– Autumn/Winter 2017

A Conversation between Manuel Borja-Villel and Marcelo Expósito

Manuel Borja-Villel, Marcelo Expósito

Installation view, ‘Campos de fuerzas’ (‘Force Fields’), 2000, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Photograph: Daniel Casanovas. Courtesy MACBA

Manuel Borja-Villel is among the most influential museum directors of the early twenty-first century. First at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, then at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) also in Barcelona and later at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), in Madrid, he has followed a different path from his colleagues, rejecting the neoliberal model of the art museum as a real-estate investment opportunity and refusing revenue-based exhibition choices in favour of politicised, critical and experimental practices. At the same time, he has been able to balance a radical ambition for art to be a socially transformative medium with solid support

  1. See Marcelo Expósito, Conversación con Manuel Borja-Villel, Madrid: Turpial, 2015. Translated from Spanish by Nuria Rodríguez. The authors would like to thank the Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FfAI) for their support.