Eduardo Basualdo: the sculpture that "sees everything" at the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires

July 17, 2022 | nadiaevangelina

"Pupil" is the ambitious solo exhibition that Argentine artist Eduardo Basualdo has developed especially for the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, and it captivated viewers' retinas. The central proposal consists of a giant installation of an eye that looks inward and invites visitors to take an imaginary journey through the depths of the human mind.

"Pupil" by Eduardo Basualdo 

Basualdo's work is part of "A Day on Earth," an exhibition program put on by the museum that revolves around the relationship of human beings with planet Earth. "Pupil" was recently inaugurated as the second part of this edition along with " The place of the soul" by Colombian artist Delcy Morelos, a monumental work that transforms the Museum's second basement into a space for reflective contemplation that problematizes the territory and the earth as matter.

The exhibition can be divided into two parts. It begins with the artist's drawings where he proposes "to see the dark matters that inhabit us". They are mirrors of singular and disturbing visions. These works express a gesture: "The eye that turns around and, as it can no longer see the outside, looks inward," according to the artist. Thus begins a literally introspective journey.

For its part, the mega installation is a "fabric" of numerous folds in a finite black aluminum like an indefinite mass spread out on the floor that proposes rough and also reckless forms. The viewer can perceive that there is a monster or even trapped people. This large figure occupies a surface of 10 by 15 meters.


Draws by Eduardo Basualdo

"Pupil" is a proposal crossed by the idea of the sinister. It also refers to the trauma of the experience of the pandemic, confinement, and the mental space of confinement, through the presence of the domestic in his drawings. The post-pandemic character is another problematized theme in "A Day on Earth".

Basualdo builds through his works an interesting perspective on the power of the gaze as a constituent action of the human development process, but also as a performative action and, therefore, transforming life. "Pupil" is the result of an extensive research process by the artist. It is the journey of images and a fictitious narrative that begins as a series of chronologically ordered drawings and concludes as a great nightmare in the all-seeing eye. "Pupil" seeks to evoke and understand the experiences of the past and present.

Location: Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Av. San Juan 350, C1147 AAO, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Opening Date: 25th June 2022
End Date: 25th April 2023
Working hours: Monday: 11am to 7pm
                          Wednesday-Friday: 11am to 7pm
                          Saturday-Sunday: 11am to 8pm
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