Today we seem to have reached a general consensus that the current function of the museum is to provide a context in which to frame historic processes. Yet as a context in its own right, as a formal and ideological device, what sort of explanation does a provincial museum like the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts propose? To what extent does it copy a museum from the metropolis? What value is there in the copy? What discourse does it expound and what image does it convey?
Épicas enanas (Dwarf Epics) wishes to heightened the already generalised state of paranoia in which we nd ourselves as an audience. The questions we, insofar as spectators, ask ourselves when we enter a museum, can usually be inscribed within a spectrum that spans from the institution’s pedagogic remit to the power structures that subtend it. It strikes us as paradoxical that by taking on the mantle of custodians of the canon, of staunch beacons of the greatest of our supposedly collective achievements and failures, they become caught up in a rat race that turns them into willing chameleons that justify their own existence and quell any debate.
By overlayering photography, lm, video and the museum’s own collection, we will set in opposition different formal and indeed narrative processes. The idea is to uncover the museum’s legitimising function and reveal how images ultimately seek to modify and control the very territorial and social structure in which they are inscribed.
9th November 2017 to 25th February 2018
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes
Calle José Murphy, 12. Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tel: 922 609 446 Horario: M-V de 10.00 a 20.00 h / S-D y festivos 10.00 a 15.00 h.
Artists: Teresa Arozena, Tony Cruz, Equipo Neura, Sofia Gallisá, Werner Herzog, Pablo León de la Barra, Silvia Navarro y Ágata Gómez, Pérez y Requena, Zilia Sánchez, Beatriz Santiago, Juan Carlos Batista.
COFF: Hans Bellmar, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Tacita Dean, Candida Höfer, Evelyn Hofer, Dorothea Lange, Ana Mendieta, Allan Sekula, Lorna Simpson.
TEA: PIC, Man Ray, Thomas Ruff; CFIT: Gerhard Richter
Colección Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Tenerife
Residencia Tarquis-Robayna: Adrián Alemán
Curated by Gilberto González