Left Photograph: Aviary, c.1965. Photo by Fernando Tábora. Right: Jaime Gili, E1, Lago 1, 2010, acrylic on canvas
Opened in 1961, Parque del Este in Caracas, is a recognized jewel of modernist architecture. Though the design, by Roberto Burle Marx, has over the years been corrupted by modifications which sit uneasily with the architect’s original concept. The ten new canvases and boat sculpture by Venezuelan Jaime Gili take as their starting point an aerial view of the nine lakes set within this unique landscape.
Gili has always considered the Park del Este in its original state a perfectly executed masterpiece, the subsequent changes inflicted on the aesthetics of the place raises questions about public art and landscape; post-colonial politics and propaganda, Modernism and heritage; all within the specific history of the park in question; its shipwrecks, mini-Utopias – and failures.
Private View: Monday, March 7
A Riflemaker book is published to accompany the exhibition with texts by: Iain Carson, Hannia Gómez, Robin Mann and Alan Powers. The Lakes is curated by Robin Mann.
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