MACBA in Barcelona Presents 250 Works by Rodney Graham

Canadian artist Rodney Graham poses in front of one of his works of art at the Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona. -  Photo: EFE/Xavier Bertral.

BARCELONA.- With
source material deriving
from Georg Büchner, Sigmund Freud, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, the
Grimm
brothers, Richard Wagner, Stéphane Mallarmé and Picasso, among many
others,
Rodney Graham (1949, Abbotsford, Canada) never ceases to delve,
playfully and
theatrically, into the history of the art of our times. The
Museu d’Art Contemporani de
Barcelona (MACBA) explores the
evolution of this fundamental artist’s oeuvre through his literary
appropriations, as well as through his films, photographs and pictorial
works.
The exhibition’s title, Through the Forest, is taken from a key phrase
in the
English translation made by C.R. Mueller of Lenz, the only work of prose
by the
dramatist Georg Büchner which gives expression to the romantic subject
of being
lost in the forest. Rodney Graham became aware of a peculiarity in the
text
layout: the words “through the forest” coincided twice when passing from
one
page to another. He converted this chance occurrence into a narrative
loop in
which the spectator, in similar fashion to the novella’s main character,
is
obliged to continually retrace his steps.