back

adrián villar rojas

Loading...
image

my dead family, 2009

wood, rocks, soil and unfired clay

118.11 x 1062.99 x 157.48 inches

the most beautiful moment of the war, 2009

digital photograph, unfired clay, plaster, burlap and wood

photograph: variable dimensions, sculpture: 236.2 x 984.3 x 196.9 inches

what fire brought me, 2008

bricks, cement, lime, sand, demolition rubbish, wood, unfired clay, mirrors, glass, soap, sea shells, windshield, ford escort hood, pins and stickers

variable dimensions

las mariposas eternas, 2010

wood, clay, concrete, fossils, rocks, plastic and glass

177.17 x 157.48 x 196.85 inches

a person loved me, 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal, styrofoam, latex, sand, burlap fabric

295.28 x 196.85 inches diameter

the murderer of your heritage, 2011

installation view at the argentine pavilion at the 54th venice biennial, 2011

my dead grandfather, 2010

unfired clay, cement, burlap and wood

224.41 x 905.51 x 236.22 inches

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3,543.31 inches

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3543.31 inches

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

return the world (thinker), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world (geometry), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world (boat), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world (the bone), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

62.99 x 399.61 x 59.1

return the world (the fat lady), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made from wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made of wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

la inocencia de los animales, 2013

clay, concrete, wood and metal

variable dimensions

from the series "la inocencia de los animales" 2, 2013

inkjet print, watercolor, acrylic paint and pencil on paper

8.27 x 11.69 inches

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 12, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 8, 2014

oil on color print

12.01 x 17.91 inches

from the series "today we reboot the planet" 6, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

untitled, de la serie "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, potato and sweet potato

5.91 x 12.28 x 12.28 inches

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, mushroom, glass, sunflower germ, potato and peanut candy

5.91 x 10.63 x 10.63 inches

from the series "los teatros de saturno," 1, 2014

oil on color print

11.73 x 16.57 inches

the evolution of god, 2014

installation view at highline, new york, united states, 2014

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

image

my dead family, 2009

wood, rocks, soil and unfired clay

118.11 x 1062.99 x 157.48 inches

image

the most beautiful moment of the war, 2009

digital photograph, unfired clay, plaster, burlap and wood

photograph: variable dimensions, sculpture: 236.2 x 984.3 x 196.9 inches

image

what fire brought me, 2008

bricks, cement, lime, sand, demolition rubbish, wood, unfired clay, mirrors, glass, soap, sea shells, windshield, ford escort hood, pins and stickers

variable dimensions

image

las mariposas eternas, 2010

wood, clay, concrete, fossils, rocks, plastic and glass

177.17 x 157.48 x 196.85 inches

image

a person loved me, 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal, styrofoam, latex, sand, burlap fabric

295.28 x 196.85 inches diameter

image

the murderer of your heritage, 2011

installation view at the argentine pavilion at the 54th venice biennial, 2011

image

my dead grandfather, 2010

unfired clay, cement, burlap and wood

224.41 x 905.51 x 236.22 inches

image

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3,543.31 inches

image

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3543.31 inches

image

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

image

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

image

return the world (thinker), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world (geometry), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world (boat), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world (the bone), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

62.99 x 399.61 x 59.1

image

return the world (the fat lady), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made from wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

image

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made of wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

image

la inocencia de los animales, 2013

clay, concrete, wood and metal

variable dimensions

image

from the series "la inocencia de los animales" 2, 2013

inkjet print, watercolor, acrylic paint and pencil on paper

8.27 x 11.69 inches

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 12, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 8, 2014

oil on color print

12.01 x 17.91 inches

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet" 6, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

image

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

image

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

image

untitled, de la serie "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, potato and sweet potato

5.91 x 12.28 x 12.28 inches

image

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, mushroom, glass, sunflower germ, potato and peanut candy

5.91 x 10.63 x 10.63 inches

image

from the series "los teatros de saturno," 1, 2014

oil on color print

11.73 x 16.57 inches

image

the evolution of god, 2014

installation view at highline, new york, united states, 2014

image

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

image

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

image

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

image

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

adrián villar rojas

* 1980, Rosario, Argentina

 

Adrián Villar Rojas’s artistic production exists in a dream-like dimension in which men are confronted with their obsolescence and imminent extinction. He incorporates numerous disciplines, materials, and methods as tools for complex research: music, theatre, film, comics, pop culture, biology, literature, science fiction, drawing, carpentry, architecture, metalwork, and jewelry-making. Usually made from clay, the colossal installations for which he is best known immerse the viewer in a temporal and physical vastness. His creations seem at once timeless and ancient, relics of an ambiguous future or past that question our notions of time, history, and modernity. Working with a team that travels to form a nomadic studio for each new project, he has constructed a production unit not dissimilar to a theatre group. As director, he moves between the micro-detail of a tiny brightly-colored sculpture and the mapping of how each actor interconnects with the other; from the tiniest of stones to the orbit of these planets. This creative process is mimicked in the work itself, resulting in unimaginable objects that contain within them all things realized and unrealized, and that which was only imagined. However, the seeming immortality of these sculptures belie their ephemeral nature: these works are predominantly destroyed at the end of the exhibition, with the public presentation of artwork only ever being one aspect of a broader, more interwoven practice.


In 2015, Adrián Villar Rojas received the Sharjah Biennial Prize as well as the Prix Canson; in 2013, he was awarded with the Zurich Art Prize, and in 2011, he received the 9th Benesse Prize. He has been an artist in residency at SAM Art Projects, Paris (2011); Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada (2010), and La Residencia, Bogota, Colombia (2010).

His most important exhibitions include: The Theater of Disappearance: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Roof Garden commission), New York (2017), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2017), National Observatory of Athens (commissioned by NEON), Greece (2017), and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (2017); Adrián Villar Rojas – Fantasma, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2015); The Evolution of God (commissioned by High Line Art), New York (2014); Adrián Villar Rojas – Films Before Revolution, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland (2013); Today We Reboot the Planet, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2013); Adrián Villar Rojas: La inocencia de los animales, MoMA PS1, New York (2013); Poems for Earthlings, (Commissioned by SAM Art Projects), Tuileries Garden (Musée du Louvre), Paris (2011).

His work has also been included in group exhibitions such as: Ungestalt, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2017); Monumentos, anti-monumentos y nueva escultura pública, MAZ - Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2017); Everything You Are I Am Not (Latin American contemporary art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection), Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, United States (2016); Map Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); Wiederkehr der Landschaft, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2010); Moby Dick, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009), among others.

In 2011, Villar Rojas represented Argentina at the 54th Venice Biennial with the project El asesino de tu herencia. Recently, he has participated in the following biennials: Marrakech Biennale 6, Morocco (2016); Sharjah Biennial 12, United Arab Emirates (2015); 12 Bienal de la Habana, Cuba (2015); 12 and 14 1İstanbul Bienali, Turkey (2011 and 2015); 5th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); 9th Shanghai Biennale, China (2012); 2012 New Museum Triennial: The Ungovernables, New York.

Adrián Villar Rojas lives and works between Rosario, Argentina and New York.