"Oferta publica / Public Tender" is the first major presentation of Rita McBride's work in Spain. In a direct dialogue with the building's architect, Richard Meier, the artist has returned most of the museum's second floor to its initial and intentional state. This cleansing of the architecture puts the exhibition space on view as an object of study, putting it at par with the artworks it houses. With this bold intervention McBride has carefully re-constituted an environment in which art and architecture are synonymous.
The artist's excavation of the struggle between the inner workings of the museum and its architecture creates a powerful transparency, re-establishing the connection between the public function and the museum's day to day custodial operations.
SON[I]A talks to Bartomeu Marí, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Anne Pöhlmann and Rita McBride about the processes and ideas behind the exhibition.