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Radical Conceptual Art revisited: A social and political perspective from the East and the South

Project - Intro - English

This project addresses contemporary artistic heritage that has its origin in the 60s and 70s in the field of social and political conceptual art. It aims to involve new generations that are interested in the radical and anti-establishment attitude of last Century’s artists in the Eastern and Southern parts of ‘Western’ culture.

Thirty years have passed since conceptual art appeared on the international scene. It was a new and particular way of understanding art: some Southern and Eastern countries of Europe and Latin-America fell completely for the new idea and contributed to it with specific forms, different from the others because of their particularly radical social and political features. These aspects are quite unknown and have not been studied thoroughly enough.


The time has come for art historiography to deal with this question, to make an investment in recovering this heritage actively - as it is inherent to it - and to revisit the available literature on conceptual art, most of which approaches the subject in a very traditional way.


Our proposal is to initiate a research project about conceptual art of the 60s and 70s that makes a paradigmatic bridge between the works from East to South, from one side of the ocean to the other. An ‘immaterial’ network –open and flexible– that collects and categorizes the information and documentation on the subject. A project that facilitates its interpretation and at the same time articulates a vivid, participative ‘memory’, addressed to historians, researchers and artists interested in this subject. But above all, we have a project in mind that can provide the means for contemporary artivists to get involved in this process.


The opportunity of this project is directly related to the current situation, which is especially favourable towards the recovery of cultural heritage of this kind.



Conceptual Art

Conceptual Art is an umbrella term that refers to diverse horizons and movements appearing after the transubstanciation of artistic forms during the 60s and 70s. Conceptual Art is not a style; we talk about ‘conceptual piece’, ‘conceptual setting’, ‘conceptual attitude’, all of which have the common characteristic of the idea, the concept, being more important than the object itself. Conceptual Art as a document on the artist’s thinking. It is about potentiality. Conceptual Art also opposes the commercialization of art and the demands of the post-war ‘formalism’. It reflects on the phenomenon of art, looks for a new exploration of the nature of art and its social function, with a desire to intervene in life, in science, etc.


vivid = it is alive, it has a vital style, particularly intense, clear and luminous, with expressive force
radical = the artistic radicalism that wants to change everything from top to bottom
artivist = artistic activism at the service of ideas that can change reality, in the social and/or political sense    












Cultura 2000


Universitat de Barcelona





With special collaboration of MACBA


Special thanks to:
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Universidad Nacional de Rosario
Centro Cultural de España en Lima, Perú (AECI)
National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow


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