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press: Art of Argentina: Adrián Villar Rojas – Amazing Venice Biennale 2011

Art of argentina: adrian Villar Rojas emerged on the Buenos aires art scene with exhibitions in 2004-2005, and achieved broader recognition in 2008-2009 in international exhibitions in Ecuador and puerto Rico. in 2009 he produced his already iconic Mi familia muerta (my dead family), an enormous whale stranded in a forest, for the 2nd Biennial of the End of the World in Ushuaia, argentina. Since 2010 his reputation has grown with the presentation of new large-scale works including Las mariposas eternas (the eternal butterflies) at the Kurimanzutto Gallery in Mexico City, and Mi abuelo muerto (my dead grandfather), a site-specific installation at the Berlin academy of art.

A fast-rising star of the argentinian art world, adrian Villar Rojas will represent his native country at this year’s Biennele in Venice. at just 31, he will be one of the youngest artists to be given the honors of national representation.

Rojas produces multimedia works that address broad, unanswerable but pressing questions about the nature of humanity and the fate of the world. His entry for the Venice Biennale 2011 promises to continue the line of monumental clay sculptures that began with Mi familia muerta, exploring themes of multiple realities and the nature of a civilization’s final aesthetic productions, “the last artwork of humanity.” art of argentina.

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