Oriol Vilanova “42 days” at Parra & Romero, Madrid

With the restlessness and the certainty of being going to be replaced

A volcano
A chameleon
A remote-controlled vehicle
A pair of hands
Some fisherwomen of pearls
A fire
A bird of paradise
A contest
A tunnel
A little castle
A musician from Djerba
A breadbox
The Guggenheim
A conversation
A seascape
A casino
Adam and Eve
A salty tide
A German fair
A cicada
A load of bananas
In vino veritas
A delimited outline
Two brothers
The void
A group of sleeping people
A roundabout
A mooring point
A complicated curve
Forty-five thousand pieces of Roquefort
Some sun-dried fish
A heroine
Some dry flowers
An auction
Two stained-glass windows by Matisse
An endless landscape
An autumn morning
A scene in Kyoto
A lacemaker
Three crosses
A hotel out of place
A telecom station
Six thousands five hundred and seventy-six pins A pillar


42 days is an exhibition that, opposite to the usual display systems, unfolds in time instead of in space. During the 42 days of the show, the pair of postcards exhibited is changed daily (and being put in a different place of the gallery each time), so the exhibition will vary every day.

The postcards exhibited at 42 days are a part of the Entre guillemets series (2015- ongoing); double images found in different places and moments. Repetitions with singular biographies.

This component of randomness, variability and uncertainty turns 42 days into an experiment that inverts the classical display system –which is one of the axis of Vilanova’s work-: to see the entire exhibition, it wouldn’t be about visiting it through all its spatial dimensions, but through its temporal extension, which would be almost impossible.

Furthermore, 42 days is liked by inversion with the most recent institutional shows by Oriol Vilanova in which he has covered with postcards the walls of the whole exhibition space. This time, the pins remark the absence of those postcards at the same time that they suggest endless possibilities of presence, among which only 42 will actually become real.


at Parra & Romero, Madrid
until 4 November 2017

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