Indésirables. From bombardment to the camp. Paths of exile.

1. Used to describe a person whose presence in a country is considered dangerous by the authorities of said country.
2. Used to describe a person with whom it is inadvisable to have any contact. 3. Unworthy of being wanted.
Synonyms: rogue, scoundrel, lout, crook, knave, idler, villain, vagrant, social climber, unworthy

  • 2022 October 29th - 2023 January 29th
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 19:00 p.m.
    - December 6th and 8th, opened
    - December 21st, 24th and 31st, 10:00 a.m. - 14:00 p.m.
    - December 25th, January 1st and 20th, closed

  • Tickets: 6€ (special price: 3€)
  • Tuesday: free entry
  • Guided tours (Basque / Spanish)
April 2006 Alexandra Ranner
Les indésirables Camp de Gurs 1940 Elsbeth Kasser
Cayuco 2013 Marcos Ávila Forero
Modular 2019 Iñaki Gracenea
Málaga1937 Rogelio Cuenca Elo Vega
The door of no return Langlands Bell

Indésirables tackles political and racial discrimination, wars and bombardments, the transport of exiled persons and deportees and the control of part of the population in internment, concentration or extermination “camps”, through the multidisciplinary work of sixteen international artists; etchings from the Disasters of War by Francisco de Goya (San Telmo Museum Collection), “camp” drawings and notebooks from Elsbeth Kasser Stiftung - AfZ Zürich (Zürich) and IAACC Pablo Serrano (Zaragoza), photobooks (Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection) and historical documentation from Musée d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux), Sammlung KLR-S (Berlin) and ACHAC (Paris).

Artists: Alexandra Ranner, Bani Abidi, Cristina Lucas, Emily Jacir, Esther Ferrer, Eugenio Ampudia, Halil Altinder, Iñaki Gracenea, Joseph DeLappe, Langlands & Bell, Marcos Ávila Forero, Mona Hatoum, Peggy Ahwesh, Pilar Millán, Regina José Galindo, Rogelio López Cuenca & Elo Vega

The control and confinement of masses of displaced civil population and the political, ideological and racial genocides of the 20th century, which lasted into the 21st century, were possible thanks to industrial development which transformed the flows of the open spaces and flows of the colonial system into borders and areas enclosed with barbed wire, barriers and concrete walls. From the colonial exploitation of slavery or from conquered territories, people and populations began to be considered a useless burden for States, being displaced, bombarded or deported to work, “ideological re-education”, concentration or extermination “camps”. Since the 18th century, colonial, nationalist and totalitarian ideologies have used sciences such as biology, anthropology, palaeontology, medicine and psychiatry to back up the irrational category of “human inferiority” and to legitimise the tools and (ab)uses of their domination. Ethnic, political, gender, social and marginal groups (including the sick and the poor) were considered degenerate, primitive or savage, “weak” for evolution, dangerous for “civilisation” and stripped of rights and citizenship.

Indésirables demands that a population used to the media spectacle of violence change their structures and to develop civil forms of equality and cooperation

The institutions that have lent works are: Elsbeth Kasser Stiftung - AfZ Zürich (Zürich); Instituto Aragonés de Arte y Cultura Contemporáneos, (Museo Pablo Serrano) Zaragoza; Musée d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux); Sammlung KLR-S (Berlín);  the ACHAC research grous (Paris); Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) and Fundación Botín.

Accessible texts

In order to make the exhibition accessible for people with visual disbility, it is possible to download its texts on mobile phones, thanks to the collaboration with Begiris association.

Guided tours

Every week there are guided tours to the exhibition.

  • Tuesday: 10:30 (Spanish), 18:00 (Basque)
  • Saturday: 10:30 (Basque), 18:00 (Spanish)

They are free with the ticket to the museum. Places can be reserved on the website (available from November 12th).

Booking and further information at 943 48 15 61, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Until January 2022, the museum has programmed many activities around the exhibition: talks, meetings with artists, panel discussion ... Consult the full agenda (in Spanish).



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