Rolf Art is pleased to announce its upcoming participation in London Art Fair ‘19 - Exceptional modern and contemporary art fair, which will take place from January 16th to 20th, 2019 at the Business Design Centre, London, UK. Rolf Art will present, at the #P16a booth at the section Art Projects - Dialogues curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli, the solo show entitled “1968: The Fire of Ideas” by the renowned artist Marcelo Brodsky.
Marcelo Brodsky’s entire body of work is constituted with relations between the image and the word. Working with a double reading, his colorful works full of marks and handwritten notes in different calligraphic tones and bright colors on the surface of black and white images, offer re-reading of those images, that through those writings interventions, reveal a deeper reflection on those events in history and about the place of the realities that we inhabit.
In his most recent project entitled 1968: The Fire of Ideas Marcelo brings together a set of archival images of several public and political manifestations that took place in 1968 around the world. Each photograph corresponds to different focal points of conflict that marked the becoming and constituted as turning points in history. On this archival material the artist re-reads and overwrites the images, by intervening them with his own handwriting marks, pointing out emblematic phrases from each place in their own language, looking forward to re-updating and weaving a whole new field of sense. These altered photographs are, at the same time, connected in space by marks and inscriptions thus building a network, a political cartography. In this gesture of updating the historical event, by pressing the past against the present, these works offer the opportunity for others to identify with, exploring the capacity of photography to provide a mediative space between collective histories and private memory.
1968: The Fire of Ideas was shown extensively in Europe and Latin America in 2017 and 2018: The Lyon Biennale (France), the UNAM University Museum of Tlatelolco (Mexico), the Itau Foundation Photography Forum (Sao Paulo, Brazil), “Hiatus” Pinacoteca do Estado (Sao Paulo, Brazil), “Resist!” Bozar (Bruxelles), PhotoEspaña in Centro de Historias Zaragoza (Spain), Kaunas Festival (Lithuania), European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (Berlin, Germany), Academia de España in Rome (Italy), Museu Coleçao Berardo (Lisboa, Portugal), 1968 Quelle Histoire in Rencontres d´Arles (France), etc. His latest work on 1968 is an Opera in colaboration with a musician and a drama director, comissioned by Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires and premiered in December 2018.
Marcelo Brodsky b. 1954, Buenos Aires
Brodsky has represented Argentina in several international biennials such as San Pablo (2010), Valencia (2007), Rotterdam (2000), Photo Spain (1999), among others. He has been awarded with distinctions and received many accolades, such as the Jean Mayer Award of Global Citizenship at Tufts University, Boston (2015), The Human Rights Award by Bnai Brith Organization (2003), among others. He has published numerous books such as Tree Time (2013); Visual Correspondences (2009); Correspondences Pablo Ortiz Monasterio – Marcelo Brodsky (2008); Correspondences Martin Parr – Marcelo Brodsky (2008); Vislumbres (2005); The soul of the Buildings with Horst Hoheisel, Andreas Knitz and Fulvia Molina (2004); Memory Works (2003); Nexo (2001); Buena Memoria (2000); Parábola (1982), among others. He has been featured in important leading national and international publications. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Israel and USA, among others. Nowadays, his work is part of important national and international collections such as National MNBA - Museum of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires, Argentina); MAMBA - Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, France); The Centre for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Foundation and ASU Art Museum (Arizona, United States); Sprengel Museum Hannover (Hannover, Germany); Contemporary art collection from Salamanca’s University (Spain); Pinacoteca from São Paulo State (São Paulo, Brazil); University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (Colchester, United Kingdom); TATE Collection (London, United Kingdom); MET The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, United States); Jewish Museum (New York, United States), among others. He lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
About Rolf Art
Rolf Art, located in Buenos Aires and founded by Florencia Giordana Braun in 2009, focuses on contemporary Latin American visual arts. The gallery features works exploring photographic media and its boundaries. The selection of artists considers pieces with an inextricable union between critical density and aesthetic values, the liaison (always in tension) between formal strategies and conceptual depth. The curatorial profile of the gallery challenges the social, political and economical context of artistic production and understand it as a determining factor for art’s interpretation.
We are committed to a select group of contemporary established Latin American artists, promoting them on a national and international basis. We support their artistic production together with editorial and audiovisual projects.
The gallery’s mission is to promote the appreciation of contemporary art and to push the boundaries of visual arts.