Press Release

Allora & Calzadilla: The Tropical Pharmacy

  • Dates: March 15–June 23, 2019
  • Curator: Manuel Cirauqui
  • Film & Video gallery (103)

From March 15 to June 23, 2019, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents the exhibition Allora & Calzadilla: The Tropical Pharmacy as part of the 2019 programming of the Film & Video gallery, a space where the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents referential works of video art, video installations, and explores moving images as a key artistic language of our time. This show will feature several works by the artists Jennifer Allora (Philadelphia, USA, 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (Havana, Cuba, 1971), who have been working together for over 20 years and are a major reference for contemporary art practices.

Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Allora & Calzadilla situate their work at the intersection of sculpture, performance, and video, a multiplicity that exemplifies the complexity of their approach. The Tropical Pharmacy articulates three videos in an ensemble that has specifically been designed for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s gallery 103. The selected pieces reveal the consistency and diversity of the work Allora and Calzadilla have undertaken on the island of Puerto Rico, a territory which they investigate from multiple vantage points, and through which they question the relationships between cultural history, ecology, and global geopolitics.

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