Intervention at the National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain. Saturday, December 3, 2011.
We've all spent some time walking through an exhibition where, especially if it´s about modern art, we see objects or spaces at the exhibition that we consider "better art" than the one exhibited. Well, without going any further, recently, I thought that. I decided I should take those so suggestive lifts´s holes, which are at the museum itself, as an "artistic" piece (!?).
The strategy was to organize it. How can you legitimize some of the reality, something already done, to make it as a personal work. From there to the Marcel´s "ready-made" or the Surrealism, just a sigh.
Second, how we identify museum items, which element help us to differentiate an item of furniture from an art object exposed? most of the times: the museum label. Next step: copy typesetting of the museum labels, display order, etc.. easy, photographing a pair of museum labels is enough!
Third, decide best day and time to place this label in the museum?
Well, why not Saturday, about 14:30, the entrance is free, lunch time, more or less impaired vigilant attention; eh .... Voila!
With a hunter´s patience, quickly and double-sided tape, museum label already in place. Record it and Exit!
Feeling high and messages to colleagues to announce the intervention. Called at 20:31, it confirmed that the museum label is hanged. Well, now is the hard part, will last until Sunday?, All day Sunday?
On Sunday morning at 11:27 was gone.
Reflections "after the event":
How much time must elapse before the work is legitimate? It would suffice to an hour, seconds, minutes? Days? Many? Half Saturday is enough? It must be a week? is this relevant?
The fact that this label is no longer, de-legitimize the intervention?
Playing with the irony of the title ... missing the label, the work is still mine?
A girl friend who knew nothing about anything asked me, "but where's the work?" On Sunday morning I found the answer: "... on youtube!"
If the intervention has been recorded (poorly or not) and is posted on youtube ... there!
That all this not interested "media" minimize such intervention? Yes, of course, is obvious. I care? Well ... frankly, NO.
All those who take the reasoning of the "ready-made", art bloggers, the museum itself (remember that currently exhibits two or three pieces of Duchamp and even at the souvenir shop can be purchased "ready-mades", ...a real aberration!) why silence the intervention. Duchamp himself YES, something like this NO? Ya, ya ... I detect some contradiction in that direction. But it's good to know who plays which game, it is always information.
To top it off, the icing on the cake, in another room MNCARS as self promotion this sentence written on the wall: "The museum becomes a work of art, actually creates it. The museum is a representation mechanism that transforms and also conditions exposing "(sic)
"Disappearance, Houdini´s lift (first and second floor)" could be the first ready-made in history that already was at the museum, at the time of its appearance. The ordeal of any work of art: "artist-gallery-public-"auction-house"- museum"; cleared at once. From the museum to the museum, remains in the museum. Unlike such interventions (by Mike Nedo at the Bilbao´s Guggenheim made or those by Banksy), where artists hanged some on the walls of the museum, I do not hang anything except the museum labels. Conceptual hundred percent. At least the title has to be something that allows fast reading of the load ironic that the piece has. Could have picked a more highbrow title if, instead of mentioning a magician had made a reference to Perec, and his book. Too kinky curl.
No more theories, or double intentions, I bid you farewell. See you soon.