Opening August 21th
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The current economic and environmental crisis compels us to rethink our practices as social actors and community citizens. This exhibition presents three works by Argentine conceptual artist Víctor Grippo (1936-2002), which propose a reflection upon food in times of crisis, the role of humanity in relation to nature, the role of citizens in relation to the community, and the role of the producers of meaning in relation to a public burdened by urgency. Thus, Naturalizing Man, Humanizing Nature (1977) presents food as matter in transformation, science as a mediator of practices that are harmful to the ecosystem, and food and work as vindicating gestures in chaos. The Artist's Food (1991) deals with the complex relationship between art and money, art and productivity, art and time. Within this context of degradation of civilization, how can art help? Can art generate food? Finally, the homage of the performance Construction of a Popular Oven for Baking Bread (1972) - made in conjunction with the sculptor Jorge Gamarra - is evocative of the communal ritual of eating. Thus, An Oven for Two Tables seeks to reflect upon food in times of crisis and the myriad of issues that arise from this reflection regarding our role as human beings vis-à-vis nature.
Víctor Grippo. An Oven for Two Tables is presented at BIENALSUR 2021 with the support of the Secretaría de Patrimonio Cultural del Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación.
Naturalizar al hombre, humanizer a la naturaleza - Energía vegetal (detail) 1977. Potatoes, glass flasks, ink solutions, bronze plaque and linen tablecloth on painted wooden table top and sawhorses dimensions variable installation: Transformation June 28 – October 19, 2014. Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City. Photo: Oliver Santana. Image courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York.