BABEL: MAÑANA FUE OTRO DÍA
“Babel: Morgen war ein anderer Tag”
opening June 7th 2018, 7pm
Q21 at MuseumsQuartier Wien / Schauräume
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Anibal Catalan’s installation for EIKON Schaufenster “ Babel: Tomorrow was another day” suggests a cynical assessment of the modernist project. Trained as an architect and visual artist, Catalan revisited through his body of work the failures, utopias, and heterotopias of modernism.
The title refers to Babel, built at the same time it was destroyed. She embodies the promise of a “tomorrow” that never will come.
Central point of the installation is a wall painting, that unifies ideas and concepts related to the use of architectonic space and land . By the use of video, collages and improvised objects, the window space rescues and draws out formal ideas from the avantgard movements, and puts them in to our actual and future context.
Anibal Catalan (*1973) lives and works in Mexico City. He belongs to the new generation of Mexican artists that have been working with the relationship between architecture and arts.
MFA at National School La Esmeralda, Mexico City and BFA at the School of Architecture. Universidad Anahuac, Mexico City. Selected Individual exhibitions: Yautepec, Mexico (2017); Eitoeiko Gallery, Tokyo (2017); Space CAN, Seoul (2011); JAUS, Los Angeles (2010); Selected Institutional solo exhibitions: Museo de la Ciudad de Queretaro, (2015); Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art BMoCA. Boulder, USA (2015). Brasilea Kulturhaus. Basel. Switzerland (2006).
Group shows: MoLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, LA (2018); Coleccion MARCO Monterrey, Mex (2017); XVI Painting Biennial Rufino Tamayo. (2014); wildpalms at Untitled Miami (2016); Catalan has been recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award; National Fellowship-Grant, Sistema Nacional de Creadores, FONCA-CONACULTA; Permanent Comission Project for Denver International Airport, Denver, USA (2016). His work is been part of private and institutional collections Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), LA, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (MARCO), MEX; Museo de Arte Moderno Mexico (MAM), MEX; Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), Berlin, GER; CAN Foundation, Seoul, KOR. Screenings: Centre Pompidou, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia & Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) (2009-2010);
Festival Miden, Kalamata Greece (2009); 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (2016).