Throughout 2013, the CGAC will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary. As part of the celebration, the museum is going to host an exhibition entitled – precisely – 93 to remind us of the year it opened to the public. Designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, the museum has – over these twenty years – played an important role in the dissemination, preservation and study of contemporary art.
93 is an exhibition that lets the chronological scope define its essential matrix: like a slice of history, works by more than one hundred local and foreign artists working in various media and formats will be presented. Beyond the time period, the exhibition will showcase almost exclusively works from private and institutional collections in Spain, Portugal and France, reflecting the art scene in both private and institutional collections that – particularly in the Iberian – began its path after the normalisation of the political system with the advent of the respective democracies.
At the beginning of the 90s, we are able to discern a very deep change in methods of cultural production, precisely because the art system undergoes a significant and ongoing process of professionalisation. It is also a time when artists live on the dregs of the euphoria of the eighties, with a greater critical awareness of economic, political and social aspects arising not only from the deep market crisis at the end of the previous decade, but also due to the emergence of concerns and studies related to gender and a posture that was more tied to what has been called "relational aesthetics", as opposed to the previously privileged self-referentiality.
Thus, 93 will combine not only the emerging presences in different national contexts, but also artists we believe are paradigms for that new generation, on a horizontal timeline that will allow the viewer a precise trip through time. The exhibition, which is curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez, will open on 22 November 2013 and will last until 23 March 2014.