Meadows Museum presents "Ignasi Aballí" opening day
The Meadows Museum, SMU, will present an exhibition of work by the Spanish conceptual artist Ignasi Aballí, ahead of his solo presentation at the Spanish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. Aballí is the first Spanish artist to visit Dallas and exhibit work at the museum as part of the MAS: Meadows/ARCO Artist Spotlight program.
Established in 2019, MAS is a six-year partnership between the Meadows Museum and Fundación ARCO, the leading organization behind Spain’s premier contemporary art fair, ARCOmadrid. MAS selects one contemporary Spanish artist with limited recognition in the U.S. biennially to present their work at the Meadows Museum. Aballí, who was chosen to represent Spain at the 59th Venice Biennale starting in April, will visit Dallas in early March for the installation and to participate in educational programming designed to engage SMU and the broader Dallas community.
Aballí is a conceptual artist whose multimedia work often incorporates unusual materials that challenge the viewer’s perception of reality while raising questions about transience and permanence. The Barcelona-based artist was the focus of a survey exhibition at Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in 2015–16. Throughout his career, he has frequently made deliberate use of overlooked or obsolete materials, such as banknotes that have been removed from circulation, dried leaves, or dust to explore themes such as ephemerality and absence.
Aballí was selected for MAS through a juried process involving representatives from both Fundación ARCO and the Meadows Museum. Fundación ARCO assembled a nominating committee, comprised of two collectors and two directors of institutions dedicated to contemporary art in Spain, who proposed four Spanish contemporary artists for participation in the program, and presented a portfolio of the semifinalists’ work to the Meadows Museum selection committee. The Meadows Museum’s committee, which included members of the museum’s curatorial staff, three collectors from the Meadows Museum Advisory Council, and an esteemed curator from a peer museum, then reviewed the portfolios of the four semifinalists the four artists and selected Aballí as the inaugural artist for the MAS program. The next MAS artist will be decided in early 2022.
The exhibit will be on display through June 26.