Antimuseo is a research project about the “institutionality” of art, both in the sense of Art as an Institution, which includes ideologies, languages and historical narratives, as referred to the commercial, administrative and academic structure that feeds the broad organization chart of those who establish values, produce theory, manage, educate, advise, etc.
Antimuseo's project unfolds through the production of theory, artistic practice and political action, understood as a whole without precise delimitations.
The objective of our research is to make visible the dialectic between institutionality and creation. To challenge conventions and hierarchies. To claim art as a space for possibility and freedom.
In the first stage (92/94), with the name of Ojo Atómico, we develope a site-specific program in a former factory in Madrid. In the second stage (95/2000) without its own place, the site-specific program moved to different environments: empty locals, private homes, public spaces... In the third stage (2003/07), based in an old warehouse in Madrid, we began to investigate systematically on models of participation, and to contextualize the art work in specific social issues.
After closing the space in 2007, the Antimuseo has been focused on projects in public space, as the program of the Portable Contemporary Art Center, Mexico City 2009, that received an honorable mention of Ibermuseos Prize in 2010, or the exhibition Hand to Hand with General Cardenas, Mexico City 2011, a series of site specific works at the monument to this president, or the project Antimuseo of Medellin, developed for MDE11, International Meting in Medellin, Colombia, the workshop Antimuseo in Lima, 2013, or the research program How do you imagine a museum? at the University of Alicante, Spain in 2013.
The Antimuseo has also participated in several art fairs, in special sections for experimental proposals: Arte Santander 2011 and Munich Contempo. We has also edited books, the catalogue of Hand to Hand with General Cardenas, and the artist's book Les Spectaculaires.
2015 we develop a research on cultural policies in Madrid. Text are available in www.antimuseo.blogspot.com (only spanish).
Tomás Ruiz-Rivas (Madrid, 1962). Independent curator and visual artist. He is the founder of Ojo Atómico, today Antimuseo. His work has two centers: the institutional critique and the analysis of conflicts of Spanish art system. As an artist, Tom Lavin (his heteronimous) works on the Spanish identity and historical memory.
María María Acha-Kutscher (Lima-Perú, 1968). Feminist visual artist. The main focus of her work is the woman. Her history, the struggles for emancipation and equality, and how the feminine has been constructed culturally. Her work does not adhere to any particular language or style, nor is it identified with specific techniques or formats. Acha-Kutscher organizes her work in long-term projects, and for each one develops a unique language and methodology. She is possibly one of the few artists of her generation who defines themself as feminist. This decision is particularly accurate because of the political dimension of her work that plays a dual role: being an artistic product and also an instrument that covers a social need and also contributes to political transformations.