City Life Org – “Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene” on view at the Guggenheim until September 5
installation view, Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin TrianguleneSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, May 27, 2022–September 5, 2022. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2022.
Pioneering Chilean artist, poet, activist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña explores themes of memory, language, science, spirituality and indigenous knowledge.
Exposure: Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location: High Gallery and Rotunda Levels 1, 2 and 6.
Dates: May 27 – September 5, 2022
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents an exhibition devoted to the Chilean artist, poet, activist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña (born in 1948 in Santiago), who has lived in New York for forty years. Showcasing Vicuña’s artistic output from the late 1960s to the present, this focused exhibition showcases new works specifically for this exhibition and the breadth of her multidisciplinary practice, including paintings, works on paper, textiles, films, a specific site Quipu (Node) installation, and Ex-termination Living Quipu, a unique performance in the museum’s rotunda commissioned by the Latin American Circle of the Guggenheim.
The title of Vicuña’s show, Spin Spin Triangulene, is a poetic creation based on new scientific discoveries that the artist relates to the spiral rotunda of the Guggenheim and the quipu, to emphasize the connection between science and indigenous knowledge that Vicuña has observed since his first encounter with cybernetics in as a young student in Chile. This is the long-awaited first solo exhibition of Vicuña’s work in a New York museum and brings renewed and overdue national and international attention to a pioneering contemporary Latin American artist.
Vicuña explores themes of memory, language, science and spirituality and indigenous knowledge in her practice. His early figurative paintings featured in this exhibition were conceived as an act of decolonization aimed at overturning the oil tradition imposed on Indigenous culture by European conquest. These works combine his biography with the history of the rise of socialism. Following the 1973 Chilean military coup that inaugurated the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, Vicuña went into exile in London and, as the political activism of her art intensified, icons and influences revolutionaries – ranging from Karl Marx and Chilean folk singer and social activist Violeta Parra to popular Andean art, animism and indigeneity, which had long been his subjects, became poignant symbols of what was under attack. In addition, one can see in textiles, films and works on paper the languages of Vicuña Palabrarmaor “weapons of words”, which are politically engaged riddles and metaphorical poems, showing his conception of language as a living entity.
In the mid-1960s, Vicuña began its Quipu series, soft sculptures made of suspended strands of knotted and unspun wool sometimes associated with found objects. The quipu (in Quechua, khipu, meaning knot) was a system of knotting colored threads to convey complex narrative and numerical information, created in the Andes in South America and later abolished by European colonizers. Vicuña reinvents it Quipus as a poetic response against cultural, ecological and economic violence. In this exhibition, the artist creates an installation in three parts, Quipu del Exterminio / Extermination Quipu (2022), depicting life, death, and resurrection as a call to action to halt the extinction of terrestrial species and the loss of biocultural diversity. On August 31, the artist will perform Ex-termination Living Quipu in the rotunda of the museum, a ceremony and a participatory event for the healing of the land, where the public is invited to take part in a collective gesture of weaving love for the land and the sea.
Learn more about Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene through the Guggenheim digital guide, with audio commentary by the curators, as well as narrated and written information on selected works by the artist herself.
This exhibition is curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.
Ex-termination Living Quipu: A performance by Cecilia Vicuña
August 31, 2022–6:30 p.m.
Climate change threatens our survival; the 2022 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report issued a final warning that large parts of the planet will soon be uninhabitable for humans.
Ex-termination Living Quipu is a ceremony for the healing of the land, a participatory event where the public is invited to take part in a collective gesture of weaving love for the land and the sea.
Presented in collaboration with Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene, the first solo exhibition in a New York museum by pioneering contemporary Chilean artist, poet, activist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña, this rotunda performance is part of the Guggenheim’s Latin American Circle Presents series and is curated by Pablo León de la Barra, General Curator, Latin America; Joan Young, Senior Director, Conservation Affairs; and Guggenheim Public Programs.
Tickets will be released in June.
Major support for Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene is supplied by The Macallan Scotch Whisky; Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann; Catherine Petitgas; and Lehmann Maupin. Additional support is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd.; the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation; the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation; Liza Mauer and Andrew Sheiner; Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield; DIRAC – Division of Cultures, Arts, Heritage and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile; the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation; Fundación antenna; Gallery Patricia Ready and Fundación Arte+; and Antonio Murzi and Diana Morgan.
Additional funding is provided by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s International Director’s Council and its Latin American Circle.
About the artist
Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948, Santiago) obtained her MFA from the Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Chile, in 1971 and pursued postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, from 1972 to 1973. Vicuña currently lives and works in New York and Santiago. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (coming soon); Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, (2022); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid (2021); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2020); Museo Universitario Contemporary Art, Mexico (2020); North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida (2019); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2019); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2019); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2019); Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus (2019); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2018); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2018); the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2018); Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago (2018); Center for Contemporary Art, New Orleans (2017). The vicuña has been featured in many exhibitions and biennials; the artist will be included in the upcoming 59th Venice Biennale, The milk of dreams, and received the Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (2022). His work is part of numerous international private and public collections, including the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; Lorraine Regional Contemporary Art Fund, Metz, France; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago; Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA); San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Perez Miami Art Museum; Princeton University Museum of Art, New Jersey; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate, London. Vicuña is the author of 27 volumes of art and poetry published in the United States, Europe and Latin America. His filmography includes documentaries, animations and visual poems.
About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art through exhibitions, educational programs, research initiatives and research. publications. The international constellation of museums includes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. An architectural icon and “temple of the spirit” where radical art and architecture meet, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is now part of a group of eight structures by Frank Lloyd Wright in the United States recently designated as a site UNESCO World Heritage. To learn more about the museum and the Guggenheim’s activities around the world, visit guggenheim.org.
To help offset the carbon emissions of this exhibit, the Guggenheim is partnering with Art into Acres, supporting their work in forest conservation, thanks to the generosity of Wendy Fisher and the Kirsh Foundation. We are committed to taking a future-focused, holistic and adaptive approach to sustainability and inspiring action around the current climate crisis.
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