Tate Liverpool exhibition showcases radical new approach to collecting art

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, June 20, 2024


Tate Liverpool exhibition showcases radical new approach to collecting art
Edgar Calel, Ru k’ox k’ob’el jun ojer etemab’el (The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge), 2021. Liverpool Biennial 2023 at Tate Liverpool. Courtesy of Liverpool Biennial. Photography by Mark McNulty.



LIVERPOOL.- Tate has officially become custodian of The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge (2021) by Maya-Kaqchikel artist Edgar Calel (b.1987, Guatemala) in a first for the institution. Rather than owning the work outright, the artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta shaped the model of custodianship, enabling Tate to push the boundaries of how museum collections traditionally operate. Tate will instead be its custodian for the next 13 years, with the start of this custodianship being marked by a ritual ceremony performed by the artist during preparations for the work’s inaugural display as part of this year’s Liverpool Biennial (uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things). Visitors are able to view The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge (2021) at Tate Liverpool until 17 September 2023.

Calel’s work is both a material object and a ritual, which serves as a container of ancestral knowledge. It comprises a range of fruits and vegetables placed as offerings to the artist’s ancestors upon large rocks arranged on the gallery floor. Each rock represents an altar related to the story of Wuqub’ Kaqix – a deity who takes the form of part human, part bird – from the sacred Mayan book of creation. A ritual is performed on the fruit by a member of the artist’s Maya-Kaqchikel community in order to bless it and allow it to transcend into the spiritual realm. Through this process, Calel encourages viewers to consider the complexities of indigenous communities whose culture, language and lands are under threat.

The agreement between Tate and the artist is based on Mayan thinking and custom. Recognising that Calel’s work is more than just physical form, the custodianship pays homage to the local indigenous communities within Guatemala and acknowledges the importance of sharing knowledge with the Maya-Kaqchikel people. The custodianship period of 13 years is significant as the number represents a sacred cycle of time in the Mayan calendar. At the end of the 13 years, a new agreement will be made with the artist and his community, either to renew Tate’s custodianship, to pass it on to another institution, or to return the elements of the work to the earth.

Edgar Calel said: “These stones are not just stones. These fruits are not just fruits. Together they form altars and become a sacred site for rituals. When placing a fruit or a vegetable atop a stone with the proper intention, these elements become an offering to our ancestors and the land, and a way to thank them for their wisdom, experiences, and guidance.

“We offer fruits with different flavors, colors, and textures, and to them we bring a little beverage to calm their thirst. Along with this we also bring the smell of incense to expand into infinity so they feel the aroma of these offerings.

“In this way, we can thank here and there the grandmothers and grandfathers who inhabit the dimension of immateriality. The same ones who are now in the particles of dust and the grains of sand, the same ones who have clear knowledge and white hair.

“All this is a way to say: thank you for the knowledge and wisdom that they left to our people and we keep in our hearts with much respect and love.”

Gregor Muir, Tate’s Director of Collection, International Art, said: “Acquired for the collection in 2021, Edgar Calel’s installation fascinated us from the get go. Functioning like altarpieces on which we see sacrificial fruits and vegetables, his arrangement of rocks with all their associated rituals challenge the very concept of what it is to own something. The work purposely asks us to redefine collecting through a custodial agreement whereby the Tate retains a direct line to the artist and the Maya community. While we can never own Calel’s installation, we have much to learn from its intrinsic questioning.”

Edgar Calel studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte Rafael Rodríguez Padilla in Guatemala. He works in a variety of media to explore the indigenous experience as seen through the Mayan Kaqchikel cosmovision, spirituality, rituals, community practices, and beliefs. He recently opened B’alab’äj, his first institutuional solo exhibition at SculptureCenter, NY, and is participating at the 14th Gwangju Bienniale: Soft and weak like water, Gwangju, South Korea. He has participated in numerous exhibitions including his solo Pa Ru Tun Che ́ (From a Tree Top) at Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala City (2021) and group exhibitions including, Is It Morning for You Yet? at the 58th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2022); The Crack Begins Within, at the 11th Berlin Biennial (2020); Los Jardineros (The Gardeners) at Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala City (2020); Continuous Fire | Feu continuel at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (2019); Virginia Pérez Ratton at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City (2019), amongst others.










Today's News

August 4, 2023

He spent decades collecting Presidential signatures. Then lost them in an instant.

Gagosian Rome presents an exhibition of new works by contemporary artist Alex Israel

'Chewing Gum VI' to show how globalization can dispel and dissolve cultural differences at Pace Gallery

The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza restores Fra Angelico's painting of The Virgin of Humility

European artist creates architectonic sculpture specifically for Oklahoma Contemporary

Affordable Art Fair launches new Austin location and welcomes fair director

Tate Liverpool exhibition showcases radical new approach to collecting art

Artists from four continents bring together various cultural backgrounds at Elizabeth Xi Bauer

National Nordic Museum exhibits new sculpture by Jónsi, 'Iridian light vs loom evil'

Kitenge Banza's exhibition 'Inhabiting the Imaginary' will be on view at the PHI Foundation starting today

Acclaimed British artist Noj Barker launches new art at airports with exhibitions at Heathrow and Gatwick

The Menil Collection opens "The Iconic Portrait Strand" by Nestor Topchy

Lawrence Abu Hamdan's first solo presentation in Scotland on view at Talbot Rice Gallery

With 'Talk to Me,' directors leap from phone screens to the big screen

'Closer' by Magda Kirk now open at the GR gallery offers a fresh twist on her traditional vision

Loughran Gallery is currently exhibiting 'Extinct' based on the childhood obsession of Dave White

Experience the stunning story quilts of artist Tina Williams Brewer

5 minutes that will make you love Miles Davis' electric period

Roger Sprung, banjo virtuoso of NYC folk scene, dies at 92

Hollywood writers and studios to restart talks after 3-month standoff

Paris bookstalls are told to relocate during next year's Olympics

Postpartum Self-Care Routine: 7 Ways To Help Your Mind and Body Heal

SEO Secrets for Explosive Ecommerce Growth: Unveiling the Power

Modern Architecture in Houses in the Philippines: Redefining Contemporary Living

How To Find The Right Color Code For Your Wall

How To Donate an Art Collection With This Superb Strategy

Dive Into The World Of Excitement With SBOBET's Extensive Variety Of Sports And Games

SBOBET's Features, Odds and Bonuses As The Premier Betting Platform

10 Tips for Creating Exquisite Digital Art in Photoshop: An Easy-to-Follow Guide

How the Plumbing Service Works

Dealing with the Devastating Impact of Spinal Cord Injuries in Garland

Turning Tragedy into Triumph: Legal Steps after a Bike Accident in McKinney




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful