ALBERTO GRECO: ¡QUÉ GRANDE SOS! · Modern Museum
The exhibition Alberto Greco ¡Qué grande sos! is the result of one of the most importan investigation the Museo Moderno ever made.
This staging of the artist’s complex production will present the breakthrough Greco, who destabilized the Argentine art scene of the 1950s and 1960s and established as a key artist in the transition from modern to contemporary art on the international scene.
The Museum intends to show Greco in motion and inaugurate a new way of displaying his production. The “exhibition” mechanism becomes the stage; discursive platform that will include both an adjusted selection of existing works, as well as documentary material that has become a living document and fictional production (gestures, actions) that will seek to give visibility to the multiplicity of resources in Greco’s production system. The use of various modes of curatorial and museum representation will allow the viewer to be incorporated into the artist’s journey towards living art. The intention is to restore a look at the artist that does not exclusively privilege his objectual legacy (as the previous exhibitions of his production have done), but also rebuilds his actions and vivo-ditos, in addition to those instances with no visual materialization.
With an exhibition design by Daniela Thomas, Felipe Tassara and Iván Rosler, the exhibition presents a fluid space where three conceptual axes will intersect within Greco’s work. A first axis includes aspects related to the artist’s inscription: writing both in his literature and in visual pieces; the signature and the mark of himself; the choice of the real as art in his vivo-dito. A second axis raises the idea of process as a difference from modern painting towards action; from the entry of chance and the contingent within the pictorial practice to the inclusion of living characters on the canvas. Finally, the third axis presents the community aspect that is central in all of Greco’s worldview: from the community that builds the spiritual, the artistic understood as a creed and the social as material of thought.
The exhibition also seeks to underline Alberto Greco’s relationships with Buenos Aires, his city. Although Alberto Greco lived in Europe for a large part of his short career, his reading of contemporary languages was traversed by the “trama criolla”. Relocating the artist in his city and in the Museum of Modern Art (which has accompanied his processes since the late 1950s) will be an experience of community reunion.