Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma presents «Bernardí Roig. Films 2000-2018 », a retrospective exhibition that analyzes the complex universe of the artist from the decodification of his audiovisual work. The exhibition, curated by the director of the museum, Nekane Aramburu, takes place from April 21 to September 2, 2018 on the floor 0. The opening is on April 20, 2018.
The project, in co-production with the Subdirección General de Promoción de las Bellas Artes del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, is conceived as a show that compiles for the first time an important selection of films, with a total of 18 audiovisual works, by the Mallorcan artist Bernardí Roig (Palma, 1965).
In the exhibition unfolds a passionate set design, as an initiatory journey between the appropriation and recreation of their images and visual constructions. All the works belong to the Es Baluard Museum Collection and are made from the year 2000 to 2018, culminating in three new unpublished productions that will be another step in the work of this artist. Also, the exhibition will travel to the Tabacalera Madrid center, where it will be inaugurated in the month of January 2019.
The presented works speak to us of an insatiable and absurd absurdity where the solitary figures of each one of the videos act, caught in the repetition of the gestures, in a spiral of the same. Either carrying a lamp on his back, sewing his mouth forever, spinning with a focus on his head without being able to get out of the claustrophobic spaces of rationalism, climbing a mountain constantly never to reach the ruins of the language philosopher’s cabin or imprisoned between laughter and the aphonia of mute insults.
A visual polyphony of loners insists hit the walls of the exhibition space of Es Baluard in an obsessive, ineffective, irrational, indomitable and irreverent circulation of cracked images, which concentrates with special intensity the complex network of interests and concerns of this artist.
In addition, «Bernardí Roig. Films 2000-2018» is completed with a publication that will collect and analyze the entire videographic production of the artist and that will include, among others, texts by the curator, Nekane Aramburu, Bernardí Roig and George Stolz.
Es Baluard works his exhibition programme from a curatorial discipline coherent with the different nuances and interpretations of the histories of art and the multiple modernities capable of reaching the whole society to generate critical thought and instruments of awareness-education regarding contemporary art.
Therefore, within the line of historiographic review of the Balearic context, a sample is scheduled annually to analyze and make visible individualities and collectives of reference in contemporary artistic practices in the near future. After the ones dedicated to José Manuel Broto, Rafel Joan, Rafa Forteza and Teresa Matas, Bernardí Roig arrives.
The museum’s mission of guarding the artistic heritage of its time and disseminating it is one of the fundamental objectives of this project.