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Rodney Graham

Through the Forest

GEGENWART / 13.06.–26.09.2010 / Curator: Nikola Dietrich

This exhibition brings together close to 100 works by the Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Dating between 1978 and 2008, they come from important private and public collections in Europe and North America. Graham’s interdisciplinary work embraces a variety of media: books, video, sculpture, painting, installation and music. His use of appropriation allows him to pay tribute to some important artists, writers, philosophers and pop musicians, though not without respectfully and ironically demystifying their undoubtedly substantial influence and offering us a new take on the worlds they describe. Sigmund Freud, Donald Judd, Edgar Allan Poe, Georg Büchner, Jeff Wall, Pablo Picasso – they all figure in Rodney Graham’s work as material or conceptual reference. The exhibition is organized by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in collaboration with the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel and the Kunsthalle Hamburg.