abraham cruzvillegas en artaud 1936
This exhibition commemorates the poetry of the French playwright Antonin Artaud, his legendary trip to Mexico in 1936 and the influence of his artistic, literary and life legacy throughout the American continent. In addition to presenting historical and archival materials, the exhibition will gather pieces by artists who, over the past five decades, have responded to the work of Artaud and celebrated his enigmatic experience of Mexico and, in particular, of the Tarahumara culture. Beyond the specifically chronological approach that his title might suggest, Artaud 1936 follows precisely the opposite impulse: to break with the historical limits of Artaud's trip through Mexico to account for the timelessness of his experience and place it on a plane of continuity with work of many artists who later rethought it.
The life and works of Antonin Artaud have been, since his death in 1948, an inexhaustible object of revision and interpretation. His image, dream and myth supplant man where history offers only fragments. And Artaud 1936 is, in this sense, a radically anachronistic project, based on the gaps and paradoxes of the existence of Artaud: documentary emptiness of his trip to the Sierra Tarahumara, of his experience of the rituals linked to Peyote; Paradox of the trip to Mexico that physically lasts nine months but spiritually extends for sixteen years, from the writing of La Conquis de Mexico in 1932 to the Tutuguri dance of Pour in finir avec le jugement de Dieu in 1947. So that the dream Artaud's Mexican merges with the visions of artists he saw and loved, and with those who decades later emulated his journey.