"Times of rebirth," said the Valencian president, Ximo Puig. And shortly he climbed the stairs to inaugurate the IVAM The exhibition Convulsive times. It was followed by a large autochthonous political procession that testified that the times, in fact, are rather pre-electoral. The mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, the Valencian vice-president, Mònica Oltra, the president of the Cortes, Enric Morera, and the councilors of Culture, Vicent Marzal, of the Treasury, Vicent Soler, of Transparencia, Manuel Alcaraz, among others, did not they lost the gala of the 30 years of Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, which was held on Wednesday night. Among the large crowd that crowded the lobby were local artists, friends of the museum, political advisers, some gallerists, journalists and snack hunters waiting for the ban to open.
The thing was more to walk around the house, without the ceremonial fanfares of the 25th anniversary, which Queen Sofia presided over, when Ciscar, the unnamable, directed and the PP ruled
But before, the speeches happened, correct, not very extensive. He highlighted the recurring memory of the figure of the former director of IVAM, Carmen Alborch, deceased last year, which started the biggest and most heartfelt applause. And also the allusions to "the moments to forget" of the museum, as Marzal pointed out, referring to the decade under the direction of Consuelo Ciscar, the oldest director of the museum whose name was not pronounced. The former director, now investigated for several crimes, did not appear, but her brother, Ciprià Ciscar, who was the political promoter of the IVAM during the presidency of the Generalitat de Joan Lerma, who also attended the event. They were not allowed to see, however, the familiar faces of the PP, on the day they lifted the secret of the summary of the case of corruption that affects the once almighty former president of the Generalitat, Eduardo Zaplana. Neither of Vox, still pending to look for the faces by Valencia. And at the last moment came Toni Cantó, the candidate of Citizens, when the political committee of the Botanical Government, that is, PSPV-PSOE and Compromís, culminated the journey through the 375 works of 125 artists who make up a sample that once again highlights the interest of the collection that has managed to hoard the IVAM, including the most recent acquisitions of Gilliam Wearing, Martha Rosler and Chema López.
The words, as is normal in these cases, went to the beginning, when the IVAM surprised the world contemporary art for its commitment to rigor and talent. Not in vain, some prodigious hands sculpted by Julio González, on whose work the museum's collection was built, receive the visitor in the exhibition. Hands that seem to scream and come out of horror.
After the succinct words of the current director, José Miguel Cortés, names like Andreu Alfaro, Tomás Llorens and Vicent Todolí came up. The first one already deceased, and the others, two absent last night. Todolí, former director of the Tate Modern, does not return to the IVAM since his departure in the mid-nineties and it is the soul mater of the collection of the new private center of artistic attraction in Valencia, Gens Pumps. Nor was there any institutional, artistic or museum representation from Madrid (if the Queen Sofía Museum's cession of the striking Socialité, Warhol and Basquiat paintings that can be seen in the exhibition is excluded for five years). The thing was more to walk around the house, without the ceremonial fanfares of the 25th anniversary, which Queen Sofía presided over, when Ciscar, the unnamable, directed and the PP ruled.
Neither Puig, nor Ribó, nor Marzal made mention in their speeches, as is logical, to the pre-electoral atmosphere, but below the podium, among the crowd, it was talk. At least, among that conglomerate maybe not very healthy of dimes and diretes that make up the pens, the politicians, the advisors and the little ones. That if the coincidence of the generals, the autonomic ones and the local ones in the superdomingo of the 26 of May agreed; that if better on April 28 and thus separate the appointments with the polls in order to differentiate between the management of here and there; that if it is going to give equal because Catalonia and the national agenda will vitiate before and after the most local debate. Some disquisitions not very artistic that branched into multiple clusters when the piscolabis began to parade, the music to be played and the rooms of the exhibition to be emptied of personnel.
Then it was a good time to go up and enjoy the show, curated by María Jesús Folch, Sergio Rubira and Cortés himself, and from the works of Rauschenberg, Genovés, Equipo Crónica, Brossa, Hamilton, Civera or Duchamp, through of which it is intended to combine great moments of contemporary art with personal microhistories, the everyday and the extraordinary, the historical and the current. But it's not that easy: you tell it and you throw a lot. But there is time, until April 19, 2020 when the exhibition closes. More than a year to decipher the convulsive times.