Reconstructing Oskar Hansen's Strategies of Display
The exhibition at MACBA develops the idea of Open Form through the main areas to which Oskar Hansen applied it, aiming to show its multiple layers organised in a series of sections to be freely connected without imposing one ‘closed’ way of experiencing it. Furthermore, the architecture of the exhibition, addressing various exhibition concepts by Hansen, becomes an integral part of the display. This topic is based on Hansen’s primary idea to demonstrate the assumptions of Open Form in practice without translating space into words. That is why the main framework of the show is created by the reconstruction of two of his exhibition structures that Hansen prepared himself as curator. Starting with the presentation at the Po Prostu gallery in 1957, where the ‘choke chain’ construction stretched throughout the gallery space embracing paintings, sculpture and visitors, we move directly to his installation at DAP Gallery in 2003 (one of his last shows), where an abstract ribbon construction created a background, exposing people wandering around gallery. Alongside Hansen’s visual lecture about Open Form, these two realisations introduce the exhibition.
Title: Oskar Hansen. Open Form
Opening: Thursday, 10 July 2014
Dates: 10 July 2014 to 6 January 2015
Curators: Soledad Gutiérrez and Łukasz Ronduda in collaboration with Aleksandra Kędziorek
Design of the exhibition: CENTRALA
Architectural maquettes: onimo.pl
Exhibition organised and produced by: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.
The exhibition is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA grants and co-financed by the Polish funds in the context of a project realised together with the Bergen School of Architecture.