Tonight we went down to the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art (MACE – Museu D’Art Contemporani S’Eivissa) for the first time for the opening night of the “Vida y Muerte” (Life & Death) exhibition by artist Isabel Echarri.
(The exhibition runs until 4th march 2013 in the weapons room.)
Looking at it from a laymans perspective & someone who doesnt go to too many art exhibitions it was really interesting – the “chess board” featured heavily in all her works – “life is chess?” sprang to mind. There were great trails of sand & salt on the floor & underneath a couple of the large exhibits – the trails, much to the odd amusement of anyone who noticed, were kicked & knocked inadvertently.
Once we’d had a good look around the exhibition and were about to leave (after the obligatory glass of cava) we realised the rest of the building & artwork was open – this was the revelation.
The word museum conjurers up images of visiting stuffy museums as a kid – however….
The exhibition was on the 2nd floor but when we started exploring the other floors we found brightly lit, airy spaces with a ton of what we guess people would call modern art but quirky and fun and “hmmmm…”.
We knew that when it was first built MACE had work stopped because they found original Roman ruins when doing the foundations and that they wanted to preserve them and incorporate them into the building somehow.
What we found was fun – walking over the ruins clearly visible and lit beneath your feet is both weird and odd “can we walk across this?” but there was no way to see some of the artwork on the other side of the room without doing just that.
MACE changed my whole view of “museums” in Ibiza and it’s a lovely building and space to showcase contemporary art.
The museum acquired its first works in 1964. Since then the collections have gradually developed over the years through prizes awarded by the Ibiza Biennale and Ibizagráfic, donations (such as that from Carl van der Voort in 1997), deposits, bequests and acquisitions.
To get there, take the ramp to the right of plaza del parque (by the vara de rey) and as soon as you get to the top head to your right where you will see the entrance. Go have a wander around if you’re in Ibiza Town – or make a trip…
Some video and photos below.
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