Guillermo Kuitca

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1961
. Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sueño y miseria de una generación que no es la mía (Idea de una pasión), 1984

Oil on canvas
46.61 X 58.5 in

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Sueño y miseria de una generación que no es la mía (Idea de una pasión)

Guillermo Kuitca’s first exhibition came when he was just thirteen years old, at the Lirolay gallery in Buenos Aires, after which he was regarded as a child prodigy.  His work is characterized by a mix of architectural and urban elements.  Ground plans of different floors of buildings, theaters and maps are the main sources of inspiration for large series that he has realized over the course of several decades.

Kuitca’s vision of space is very particular.  In the early 1980s he had the opportunity to travel to Europe, where he met the German choreographer Pina Bausch.  It was this encounter that unleashed his interest in the world of theater and music, which led him to direct the work entitled El mar dulce.

Through maps of highways and cities, genealogical trees, theater stages and floor plans, Kuitca manages to represent a world of places situated between here and there; spaces and events that bounce between reality and fiction, while at the same time revealing histories and biographies about home and exile.

Guillermo Kuitca first showed Sueño y miseria de una generación que no es la mía (Idea de una pasión) [Dream and Poverty of a Generation That Is Not My Own (Idea for a Passion)] at Jorge Mara gallery in Buenos Aires.  Clearly inspired by his experience and interest in theater, the piece shows a stage with its curtain drawn, a tumultuous scene featuring human figures and animals.  Kuitca situates us at a moment when the action is not happening, either before or after the work will be or has been performed.  For the artist the objective of this kind of representation is to express the potential of human action.