ABSURD HUMOUR: A CONSTELLATION OF FOLLIES IN SPAIN
31 JANUARY – 4 OCTOBER 2020
OPENING 30 JANUARY 20:00
CURATED BY MERY CUESTA
Advisors: Joaquín Reyes (humour), Luís E. Pares (film), Gloria G. Durán (avant-gardes), Gerardo Vilches (comic and graphic humour) and Desirée de Fez (internet).
Absurd Humour defines a new constellation of absurd humoristic practices in Spain. Starting out from Goya’s Disparates (The Follies), we take a look at the 20th and 21st centuries through the optic of Ramón Gómez de la Serna in order to espy different artists and humoristic ideas produced in Spain up until the current moment in time. The constellation of absurd humoristic practices showcased in this exhibition are mainly based on nonsense and collage (the mechanics of cut and paste) as a working method. And so, the folly and discombobulation are used as the basic strategies in the search for an absurd humoristic effect.
The exhibition unfolds as a constellation of names and practices but without following any kind of chronological order. The walkthrough is structured in nine sections: Folly in Spain – The Avant-garde and Humour – Absurd Customs and Manners – Discombobulation and Abstraction – Surrealist Humour – Domestic life – The Individual versus the System – Death– The Great Beyond. As a whole the exhibition will include the work of 110 artists and comics such as José Gutiérrez Solana, Faemino & Cansado, Miguel Noguera, Amparo Segarra, Millán Salcedo (Martes & Trece), Miguel Brieva, Flavita Banana, Manuel Summers, María Dolores de la Fe, Cifré, Hidrogenesse and Joaquín Reyes.
The result of the exhibition is a transgenerational overview that defines a sense of humour which observes the world from a playful suspended perspective on present-day circumstances. At the current moment in time, when humour is being harassed on all sides by censorship and hatred, our oasis of balsamic happiness is this art of the folly that uses nonsense as a source of fun and as an attitude towards life.
30 Jan. 9:30 pm
Concert with Ladilla Rusa
Ladilla Rusa is an electropop group formed as a joke in 2017 by two life-long friends, the journalists Tania Lozano and Víctor F. Clares. Since then, and always with their signature sense of humour and partying theme, they have popularized songs like Bebo (de bar en peor), Criando Malvas, Princesas and what is fast becoming a summer festival staple, Macaulay Culkin.
JARL. WORKSHOP-VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION
11 Feb. - 28 June 11:00 - 1:30 am
More information HERE.
5 Mar. 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Screening of film Total, directed by José Luis Cuerda
A parody of the lives of the inhabitants of a small village called Londres in the year 2598, three days after the end of the world.
Following the screening there will be a total conversation with Mery Cuesta and Noel Ceballos.
2 Apr. 6:00 - 7:30 pm
A conversation-debate between Nerea Pérez (Feminismo para torpes) and Victoria Martín (Living Postureo) on nonsense humour as a critical tool (or something similar).
Performative visits to exhibition: Wednesdays at 19:00 and Sundays at 12:30 (more information).
Absurd Humour: A Constellation of Follies in Spain is accompanied by an ambitious publication co-produced by the Astiberri publishers with a view to nationwide distribution in Spain. The publication, with the same name as the exhibition, includes essays by the curator Mery Cuesta and experts who have taken part in the process of research and development of the exhibition thesis: Joaquín Reyes (expert in humour), Luis E. Pares (expert in film), Gloria G. Durán (expert in the avant-gardes), Desirée de Fez (expert in film and internet) and Gerardo Vilches (expert in comics).
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