Thu 19 Oct 2023 to Sat 3 Feb 2024
Artist: Emilio Rodríguez Larraín
Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary presents Emilio Rodríguez-Larraín: Ancestral Landscapes, a highly anticipated exhibition that marks the artist's posthumous return to New York City after nearly 60 years. The exhibition showcases a selection of rare works from the 1960s. To offer a more in-depth exploration of the artist's rich and versatile legacy, an online Study Room will accompany the exhibition and feature never-before-seen archival documents and texts by the esteemed American scholar, Michele Greet.
Emilio Rodríguez-Larraín (1928-2015) is widely regarded as one of the most important Peruvian artists of his generation. A Peruvian-born visual artist trained as an architect, Rodríguez-Larraín spent nearly half of his life abroad between France, Spain, Italy, and the USA. Over the course of an illustrious career spanning seven decades, he exhibited hundreds of times and received numerous prestigious awards, including the William and Noma Copley Grant (1965), the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1976), and the DAAD Artist-in-Residence Program Grant (1985). Today, his work can be found in major art institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Musée de la Ville de Paris, Paris; and the Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo; and in important private and corporate art collections, such as JPMorgan Chase, Northern Trust Bank, and NBC. As a testament to his significance, in 1991, he was selected to participate in the group show Man Ray and his Friends, exhibiting alongside Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Salvador Dalí, among other prominent 20th-century artists. Due to his prolific and multifaceted practice encompassing painting, sculpture, installation, and land art, he was chosen to represent Peru in three editions of the Venice Biennale (1960, 1964, and 1972), was honored with the Premio Tecnoquímica, Peru's highest honor for a visual artist (2006), and received national recognition with three retrospectives (2002, 2007, and 2016).
Building on the renewed interest sparked by the exhibit Antes de America at Fundación Juan March in Madrid (October 6th, 2023-March 10th, 2024), Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary aims to highlight the work of this historically significant Peruvian artist whose global importance merits renewed consideration.
Emilio Rodríguez-Larraín: Ancestral Landscapes will include works from the 1964 Venice Biennale and spotlight his 1960s paintings, which draw inspiration from Peruvian indigenous and pre-colonial culture. These works loosely align with ancestralismo, a movement seeking inspiration in abstract motifs, colors, and patterns from pre-Columbian art. Although Rodríguez-Larraín did not directly emulate specific objects or archaeological sites, his forms encouraged viewers to imagine a visual connection across time, perceiving references to the archaic and mythical in his work. The exhibition will provide a unique insight into Rodríguez-Larraín's artistic evolution during a pivotal decade of his life.