The Procurement Committee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) bought IKEA Disobedients, a work created by the architect Andrés Jaque, Professor of Projects in the School of Architecture at Universidad Europea de Madrid. The work will be first presented in video format as part of the Ways of Being Political installation hosted by the MoMA starting on September 12, 2012.
IKEA Disobedients is composed of an installation and a performance through which the artist has constructed a public space to show situations that often occur in the privacy of homes. The installation consists of a pile of furniture from IKEA assembled in without reference to the detailed instructions provided by the company. The performance brings together a group of people who disobey the mandates of IKEA directions, 'the IKEA Disobedients' thus create a situation that combines a living space and their own perspectives at the same time. The piece was first introduced in November 2011 as part of the Performance and Architecture exposition, which took place in the Tabacalera building in Madrid.
According to Jaque, "This acquisition is an important milestone for MoMA and for architecture, because the discipline has mostly been valued for its formal aspects and in prioritizing the presence of objects like collections of architectural models, drawings and photographs of projects. This is the first time that MoMA has created 'situation' architecture, the formation of a small community. The only importance of this architecture and the buildings are the situations they help to generate. "
Andrés Jaque is a Professor of Projects at the School of Architecture of Universidad Europea de Madrid and heads the firm Andrés Jaque Architects and the tinylab Office for Political Innovation, a group focused on helping to create policies from contemporary architectural practices.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.