The first of four special publications to accompany a year-long
display of works from Barcelona's `la Caixa' Collection at
Whitechapel Gallery, selected by and featuring newlycommissioned
fictional works by some of the most original English and
Spanish-language writers working today. Established in Barcelona in
1985 by Fundacion `la Caixa', the `la Caixa' Collection of
Contemporary Art features over 1,000 works of international
contemporary art from the last 30 years, including artists such as
Antoni Tapies, Joseph Beuys, Cornelia Parker and Doris Salcedo. For
a major four-part display running from 2019-20, Whitechapel Gallery
has partnered with `la Caixa' Collection to showcase key pieces
from the Collection, with each of the four `chapters' curated by a
contemporary writer, who will also contribute a brand new work of
fiction in response to their selection. Each display will be
accompanied by a fullyillustrated catalogue featuring the works
displayed and the new text, accompanied by a foreword and
introduction from both institutions. The first chapter, on display
in Spring 2019, will be selected by the award-winning Spanish
novelist Enrique Vila-Matas (b. Barcelona, 1948; lives and works in
Barcelona), who has been described by The New Yorker as `arguably
Spain's most significant contemporary literary figure'. His work is
often described as metafiction, a form of writing frequently used
to examine the relationship between art and life. Vila-Matas' books
include Because She Never Asked (2015, originally written for
Sophie Calle), The Illogic of Kassel (2014), Dublinesque (2010) and
Bartleby & Co (2000), and his new book, titled Mac y su
contratiempo (Mac's Problem) will be released in English in April
2019, coinciding with the display at Whitechapel Gallery.
Vila-Matas has selected works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,
Miquel Barcelo, Dora Garcia, Carlos Pazos and Gerhard Richter.
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