Guillermo Kuitca

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM)

In a country where the work of most artists seems to have absorbed a foreign discourse or theory rather than developing its own, Guillermo Kuitca is a major exception. Kuitca, once the child prodigy (as obsessively portrayed in many of his previous pieces) has coherently and yet paradoxically exhausted his life in his work. This show included a comprehensive view of his oeuvre from his first paintings—crucially influenced by Pina Bausch’s dance theater—to his most recent works, which included a specially designed installation in which many small cradles, with mattresses on which maps had been painted, were used to build labyrinthine pathways in the middle of a large room.

While Kuitca’s first works used language with elements somewhere between the symbolic and the banal, showing a very intimate and personal perception of space, later pieces incorporated new ways of reading, defining, and

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