Museo Tamayo presents Olinka or Where Movement Is Created

Museo Tamayo presents Olinka or Where Movement Is Created, a group exhibition curated by Adam Szymzcyk, guest curator, on view through April 15, 2013.

Szymczyk was originally invited in 2010 to curate an exhibition at the Museo Tamayo. Since then, he has become interested in the concept of Olinka, a project conceived by the Mexican artist Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo 1875–1964). “Olinka” is Dr. Atl’s name for his imaginary international city of culture, where artists, poets, philosophers and scientists would gather to plan human evolution. Olinka comes from the word Ollin, which is Nahuatl for movement, change and earthquake.

The imaginary conception of Olinka is transferred to the exhibition space seen as a place in movement. The curatorial discourse proposes a dialogue between contemporary artists and the works and documents of Dr. Atl and Nahui Ollin; two relevant characters in the artistic scene of Mexico during the 1940s. The exhibition features works by Nairy Baghramian, Ross Birrell and David Harding, Mariana Castillo Deball, Kate Davis, Thea Djordjadze, Susan Hiller, Paulina Olowska, Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, Vivian Suter, Tercerunquinto, Danh Vo and Elisabeth Wild.

In spite of the differences between the original contexts in which these works were made, every piece in this exhibition shares a peculiar relation with the past. Far from considering history as a collection of facts accumulated in memory, Olinka or Where Movement is Created perceives history as an unstable territory in constant movement, with the possibility of becoming materialized when being reinterpreted or evoked.

Museo Tamayo
Reforma y Gandhi s/n, Bosque de Chapultepec
11580, Mexico City, Mexico
www.museotamayo.org

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