Ulises Carrión: Dear Reader. Don´t Read

2 Sep 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
Edificio Sabatini, MNCARS, Madrid; Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México
Curated by:
Guy Schraenen

The retrospective devoted to Ulises Carrión (San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz, Mexico, 1941 – Amsterdam, 1989) by the Museo Reina Sofía explores his multifaceted artistic and intellectual work. It spans his beginnings as a young, successful and well-respected writer in Mexico, his spells in France, Germany and England between 1964 and 1972, when he sharpens his resolve to innovate in language, ending at the time he definitively settles in Amsterdam, the place where he realises a wide array of artistic, literary and cultural activation activities. By virtue of 350 pieces, produced in diverse mediums – books, magazines, videos, films, sound pieces, mail art, multimedia, performances, etc. – and a large number of projects Carrión oversaw as a curator, editor, distributor, television and radio activist, lecturer and writer, the show traces the unique career path of an artist who worked tirelessly to construct a network of networks outside established circuits. The first gallery is conceived as a general exhibition index and includes a relevant example of each of the disciplines the artist practiced, serving as an introduction to his creative world. Of particular relevance is the section devoted to his role as founder of the mythical bookshop/gallery “Other Books And So”, the first to specialise in artist’s publications and books.