Exhibition — Installation, Textile

an old piece of gum that stretcheeeeetches | Mercedes Azpilicueta

2 June up to 14 July 2023
→ Lumen Travo Gallery
Lijnbaansgracht 314
1017 WZ Amsterdam
  • Thursday 13:00—18:00
  • Friday 13:00—18:00
  • Saturday 13:00—18:00
Free admission

A solo show by Mercedes Azpilicueta

On the invitation of Sjoerd Kloosterhuis

In the last few years Mercedes Azpilicueta (here) has been working on large installations in which she intertwines décors in the form of tapestries, textile sculptures, video and soundscapes. Her solo exhibition an old / piece of gum that  / streeeeetches consists of works from her new series Kinky Affairs at Home produced for her recent exhibition at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz (2022). For this occasion, the works are combined with a selection of her recent poetry; the die is cast / in search of / four petals (2022). 

Mercedes Azpilicueta (La Plata, Argentina, 1981) is a visual and performance artist from Buenos Aires living and working in Amsterdam. She was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (2015-16) and was nominated for the Prix de Rome (2021).

Solo exhibitions include: Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf (2022); Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz (2022); Gasworks, London (2021); CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (2021); Museion, Bolzano/Bozen (2020); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2019); CentroCentro, Madrid (2019); and Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2018). In 2020 ROZENSTRAAT- a rose is a rose is a rose commissioned Onze Roeping – On Joyful Militancy, a new performance piece in the public space of Amsterdam.

Mercedes’s work has been also featured at Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (2023); Kunsthall Trondheim, (2022); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2021); Textielmuseum, Tilburg (2020, 2022); Busan Biennale (2020); Museo Jumex, Mexico; Villa Vassilieff, Paris; REDCAT, Los Angeles; MACBA, Barcelona (all 2018); TENT, Rotterdam (2015); and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014). Upcoming exhibitions include the 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale and Kunstverein Göttingen. 

Her work is part of the public collections of: van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid;TextielMuseum, Tilburg; Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bolzano/Bozen [MUSEION]; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo [CA2M], Madrid; Museo  de Arte  Moderno de Buenos Aires  [MAMBA],  Buenos Aires. 

Lumen Travo would like to thank NoguerasBlanchard for their support in realizing this exhibition.

Mercedes Azpilicueta would like to thank Dasha Golova and Guillerma Baiguera for their textile expertise; Katharina Kasinger for her architectural design work; Toni Brell for their graphic design; el taller de poesia de Laura Wittner in Buenos Aires; Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Ohad Ben Shimon and Itamar. 

Public program: 

  • Opening on Friday June 2nd 16.00 – 19.00
  • Book launch Cuentos Mestizos on Saturday June 3rd (time?). This book brings together works from 2011-2021 and that was initiated and published by Fundación María José Jove in A Coruña, Galicia, designed by desescribir (Cibrán Rico and Suso Vázquez); and distributed by Editorial Turner. Texts include a conversation with Susana Gonzalez and an essay by Manuel Segade.
  • Poetry reading on Friday June 23rd (time?) at Perdu, Amsterdam (with choreography and performance by Toni Steffens).