Announcing Oscar Murillo’s Large-Scale Exhibition in Venice | David Zwirner
A detail of a painting by Oscar Murillo, titled disrupted frequencies (Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, China), dated 2013–2019.

Announcing Oscar Murillo’s Large-Scale Exhibition in Venice

“A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise” opens September 17

Beginning September 17 through November 27, 2022, Oscar Murillo will stage a large-scale exhibition in the historic setting of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice. Titled A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise, the exhibition will include new paintings by Murillo, alongside an extensive, interactive presentation of Frequencies, the artist’s long-term, collaborative project with school students. 

Initiated in 2013, Frequencies has seen blank artist canvases fixed to classroom desks in over 350 schools worldwide. Students aged 10–16 are invited to freely draw on, write on, and mark the canvases over a period of 6 months, alongside their daily activities. The resulting canvases, with their accumulation of both conscious and unconscious markings, form a monumental collection of over 40,000 individual examples bearing the marks of hundreds of thousands of individual students.

Ahead of the exhibition, a talk will be held between Oscar Murillo and Eugenio Viola, the curator of the Italian Pavilion of the 59th Biennale di Venezia, on Thursday, April 21, from 12:30–3:00 PM. The event will be hosted by Lightbox at Venice Meeting Point, Navy Officer’s Club, Arsenale.

Learn more about the exhibition at A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise.

Cover image: Oscar Murillo, disrupted frequencies (Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, China), 2013–2019 (detail). Photo by Tony Prikryl

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