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The Office of Useful Art

19 June 2015

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Arte Útil’ roughly translates as ‘useful art’. This type of practice focuses on the applied dimension of art, stressing the beneficial outcomes of projects for their users. The archive of Arte Útil presents case studies that reintroduce the old idea that art is not for its own sake, but a tool or device for social change.

The Arte Útil archive

This is not an exhibition but a working space open to the public, where we invite contributions to the archive, subscription to the membership of the Arte Útil association and proposals for projects that it can address. You are invited to participate in this working space, with opportunities to make, create and share your ideas of what useful art means to you.

Developed in collaboration with artist Tania Bruguera, the Van Abbemuseum and the Internationale confederation of European museums as part of the Uses of Art programme funded by the European Culturefund and Arts Council England.


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