The Papers of the Exhibition (1977-2017)

International symposium on curating

The Papers of the Exhibition (1977-2017) is a collaborative project between Bulegoa z/b and Azkuna Zentroa which will be carried out with several different public instances: a prologue in September 2016, and a series of international encounters between 2017 and 2019. The project aims to study specific exhibitions between 1977 and 2017. Each international encounter will focus on a particular period of time.

The Papers of the Exhibition is framed by two dates, that mark the beginning and end of a four-decade period. One is 2017, which is not here yet but is to all effects “today.” The other is 1977, a turning point where Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s “after the future” begins, with the full advent of the post-industrial society and the exhaustion of modernity. The midpoint between 1977 and 2017 is especially noteworthy in the context of the Basque Country. 1997 is the year the Guggenheim-Bilbao was opened, inaugurating a new model for the city. The opening of the museum was also a symptom and a consequence of the profound cultural, economic, social and political global transformations that have given rise to the current situation.