The Reina Sofía dedicates a retrospective to the Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer

The Reina Sofía dedicates a retrospective to the Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer


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The Reina Sofía Museum inaugurated last Tuesday the exhibition «Luis Camnitzer. Hospice of Failed Utopias », a retrospective with more than 90 works including videos, photographs, collages, engravings and installations by the Uruguayan-German artist that is complemented by a school to praise Camnitzer's pedagogical work.

This retrospective allows to have a global and contextualized vision of the multifaceted proposal developed by Luis Camnitzer over almost sixty years.

Its practice, be it artistic, essayistic or pedagogical, is characterized by addressing controversial issues of our time, as the critique of art-merchandise, to the demystification and obsolescence of the role of the artist in the consumer society, to the strategies that power uses to impose its logic and perpetuate its dominance, or to the ability of neoliberal societies to turn education into a propaganda instrument and therefore irrelevant, all this through the significant function of language, its ambiguities and arbitrariness, and the evocative power of images.

With these tools, Camnitzer seeks to awaken active participation and involvement in the artistic process in the viewer.

The show is structured around three phases in the evolution of the artist: the first reflects the particular "Camnitzer conceptualism", which takes as its starting point the dematerialization of the artistic object, but, unlike classical conceptualism, does not stop at the self-referential aspect or the autonomous condition of art, but extends to political and social reality.

The second phase is the natural outcome of the previous one, with more declarative and evocative works, in which the visual elements acquire greater prominence. They are those that could be grouped under the heading of "political art."

Third and last, the exhibition pays attention to its latest production, from the awareness of the generalized political failure with the triumph of the neoliberal system and, above all, from the defense of an art that must function in total communion with education, understood as learning, speculation, questioning, challenge, discovery and task knowledge facilitation collective.

Born in Lübeck (Germany) and raised in Uruguay, Luis Camnitzer He has settled in New York since the sixties, where he exercises his artistic, essayistic and teaching work - currently he is a professor emeritus at the University of the State of New York. He considers himself a Latin American artist exiled in the capital of contemporary art and is undoubtedly a key figure in the development of 20th century conceptualism.

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