Exhibition

Rodney Graham

Through the Forest

30 Jan. to 18 May 2010

Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham "Rheinmetall / Victoria 8", 2003

  • Fecha:
    12 June - 26 Sep. 2010
    Lugar:
    Museum für Gegenwartskunst de Basilea
  • Fecha:
    22 Oct. 2010 - 23 Jan. 2011
    Lugar:
    Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

In the biography of Rodney Graham (1949, Abbotsford, Canada) published in the exhibition catalogue, Grant Arnold recounts how on one of his many childhood strolls through the forests on the outskirts of Vancouver, Graham fainted while swinging near a ravine. Only the chance intervention of a tree trunk floating in the stream allowed young Graham to walk away from the accident unscathed. Years later, in 1976, Rodney Graham began his professional artistic career with a work that was strongly influenced by forests: 75 Polaroids, a series of snapshots taken at night in the Canadian woods. In 1994, the artist took advantage of a trip to Barcelona for an exhibition organised by Fundació Espai Poblenou to make a nocturnal trip to the mountains of Montserrat, which resulted in a new forest series of eighty polaroids: Montserrat.

The title of the exhibition Rodney Graham. Through the Forest is also a reference to one of the key phrases of the English translation of the novel by German playwright Georg Büchner, Lenz (1835), which deals with the romantic theme of being lost in the forest. Graham appropriated this text in his homonymous work, Lenz (1983).

The exhibition presented the forest as a leitmotiv, a place and a metaphor for the work of Rodney Graham, which is rooted in the conceptual art of the eighties and which playfully and theatrically explores the history of the art of our time through a complex collection of literary appropriations, films, photographs and paintings.

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Data inici:
22 Feb. 2010
Horari:
Espai:
Auditori Meier

Lecture by Grant Arnold on the exhibition Rodney Graham. Through the Forest

Data inici:
01 Feb. 2010
Horari:
Espai:
Auditori Meier
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