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2022 Programme

Programme 2022 (PDF)


Weaving connections, opening up to the world

Two years on from the outbreak of the pandemic, the virus continues circulating and wreaking havoc on our physical and mental health. The world is seemingly divided between those predicting an inevitable collapse and defenders of technological acceleration as a solution to the major challenges currently facing us. Within this context, culture and critical thinking have a crucial role to play. At a time of widespread uncertainty and unease, the fundamental questions return about the value of life and of freedom, or about the future of the human condition at the height of robotisation of the world. However, the pandemic has also left us with some learnings around which a possible future can be built: the world is interdependent and we are all part of an ecosystem of shared vulnerabilities. Literature, film, thought and art are precursors in the capacity of giving meaning to the phenomenon of living together and the exercising of the imagination and of empathy. When the world is locked down and uncertainty prevails, culture can contribute towards the creation of an open society capable of imagining a future full of hope. Culture has the power to re-stitch wounds, generate bonds and create universes. This desire to reinforce bonds and open up to the world provides the basis around which the structure of the CCCB’s programme for 2022 has been built.

Following in the wake of the mask exhibition, in spring the CCCB will help to rescue from oblivion the figure of Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles, who revolutionised psychiatric institutions from exile in France. A man of action and an intellectual of the highest order, Tosquelles turned the Saint-Alban asylum into a refuge for those resisting fascism during the Second World War and used culture as a therapeutic tool, inspired by his experiences during the Republic and the Spanish Civil War. For Tosquelles, “the destination of madness is the essence of man”, and only by opening up the institutions and connecting patients with the whole of society would it be possible to cure mental illnesses.

An exhibition about the brain will be the second project of the year, to tackle the complexity of this fundamental organ which governs the body and coordinates all of its functions. Dependent upon the brain are language, abstract thinking, the emotions, the imagination, consciousness and the capacity to create: in short, all that has traditionally defined human nature. And  yet, despite this centrality and advances in neurosciences and computing, its functioning continues to be a mystery. With this exhibition, the CCCB once more brings science out of the laboratory to approach it critically from a humanistic perspective.  

The third project of the year will revolve around comics, through an exhibition that will give a voice to a constellation of young avant-garde authors, in a gesture of support for a generation of local artists working under the sign of precarity and disenchantment. 

Over the course of the year, the city will be the subject of a series of programmes for rethinking urban spaces, profoundly transformed by technology and climate challenges. “City Symphonies” is a creation project with the association Dones Visuals which confirms the strength and vitality of the audiovisual programmes of the CCCB. The educational project ALIA will link the CCCB with seven metropolitan secondary schools and the Global Health Institute of Barcelona to reflect on the city and health. And the privileged observatory of European cities that is the European Prize for Urban Public Space will return with a new edition and with its international network renewed. 

Intensifying international relations after two years of restrictions and will also be a priority in 2022, and the CCCB will be reaching out and connecting with a dense network of partners. While Tosquelles will be travelling to Les Abattoirs, in Toulouse, to the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and to the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the exhibition on the brain was born in the Wellcome Collection in London and will land at the Fundación Telefónica in Madrid. “Cultures d’avenir” is a project for young creators with the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and the collaboration with the Royal Society of Literature in London will be another permanent international partnership. The continuous platform of the Kosmopolis Festival will reinforce the literary life of the CCCB and will complement its vocation as a centre for debate and thought. Rahel Jaeggi, Judith Butler, Judith Schalansky, Samanta Schweblin, Ali Smith and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor are some of the international authors already confirmed, in dialogue with a broad range of local participants.  

The year 2022 will consolidate the programme of mediation and education, which embodies its desire to renew the institution in order to open it up to new voices and communities, and to try out new forms of creation within a network, in interaction with the cultural and educational scene of Barcelona and Catalonia. In the midst of ongoing debate around the future of the museums, this programme crystallises the CCCB’s vocation for strengthening its roots and adopting greater openness. 

Judit Carrera,
Director of the CCCB