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The Roof Garden Commission: "The Theater of Disappearance" by Adrián Villar Rojas

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By Beatrice Galilee and Adrián Villar Rojas

This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Modern & Contemporary Art exhibition.

Celebrated Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas is known for his site-specific sculptural installations. Set atop the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Villar Rojas's installation transforms the space into a performative diorama, where banquet tables occupy an oversize black-and-white checkerboard floor punctuated by sculptures that fuse together human figures and objects found within the museum. The resulting juxtapositions put forth a radical reinterpretation of museum practices. The introductory essay explores the conceptual framework that informs Villar Rojas's commission as well as his interventions around the world. A selection of images the artist took while exploring the museum is featured here alongside his own commentary, offering a unique visual diary of his thought process for the installation. This is the fifth edition in a series that documents and contextualizes The Met's annual rooftop commissions.

Beatrice Galilee is Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Adrián Villar Rojas is from Rosario, Argentina. He lives and works nomadically.

By Beatrice Galilee and Adrián Villar Rojas

This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Modern & Contemporary Art exhibition.

Celebrated Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas is known for his site-specific sculptural installations. Set atop the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Villar Rojas's installation transforms the space into a performative diorama, where banquet tables occupy an oversize black-and-white checkerboard floor punctuated by sculptures that fuse together human figures and objects found within the museum. The resulting juxtapositions put forth a radical reinterpretation of museum practices. The introductory essay explores the conceptual framework that informs Villar Rojas's commission as well as his interventions around the world. A...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 64
  • Illustrations: 68
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 4 1/4'' x 7 1/4''
  • ISBN: 9781588396211
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