Permanent Collection - MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León


A museum can be many things in the same way that it can be of many things. The museum being introduced here deals with the artistic activity of the period that we dare to call the "present" and aims to become a useful and active element in the artistic panorama it sets out to represent. Although the museum is classical in form - an exhibition space, a collection, and related studies - its objective is, to some extent, to question the underlying structure on which this concept is based. This will require the museum to adapt, as far as possible, in order to meet the demands of the period in which it has been set up, and in which it will develop.

It may not be viable to try and make a museum of the present. The nearness in time, and our involvement in this reality, may prevent our grasping its nature or capturing its essence through the works we collect. However, at MUSAC we have opted to participate actively in the present in order to strengthen, as far as possible, the confidence in that which is current, thereby projecting our work in a solid way into the future. The present, as we understand it, involves nearness and includes that past time whose paradigms and problems continue to be valid. In calling it a "museum of the present", we are referring to a recent period in history, one which is still tender, a time which can not yet be read unequivocally, one to which it is still possible to make significant new contributions. In this sense, it remains difficult to systematically organise the art of the last fifteen years. The majority of the attempts at systematisation produced to date have failed to offer a clear taxonomic structure that is viable for this recent period.

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