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A dialogue on forgotten, failed art - a new MNAC exhibit

A new Barcelona display by sculptor and painter Pere Llobera explores the question of “art created outside official history”

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09 November 2018 03:08 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

What happens to art if it fails or is forgotten? This is the idea that Catalan sculptor and painter Pere Llobera explores in his new exhibit at the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).

The exhibit comprises works by Llobera, other artists, as well as items from MNAC’s collection, all of which were “created outside official history” according to the description, done by “forgotten artists,” during “careers cut short.”

And as with the ever-romantic idea of the struggling artist, these stories “are often seeped and permeated in nocturnality and alcohol, a fact to which the title alludes.”

Named ‘Ethylic Suppuration of Stone,’ the collection includes discs, poems, paintings, sculptures, to be found in the Educart room of the museum until March 3. Pere Llobera was born in Barcelona in 1970, and now works between the Catalan and the Dutch capital. 

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  • A museum-goer in front of a piece of Pere Llobera's 'Ethylic Suppuration of Stone' exhibit at the MNAC on November 9 2018 (by Pere Francesch)

  • A museum-goer in front of a piece of Pere Llobera's 'Ethylic Suppuration of Stone' exhibit at the MNAC on November 9 2018 (by Pere Francesch)