Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum

Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum


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    MAY 5, 2015 | TO THE FUTURE

    FRANCESC TORRES, "Old Flames", 2014, three discarded lighters and video, variable dimentions


    Francesc Torres, "OLD FLAMES".

    Francesc Torres is a contemporary artist born in Barcelona in 1948, who has lived in Paris, Berlin, Chicago and New York. He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporary de Barcelona, among others. In May 2015, he exhibits his mini installation titled "Old Flames" at the Davis Museum, The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.


    The artistic content of the work of Francesc Torres revolves around the analysis and representation of the relationship between power and politics, history and memory, between the public and the private, through the multimedia installations language, where he combines videos, photos, sounds and objects. Thus, he creates a strategy of appropriation and contextualization of ideas, events and historical conditions that exist outside the specific domain of art.

    While all his work revolves around the drama of contemporary history, in "Old Flames" the artist is looking to autobiographical facts.


    Francesc Torres is, for many years, a regular visitor to the Costa da Morte in Galicia, Spain, where he made contact with the "crebeira" culture which involves collecting objects on the beach thrown by the sea, including whole shipwrecks. This shows his interest in various forms of social models. The artist has chosen this natural environment as the scene of his video.

    The artist makes art with things of the world, with artistic and non-artistic objects that evoke a metaphor for a real experience and emotions, turning them into signs. Tracking the possible stories that are deposited in these objects of our everyday environment, Torres engages the archeology of the present.

    The eroded lighters by the marine environment, gathered on a beach in Costa da Morte, are a clear example of that archaeological process, they are like fingerprints of the human condition.

    The video installation “Old Flames” exists in a territory between performance, sculpture, event, video and conceptual art. When exposed at the Davis Museum’s Polling Station in Barcelona, enters the realm of collective art.

    It comes in a mini format installation consisting of these founded sediments and a video, presented in a continuous loop, which recounts the journey as artistic practice, with a devastating simplicity reminiscent of his early works made in New York. In this way the artist is presented as a documentary filmmaker, performer, collector and archaeologist of today.


    The artist selects and organizes the elements of discourse and passes it to the spectator, available for interpretation and the reading: the beach as a book and the anthropological sediment as the words of the sandy book.

    Thus viewers recognize themselves in these sediments as the materialization of memory and mystery; and discover a hidden truth, fighting against the time which devours and destroys everything around us in a slow and silent catastrophe.

    Francesc Torres's work is intelligent, incisive, unorthodox and relevant and it will continue talking, reflecting and revealing aspects of the human condition to men and women in the future.

    Davis Lisboa

    April 2015

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    Davis Museum | The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

    Davis Lisboa, "Davis Museum | The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona", 2009, plexiglas ballot box and vinyl, 7,8 x 7,8 x 7,8 in.

    Davis Museum | The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art, was founded on Facebook in 2009, is the smallest contemporary art museum in the world, with its own permanent contemporary art collection. It is also a ready-made sculpture and collective work of art. It is a non-profit artistic project that organizes and produces exhibitions, encourages research and promotes contemporary art exhibitions.

    Davis Museum has travelling exhibitions to other cultural centers, museums and institutions, nationally and internationally, while generating debate, thought and reflection. Its mission is the selection, presentation, study, dissemination and preservation of contemporary art by emerging and renowned artists from around the world.

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