The collection of video art is composed of registered works in different formats (8mm and 16mm film, Betacam, VHS, DVD, digital video and slide), all of them signed originals. In addition, it includes authorized editions of works of historic video no longer available on the market.
The corpus now comprises more than 300 works, most of which are single-channel or video projection, and is structured into two mayor sections:
Under this title are to be found works carried out between 1963 and 1986, a period defined by Berta Sichel, reflecting in her words “the influence of technology and mass culture on social and artistic changes within an era: between the beginnings of cultural acceleration and cross-pollination of ideas. (...) Video established new circuits between reality and representation and redefined artistic practice”.
Altogether, presented is a compilation of 137 works by 49 (artist list). Seminal works by Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman or Nam June Paik represent the 70’s video creation in the United States. This is completed with pieces by important European artists such as Klaus vom Bruch, Marcel Odenbach and Ulrike Rosenbach. Creations by women artists, so important in this era, are represented by i.a. VALIE EXPORT, Carolee Schneemann and Joan Jonas, including indispensable videos in the area of performance and body art.
It may be relatively easy to compile a section of historic video and carry out a structured lecture of the pioneer video art creation. But from the 90’s on, this becomes impossible as this form of expression expands like no other artistic discipline. Single-channel led to video installations, topics increased in number and variety, and the new technologies open unexpected doors.
This part of the collection is the most personal and, though it does not abandon single-channel, it does incorporate other formats as well. It also is more eclectic with respect to the discourse set by the artists and, in addition it transcends the works produced in the United States and Europe as it incorporates pieces by artists from other continents.
Compiling a total of 163 works by 140 (artist list) the Collection gathers creations of already wellknown authors such as Marina Abramovic, Tony Ousler, Fiona Tan and Yang Fudong, coexisting with names like Laure Prouvost, Hans Op de Beck and Willie Doherthy, and “young promises” such as Yosua Okon, Hiraki Sawa and Patricia Esquivias. Spanish video is represented by works from i.a. Muntadas, Toni Abad, Sergio Prego, Fernando Sanchez Castillo and Laida Lertxundi.