39 spotlight nally renowned Spanish diploma?True, there is the Programa de Estudios Independientes of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), created in 2006 by the all-powerful Manuel Borja-Villel (1), but its fame has never gone beyond Iberian borders. As a result, in order to acquire a certain legitimacy, young artists have to complete their studies abroad, with a preference for Goldsmiths College (London), Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), the Royal College of Art (London), the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (Paris). It is no coincidence that two of the most significant art grants in the country – that of the Fundación Banco Santander and that of La Caixa – permit the funding these studies abroad. But diploma in hand, they are forced to juggle between a paltry offer in their country of origin and an environment that is not theirs. “Since leaving Spain, all of a sudden I’ve suddenly had offers of exhibitions there,” several of them confide in me, half amazed, half annoyed. Ian Waelder, a young Majorcan Spanish artists are becoming more and more like French football players. Like them, there comes a time when they are forced to emigrate in order to be able to progress. Like them, it is often through international recognition that their careers take off. Like them, they would like to be able to count on a context that rather makes the middle-class flourish and not only one or two (very) predominant players, whether called ParisSaint-Germain or Centro Reina Sofía. But unlike them, their difficulties begin earlier. French football training centres are much more recognized than art courses in Spain. Besides, who can name a single internatio- (1) Manuel Borja-Villel est directeur du Museo Reina Sofía, à Madrid, depuis 2008. Aurélien Le Genissel est critique d’art et commissaire d’exposition basé en Espagne. Directeur artistique de la Blueproject Foundation de Barcelone entre 2013 et 2018, il est actuellement directeur de la foire d’art vidéo de Barcelone. Loop Page de gauche, en haut et ci-dessous / top left Exposition « Querer Parecer Noche ». and below: CA2M, Madrid. 2018-19. (Ph. Iñaki Domingo)
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