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Nicolás García-Uriburu. Venecia en clave verde

Nicolás García-Uriburu. Verde Venecia / Accion / 1968

Tribute to Nicolás García-Uriburu at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes


Buenos Aires, Argentina

The exhibition titled "Venice In a Tone of Green. Nicolás García-Uriburu and dyeing the Grand Canal" will be inaugurated on June 29, at 7 pm, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Argentinean artist's intervention of Venetian waters on June 19, 1968.

According to Andrés Duprat, director of the MNBA, "Nicolás García-Uriburu is a central referent of Land Art and a pioneer of ecological awareness approached through artistic action. By dyeing the waters of the Venetian channels during the 1968 Biennale, he proposed a double reading through a single gesture: by restoring the channels' coloration, on the one hand, he denounced the negative effect of human activity on nature that transforms it into a futile artifice and, on the other, the disruptive effect of such action, performed in secret and without the support of institutions, questioned the art systems; something that reflected the spirit of that period."

Curated by Mariana Marchesi, artistic director of the museum, the exhibition centers on the period between 1968 and 1974 and includes serigraphies, intervened photographs, and documentary pieces pertaining to the 1968 coloring of the Grand Canal and other historic interventions of the same kind, as well as a select group of paintings created during those years.

In the context of the 34th edition of a Venice Biennale very much thrown into turmoil by the May 1968 events in France, García-Uriburu performed an artistic action that eventually became a landmark moment in his artistic career. With the coloration of the Grand Canal—framed by early performance art and conceptual art manifestations—the Argentinean artist reflected on the role of painting and the vanguardist aesthetic tendencies that advocated merging art and life.

After a few months of research, García-Uriburu decided to use a fluorescent substance to dye the water because it achieved the desired visual and environmental conditions: it was a green and uniform colorant that was also harmless to flora and fauna. This action marked the beginning of numerous interventions on nature by the artist performed on different bodies of water around the world—in cities like Buenos Aires, Paris, Brussels, London, and New York—and also established the direction of his later works, always defined by his concern for the environment.

"Venice In a Tone of Green. Nicolás García-Uriburu and dyeing the Grand Canal" is supported by the Fundación Nicolás García-Uriburu and the Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. It will be open to the public from June 29 to September 30 at the MNBA's exhibition rooms 39 and 40.

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