PUNK IS DEAD! LONG LIVE PUNK!

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An exhibition at MACBA performs the funeral rites on – or raises from the dead? – that thing we call punk.

There’s an obvious irony in punk’s gradual transformation from counter-cultural spirit to commodity-fetish of the art world. Luckily, the curators behind Punk. Its Traces in ContemporaryArt have side-stepped the, quite frankly boring, issue by declaring their exhibition not to be about punk but about the traces the punk movement left within the culture at-large. Smart move. 



Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of punk – not sure how they worked that out precisely – the exhibition gathers the paintings, photographs, installations, videos and more that captured punk’s spirit. Expect work from canonical legends like Basquiat to up-and-coming Spanish artists.  

ITZIAR OKARIZ, TO PEE IN PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SPACES, 2001 - 2004. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST. 

As the curators note, what Dadaism and Surrealism was to industrial modernity, punk was to mass consumerism. Speaking of which, admission is €5. 

 

Don't Miss Out

'Punk. Its Traces In Contemporary Art' runs at MACBA, Barcelona until 25 September 2016. To get there from Generator Barcelona, take the L3 Metro from Diagonal two stops to Catalunya and walk.