The Magic Mountain

Espai 13

Exhibition program
Preventive Archaeology
Lúa Coderch
Curated by
Oriol Fontdevila

In the past, they used to say that Barcelona was built entirely with stone from Montjuïc. People came to believe that, for that reason, the mountain had an infinite capacity for regenerating itself. Today, however, that capacity has been transformed into a virtue, that of providing the meaning the city requests for its development. As with the International Exhibition, the Olympic games, the project for the Esplanada dels Museus, the Font Màgica, the Mies van der Rohe’s Pavilion, the mountain has proved to be an unending resource of arguments and imagery for building the city.

The Magic Mountain is a story divided into 72 chapters that stretch the 72 days of the exhibition. Each chapter is an attempt to figure the circumstances surrounding what is known as the “historic present”, that is, the ways how a community constructs living in the present moment in order to trigger memorable experiences. Like Montjuïc, the exhibition presents itself as a boundless source of transmutations that show, in this case, how passion and the building of expectations are the unavoidable factors that provide experiences for the present, together with disappointment, frustration and a feeling of lack. Paradoxically, present time is a historical requirement. It is —in Lúa Coderch’s words— a “stupid time", unable to be meaningful by itself.