MAM Project 029: Oscar Murillo

2021.4.22 [Thu] - 2022.1.16 [Sun]

Oscar Murillo (born 1986 in La Paila, Colombia) is known for his dynamic and multidisciplinary artistic practice that incorporates painting, drawing, print-making, books, sculpture, video, installations, live events, and collaborative projects. All of the his diverse works can be seen to constitute a sustained and evolving investigation of notions of community, informed by cross-cultural personal ties, as well as the constant transnational movement that has become integral to Murillo’s practice.

This exhibition presents Frequencies (2013-), an international project initiated by Murillo and political scientist Clara Dublanc. The project reaches out to schools to affix raw canvases onto classroom desks over a period of several months, encouraging students from age 10 to 16 to cover them freely with their own drawings and marks. Students of this age group live through a profound physical and psychological transformation. As the name Frequencies suggests, these canvases capture the complexity of each student’s unbound forms of expression through conscious and unconscious mark making.

Since September 2020, Frequencies project has been ongoing in four schools in the Minato Ward in Tokyo. Along with Murillo’s series of paintings, MAM Project 029: Oscar Murillo, will present the outcome of this collaboration and a selection of canvases from other countries, including Colombia, India, China, the United States, Lebanon, and Kenya.

Oscar Murillo Frequencies
Oscar Murillo
Ballpoint pen, fountain pen, graphite, felt tip pen, highlighter pen, permanent marker, paint, crayon, staple, natural pigment, debris and other mixed media on canvas.
Dimensions variable
Courtesy: Frequencies Foundation
Photo: Nicolas Nazari
Oscar Murillo Installation view: Frequencies, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, the United Kingdom, 2019
Oscar Murillo
Installation view: Frequencies, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK, 2019
Courtesy: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Photo: Jonty Wilde
Oscar Murillo Installation view: Oscar Murillo: Social Attitude, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, the United States, 2019-2020
Oscar Murillo
Installation view: Oscar Murillo: Social Altitude, Aspen Art Museum, CO, US, 2019-2020
Courtesy: Aspen Art Museum
Photo: Tony Prikryl

Oscar Murillo

Born in La Paila, Colombia in 1986, and moved to London when he was ten years old. He lives and works in various locations. He received his M.F.A.in 2012 from the Royal College of Art, London. Murillo has presented his works in numerous museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014-2015), Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2015 and 2019), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2017), Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, UK (2019), Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2019), K11 art museum, Shanghai (2019) and Swiss Institute, New York (2021). He has also participated in major international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (2015), Aichi Triennale (2016), and Sharjah Biennale 13 (2017). He is a co-recipient of the Turner Prize in 2019.

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MAM Project 029: Oscar Murillo

Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries

At the exhibition MAM Project 029: Oscar Murillo, you may take photographs/film the artworks under the following conditions

When taking photographs/filming:

  • Do NOT touch the works of art.
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  • Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
  • Filming must be limited to 1 minute maximum.

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Artist’s name and work title: Oscar Murillo Frequencies
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About “MAM Project”

MAM Project is a series of experimental projects produced by the Mori Art Museum in collaboration with artists from around the world, showcasing a comprehensive array of contemporary art that goes beyond the traditional exhibition format, including newly-commissioned works, performances, and workshops.

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