A photo of an installation by Oscar Murillo, titled Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity at Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany, dated 2019.
A photo of an installation by Oscar Murillo, titled Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity at Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany, dated 2019.
A photo of an installation by Oscar Murillo, titled Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity at Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany, dated 2019.
Oscar Murillo at Kunstverein in Hamburg and Aspen Art Museum
November 2019

This month sees the opening of large-scale solo exhibitions by Oscar Murillo in Hamburg and Aspen. For Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity, on view from November 8, 2019, to January 26, 2020, at Kunstverein in Hamburg, Murillo has transformed the museum’s main hall into an agora (or marketplace), reflecting his enduring belief in geographic, cultural, and sociopolitical solidarity. Large canvases from the artist’s manifestation series, which debuted at the London gallery this past June, will be presented along with examples of his effigies—human-scale stuffed figures that relate to the artist's ongoing reflection on the life of workers. As part of the exhibition, visitors are invited to sit on stepped structures similar to sports-stadium benches (also shown in London), which double as seating for the events programmed during the show and offer a vantage point from which visitors can survey the “agora” scene. The exhibition has been organized in cooperation with Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England, where OSCAR MURILLO: Violent Amnesia was presented earlier this year. An artist’s book published by Kettle's Yard and Kunstverein will give an overview of Murillo’s practice in 2019, with prominence given to the artist’s solo exhibitions at the two institutions.

Installation view of Oscar Murillo's Industrial Park (social altitude), at Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, Colombia, dated 2018.

Image above: Installation view, Oscar Murillo, Industrial Park (social altitude), Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, Colombia, 2018

Open between November 23, 2019, and May 17, 2020, at Aspen Art Museum, Oscar Murillo: Social Altitude will present a new body of work including large-scale paintings and a video. As a multisensory experience, the show is intended to mobilize visitors to actively engage with current cultural concerns—among them the social dynamics of globalization and the ways in which ideas, languages, and even everyday items are displaced and circulated in today’s world.

Cover image: Oscar Murillo, Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity, installation view: Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany, 2019. Photo by Fred Dott