Antonio Ortega Spain, 1968
Antonio Ortega's artistic practice is centered on installation and performance. With minimal, apparently innocent gestures, his works aim to question collective conventions that revolve around the conflict between authority and authorship.
Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and professor of Art and Design at La Massana, Antonio Ortega began his artistic activity with projects such as El Arte Doméstico (La Capella, 1999), Registro de Kindness (Sala Montcada, 2000) Antonio Ortega and The Contestants (The Showroom, London, 2002), Opfer sind wir alle (Museu Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach, 2003) or Faith and Enthusiasm (Espai 13, 2004).
Since 2007 his production has focused on experimental writing with works such as I hope Alice Cooper does not become a vegetarian (SMOCA, Phoenix AZ, 2007) or The Best Ten Tips Ever, In Alphabecal Order (Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, 2009) in which the artist plays with the performative conference and the heterodox theatre.
In 2013 he published Demagoguery and propaganda in art according to Antonio Ortega and Self-management, an essay with the same name as the exhibition he curated for the Fundació Joan Miró in 2017). He has recently presented The Lesson of Johanna Van Gogh (2021) published by Como Ediciones.
Among his recent artistic projects, the plinth installed on the entire second floor of the MACBA Intento de glossar el concept demagogia (2014) stands out; the ozone generator that built a space of 1047 m3 d'air puriﬁé for the Biennale Louvain la Neuve (2017); or the permanent installation in the dome of the MNAC Mà parallamps (2022).
El múltiple i la seva rèplicaAntonio Ortega 19 March - 14 May 2022 Locker RoomUn dia de 1991 Antonio Ortega passejava pels magatzems Le Samaritane, a París. Allí, Ortega, en aquell moment estudiant Erasmus, va passar per l'apartat de bricolatge i va comprar un...
Hablar por boca ajena. Cielo: CodaDavid G. Torres, Antonio Ortega & Marc Caellas 28 May - 19 November 2016 ADN PlatformParlar per boca aliena. Cel: Coda és una exhibició sobre traços, narratives of alien experiences, metanarratives o metanarratives. Its inspiration menges from “Cel”, a non-fiction novell depicting radical outlooks from...