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Oriol Vilanova
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Opening during the Nuit des Bains, Thursday May 22, 2014, from 6 AM
Exhibition from May 23 till July 11, 2014

The artist as collector, Oriol Vilanova is a collector of postcards, this touristy and obsolete medium of communication that contains within itself traces of individual and collective memory. Images d’Epinal, pictures of monuments, of iconic and historical places, printed on a simple card, thus offering an idealised vision of the world, filled with nostalgia, and unchanging subjects, yet they testify of a time hopelessly lost. Oriol Vilanova often works with notions of individual and collective memory, of lost time, of the immortality of the iconic and heroic figure, of monuments and stereotypes re-enacting through writing, performance or installation an extensive visual documentation—films, publications, printed matter, postcards—and thus creating a collision and a temporal coming and going between past, present and future.

Postcards illustrate just as much the elation and the embellishment of the subject —the monuments, historical and tourist sites—as its erosion and degradation till becoming a ruin. They represent at once the magnified medium of an identity, a culture, its history and its durability as well as its irreversible lost, inoffensive and light witnesses of the passing of time, already elapsed. These stereotypical pictures seem eternal, full of fanciful and literary sadness, bleached off and worn out by their identical and infinite reproduction. These thousands of postcards offer a visual journey from the 19th to the 21st century, primarily from a Western point of view, illustrating the glorification of its history and its inevitable end.

More than the photograph, the postcard possesses an intrinsic romantic supplement that keeps traces of all the exposed messages that can be read by anyone: affectionate words, memories of journeys, trips, times of happiness and freedom. Like the image, the text is just as much stereotypical: short, simple and reduced to sentimental formulations, like keywords that make familiar connections both intimate and collective.
Even if the postcard remains the perfect medium for touristic marketing, it holds within itself the era of its production. Beyond its subject, the technique of produc- tion, the image processing—black and white, colour, lighting, framing—and the different typerfaces witness the history of printing, of advertisement, and appeal to, once again, our collective memory.
The postcard like a kind of ideal paradigm of publication, benefiting in reality from a massive, democratic and uninterrupted diffusion, reproduced infinitely and recycled continuously, outdated but periodicaly reactualized. It offers the illusion of a particular place by means of a universal medium accessible to everyone. Misplaced images that reemerge randomly very far or near from their original place. Disseminated, scattered, misplaced and then handed out again, these images are like lost parts of a whole that becomes impossible to reconstitute.
The figure of the artist-collector is of course a famous one, from Marcel Broodthaers to Christian Boltanski, from Claude Closky to Mike Kelley. The collection is a pure gesture of reappropriation, an editorial form, a commentary, that by the simple choice of a body of objects or images taken out of the mass, of dissemination or of loss recreates a particular and confined universe where accumulation and repetition oscillates between pleasure and saturation.
Oriol Vilanova roams flea markets woldwide in search of postcards that he groups together into generic subjects: triumphal arches, caves, sunsets and so on.
At the CEC and for his first solo exhibition in Switzerland, Oriol Vilanova presents one of his collections of postcards, SUNSETS FROM… and he is shows a new collection that takes up the form of an edition, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY, 150 different postcards representing spectacular caves from all over the world, each postcard with the inscription stamped on the back: THE COLLECTION WILL BE COMPLETE WITH THE OTHER 149 POSTCARDS, in an envelope. Edition of Centre d’édition contemporaine, 2014. Edition offered to the 2013 members of the CEC.

Oriol Vilanova was born in 1980 in Manresa/Barcelona, he lives and works in Brussels.
Oriol Vilanova has recently presented several solo exhibitions, amongst others at the Fondation Joan Miró, Barcelona and at Nottingham Contemporary in 2013; at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and at the galerie Parra & Romero in Madrid in 2012; at Musac de León in 2011. He has also took part in several group exhibitions: FILMS-CORRIDOR, presentation of a set of films proposed by the CEC for artgenève 2014, at Jeu de Paume and the Maison Populaire in Paris and at the Kunsthalle de Mulhouse in 2013 ; at Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims in 2012; at Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais and at the Fotomuseum Winterthur in 2011.

LIST
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EXHIBITIONS
 

Complete list
of exhibitions
(pdf)
(1989—2019)
 


2019

TIMOTHÉE CALAME
ALTERA
Spring Sale Time
LE CEC à la LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
What to wear to a concert? Tips for concert outfits: wear your best punk jacket with the right patches !
“A patch meant to be fixed to the back of your jacket depicting relevant cultural affiliations”


2018

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Entrelacs
Victor Man invites Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève


2017

Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Flashforward
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette


2016

Presentation of the book
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Presentation of the edition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Works on paper
Artists’ Voices
Prolongation
artgenève


2015

Artists’ Voices
Extract
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
with
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
artgenève


2014

WINTER SALE
AND
ALPHABET EDITIONS
Raphaël Julliard
Chromozone
Oriol Vilanova
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artgenève


2013

Artissima, Turin
Edited!
NY Art Book Fair
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
Egg
artgenève


2012

Posters
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich


2011

Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Presentation of the book
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava


2010

Présentation de l’édition de Pierre Bismuth Something Less, Something More – DIY
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Céramiques et porcelaines Made in West Germany, 1960-1980
“Encadrées”
Susanne M. Winterling
They Called Each Other Horses
Changement d’accrochage: Heimo Zobernig
Fröhliche Gesellschaft,
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart


2009

Editions vs. objets
Erik van Lieshout
The Assistant
T. Quelques possibilités de textes
EDITIONS (suite…)
Présentation du catalogue
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007,
castillo/corrales, Paris


2008

EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Presentation of
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
at Maison de la poésie, Basel
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes


2007

Gianni Motti
Perpetual Channel
Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Wireless World, BAC, Genève
Otra de Vaqueros (Redux), BAC, Genève
Habitat/Variations, BAC, Genève
Markus Schinwald, BAC, Genève
Andreas Dobler
In Deep Ink, BAC, Genève


2006

The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006


2005

Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar


2004

Florian Pumhösl
Héliogravures et film
M/M (Paris)
Pour hoM/Me,
printemps-été 2004
Mai-Thu Perret
Love thy sister like thyself
Haroutioun Simonian
Performance (à huis clos) & installation vidéo


2003

Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Eternmale
Finger No. 12
conventions/
Konventionen/
conventions
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Dm-melkenburg


2002

Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
KIOSK (V)
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale


2001

Affiches/Livres
Social Hackers
Editions
Fabrice Gygi
VITRINES et PITON UNIVERSEL
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker


2000

Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999


1999

KLAT
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
Editions


1998

One Step Backwards: Books,
prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
lithographs


1997

Multiples of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Photographies
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples


1996

Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
et
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel


1995

Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Tiger
Editions of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Claude Lévêque
Sans titre
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles


1994

Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition


1993

Giuseppe Penone
Images de pierres
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Peintures, dessins
Gerry Schum
Fernseh und Videogalerie
John M Armleder
Ian Anüll
Dessins, sérigraphies et éditions
Claude Gaçon


1992

Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Parkett
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi


1991

Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Photographies
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !


1990

Roman Signer
Installation hélicoptère, 1990
Jean-Marc Meunier
Sapins de Noël, 1988-1989
Anne Pesce
Pêcheur, c’est lui qui devient un poisson
Andreas Hofer
Installation – édition


1989

Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Multiples
Andreas Gursky
Photographies
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru
Estampes