pictures of the piece of art of Boltanski and regret it because this is according to me one of the most important contemporary artist. He especially worked a lot on the memory topic.


You Might Also Like:
IMG_4265
IMG_5337
IMG_4692
IMG_1104
24172240_10212716024489649_1752919120_n
27849115_10213277786053337_401265676_n
14151980_10208785073458330_1486765979_o
IMG_4266
IMG-20160904-WA0011
IMG_5837
IMG_5974
IMG_4268
27783600_10213277794893558_1566077392_n
27848342_10213277786253342_1414262318_n
IMG_1118
IMG_4783
IMG_4939
27848906_10213277774813056_1055473303_n
3
IMG_5328
IMG_4790
IMG_5556
27783078_10213277783373270_615039580_n
27935627_10213277781493223_1995789080_n
27783028_10213277779333169_187263273_n
27848886_10213277778533149_1184820304_n
27939584_10213277786173340_1607138926_n
IMG_5842
IMG_5815
IMG_5485
2
IMG_5477
IMG_4636
IMG_5577
IMG_5447
IMG_5811
IMG_5581
8
12539918_10207030365511728_1315066285_n
IMG_4958
12571382_10207030448833811_1820014040_n
A propos

Tout a commencé par un semestre d’étude…cela s’est terminé en déménagement. Moi c’est Hélène, et je me suis installée au Mexique en Juillet 2016, époque à laquelle j’ai débuté le blog. A French in Mexico, c’est l’histoire d’une française (moi) qui vit au Mexique et qui écrit plein de choses sur le voyage et la vie à l’étranger. Je partage ma découverte du pays et de sa culture, mais aussi mon expérience sur la vie d’expatriée, sa richesse, ses challenges et ses difficultés.

Plus d’informations sur mon parcours, ainsi que mes coordonnées de contact, sont disponibles dans la rubrique « A propos ». Bonne lecture à tous!

 

En savoir plus

© 2023 by Going Places. Proudly created with Wix.com