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Rodney Graham. Through the Forest

22 October 2010 till 30 January 2011
Galerie der Gegenwart


Canadian artist Rodney Graham’s exhibition entitled Through the Forest provides insight into the development of his complex body of work. The roots of Graham’s work, which is influenced by 1970s Conceptual art and its way of thinking, lie in the adaptation of literary models. Born in 1949 in Abbotsford, a small town in British Columbia, Canada, Graham and his family moved to Vancouver in 1964. From 1968 to 1971, he studied art history and anthropology, as well as English and French literature, at the University of British Columbia.
This exhibition brings together close to 100 works by the Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Dating between 1978 and 2008, they come from important private and public collections in Europe and North America. Graham’s interdisciplinary work embraces a variety of media: books, video, sculpture, painting, installation and music. His use of appropriation allows him to pay tribute to some important artists, writers, philosophers and pop musicians, though not without respectfully and ironically demystifying their undoubtedly substantial influence and offering us a new take on the worlds they describe. Sigmund Freud, Donald Judd, Edgar Allan Poe, Georg Büchner, Jeff Wall, Pablo Picasso – they all figure in Rodney Graham’s work as material or conceptual reference.
The Exhibition is organized by the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona in cooperation with the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel and Hamburger Kunsthalle.


Made possible by

Freunde der KunsthalleRudolf Augstein StiftungBotschaft von Kanada




Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham
Lucus a non lucendo, 1987
Leuchtkasten mit einer Aufnahme einer Lichtinstallation im Garten der American Academy in Rom,
© Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Estoril/Aloitão

Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham(*1949)
The Gifted Amateur, Nov. 10th, 1962, 2007 (Installation View)
3 aufgezogene chromogene Diapositive in 3 bemalten Aluminiumleuchtkästen,
Auflage/Edition of: 4 + A.P.
Credit line: Private Collection. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Copyright: Rodney Grahm 2009

Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham (*1949)
Reading Machine for Lenz, 1993
Rotierendes Anzeigeeinheit auf Ständer zum lesen von Lenz
Bedrucktes Papier, Glas, Plexiglas und Holz
© MACBA, Dauerleihgabe aus Privatbesitz

Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham (*1949)
Rheinmetall / Victoria 8, 2003 (Detail)
35 mm film, 35 mm Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 Projektor für 35mm Filme und Filmschleifen. 10:50 min., ohne Ton
Auflage/Edition of: 5 + A.P.
Credit line:Col·lecció d'Art Contemporani de la Fundació "la Caixa", Barcelona
Copyright: Rodney Grahm 2009