Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle (Saale)

“Really, I live in dark times”

Sandra del Pilar: Painting

21.07.2024 — 13.10.2024

Opening: 20th July 2024 

 "Really, we live in dark times!" - This is how Bertolt Brecht's poem "To those born after", written between 1934 and 1938 and published in exile in 1939, begins, which is as relevant today as it was almost 100 years ago. Against the backdrop of today's crisis-ridden times, the frequently proclaimed political turning point and the repeatedly assumed end of modernism, the exhibition poses the question of the significance of painting. To this end, it focuses on the work of Sandra del Pilar, who is becoming increasingly visible in the international art world, as autonomous aesthetics and socio-political positioning seem to be perceived less and less as irreconcilable opposites. On the contrary - the young generation is literally demanding a position and social commitment. The artist's work is an adequate contemporary example of this. 

The exhibition aims to draw attention to an interesting position of "post-autonomous" painting, which confidently and aesthetically precisely depicts and reflects the themes of our time. 

 For more than 20 years, the German-Mexican conceptual artist and painter Sandra del Pilar has been working in the field of tension between material sensuality and discourse on content. She does not see form and content as opposites any more than she sees physical experience and logical thinking or aesthetic autonomy and socio-political positioning. According to her, each of these aspects only fully unfolds when - in the painted image - it merges with its complement to form a unity. Her themes often revolve around the various forms of power: the power of interpretation, the power of definition, the power of violence, the power of asymmetrical relationships, the power of the visibility regime, etc. This power is never "illustrated", "represented" or "depicted". Instead, it is always made physically tangible through the technical refinements of her highly complex figurative painting. And the image itself is always reflected upon as a medium and scene of the "aesthetic event" when she takes up current themes and combines them in multi-part picture series or broad-based, interdisciplinary projects. 

The selection of works planned for the exhibition is intended to make a contribution to questioning and clarifying the concept of painting once again and to raise the question of whether what paintings have to say to us today really has to go as unheard as the call of the ancient seer Cassandra once did. 

The show is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt e.V., Volksbank Halle (Saale) and VR Stiftung. It will be accompanied by a catalog that approaches the artist's oeuvre from different perspectives. It contains texts by 

Thomas Bauer-Friedrich, Sandra Del Pilar, Margo Glantz, Hans Körner, Hannes Körner, Thomas Kuhn, Lotte Laub, Alexander Leinemann, Diana Lenz-Weber, Rainer Metzger, Elizabeth Rosas, Marta Smolinska, Ursula Ströbele, Wolfgang Ullrich, Annette Werntze, Lukas Werntze, Manja Wilkens,Gerhard Wohlmann 

(Source: https://www.kunstmuseum-moritzburg.de) 


Dr. Manja Wilkens 

Exhibitions 2024-2007

Museo de Arte Tridimensional, Tridimensionalismo Experimental,  15.03.- 02.05.2024 
Bajo la curaduría de Frank Turón con la co-autoría del texto curatorial de Gabriela Gorab; apoyo de Darío Ortiz y Luigi Fantini con la participación de los artistas: Agustín Castro, Antonio Gritón, Carlos Jaurena, Frank Turón, Froylán Ruiz, Gabriel Macotela Guillermo Pacheco, Jorge Medano, Julio Ferra, Luis Uribe, Othón Cárdenas, Oscar Bachtold, Pablo Llana, Rafael Gaytán, Verónica Villarreal, Carlos Agustín, Karen Rumbos, Natasha Gray, Jeanette Betancourt, Rocío Caballero, Ernesto Álvarez, Claire Becker, Ake, Héctor M Flores, Gustavo Salmones, Jorge Obregón, Sandra del Pilar, Flor Minor, Daniel Lezama, Eduardo Romo, Brigitte Briones, Luigi Fantini, Darío Ortiz y Fabián Chairez 

Nuun. Espacio de Arte, Oaxaca, Si te dijéramos nosotras. Celebrating 10 Years of Nuun. Espacio de Arte,  07.03.2024 - 08.05.2024

SINGULARIDADES: ARTISTS BOOKS. Casamarilla, Polanco, CDMX. Opening 11.11.2023. With: Ernesto Álvarez, Elizabeth Beristain, Lorea de la Pena, Sandra Del Pilar, Jessica Feldmann, Annie Flores, Vanessa García Lembo, Krysia Gonzalez, Natasha Gray, Mercedes Helnwein, Andres Henao, Maribel Portela, Wuero Ramos y Vicente Rojo.

Zilberman Gallery,  Miami, Landscapes of Memories , 01.12.202323.03.2024
Photo: Gladys Garrote

Museo Casa Chihuahua, Imágenes Fugitivas, 01.12.2023-12.02.2024.
Curator and photo: Miguel Ángel Berumen

Galería Casamarilla y Escarabajo de oro, CDMX, 

Singualidades. Artists books from  Vicente Rojo, Maribel Portela, Mercedes Helnwein, Natasha Gray, Krysia González, Vanessa García, Annie Floes, Jessica Feldman, Sandra del Pilar, Lrea de la Pena, Elizabeth Beristain, Ernesto Álvarez, 11.11.2023-12-02.2024

Museum Zentrum für Verfolgte Künste, Solingen 93, 2023

Cristobal Contemporary, CDMX
Hijos de la ... Malintzin, 2023

Cristobal Contemporary, CDMX,
Hijos de la ... Malintzin, 2023

Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm,
Faszination Papier, 2022/23

Museo Jardín Borda,
Verde Violeta, 2022

Zilberman Gallery, Setting into the Abys, Istambul, 2022

Museo de la Cancillería, CDMX, 2021

Museo de la Revolución, Ciudad Juárez, 2021

Museum Wihlelm Morgner, Vom Expressionismus zur Neuen Sachlichkeit,
Soest, 2021

Zilberman Gallery, Both Eyes in My Two Hands, Istanbul, 2020

Zilberman Gallery, Both Eyes in My Two Hands, Berlin, 2020

Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, 2020

Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Narziss am Fenster, 2019

Museo Soriano, Cuernavaca, 2019

Museo de la Historia Mexicana, CDMX, 2018

Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm, Hammer Kunstpreis, 2018

Galería Nuun, Oaxaca, 2017

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Querétaro, 2016

Museum del Pueblo, Guanajuato, Vaterlandsallegorien,  2016

Museum Siegburg, Anderwelt, 2014

Galería Myl, CDMX, 2014

Museo Pedro Coronel, Así como así, 2013

Museum del Chopo, CDMX, 2011

Bienat de Arte Internacional Siart, Mujeres Castigadas II, La Paz, Bolivia, 2011

Museum de la Ciudad, Mujeres Castigadas I, Cuernavaca, 2010

Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Vaterlandsallegorien,  2010