Oscar Murillo in European Biennials this Summer
July 25, 2018

Oscar Murillo is participating in two biennials this summer: The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, and the 2nd Industrial Art Biennial in Croatia.

10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 
June 9–September 9, 2018

Titled We don’t need another hero (after a Tina Turner song) and curated by Gabi Ngcobo, the tenth edition of the biennale "is a conversation with artists and contributors who think and act beyond art as they confront the incessant anxieties perpetuated by a willful disregard for complex subjectivities." In the courtyard of the Akademie der Künste, Murillo has created an installation involving the industrial process of baking bread, evoking ideas around consumption and the basic sustenance of life.

Ngcobo and Murillo were in conversation at Haus der Kunst in Munich earlier this year as part of Capsule 07, a survey of new work by Murillo accompanied by a major publication.

Image below: Oscar Murillo, Collective Conscience, 2018, Akademie der Künst, Berlin. Photo by Timo Ohler.

2nd Industrial Art Biennial 
July 21–October 28, 2018

The 2nd Industrial Art Biennial in Croatia, titled On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants, includes Murillo’s The Institute of Reconciliation (2018). This work, based on previous installations, includes twenty hanging black canvases and a group of twenty effigies on plastic chairs at the Temple of Augustus in Pula, Croatia.

Oscar Murillo
The Institute of Reconciliation, 2018
Pula, Croatia
Temple of Augustus

In its various iterations, The Institute of Reconciliation pays tribute to "grief and mourning, but not to something specific," the artist has said, as "a manifestation of an attitude, which is larger than one’s own self."

This September, a solo exhibition of Oscar Murillo's work opens at David Zwirner Hong Kong.

Oscar Murillo
The Institute of Reconciliation, 2018
Pula, Croatia
Temple of Augustus

Cover image: Oscar Murillo, The Institute of Reconciliation, 2018, (detail), at the Temple of Augustus, Pula, as part of the 2nd Industrial Art Biennial.