Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Toulouse, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées

Eduardo Basualdo

La cabeza de Goliath
From 9 november 2018 to 21 february 2019
les Abattoirs
Eduardo Basualdo, "Goliath´s Head", 2014, metal and black aluminium structure, collection of Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse 500 x 400 x 350 cm © Aurélien Mole (view from Palais de Tokyo)

Eduardo Basualdo designs for les Abattoirs' basement an unprecedented, sculptural and sound installation around the reinterpretation of La cabeza de Goliath (2014), a series initially produced for le Palais de Tokyo and acquired in 2017 by les Abattoirs. A mysterious and oversized mass floats in space.

Coming from the theatre world, marked by psychoanalysis, Eduardo T. Basualdo (born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) imagines landscapes or strange objects that he designs with a perceptual experience for the spectator. He relies on the universal and natural cycle of the world, which he deconstructs, rendering it a clean and autonomous force, over which humanity does not seem to have any control. Recreation of natural forms, ambiguity in the representation of nature, and the physical impact of the work within space are his main research problematics.

In 2011, Le Silence des sirènes, a renowned creation shown at the 11th Biennale de Lyon, consisted of a life-sized aquatic landscape that already brought together the major issues of his art, the ambiguity of natural forms and the physical impact of the artwork within space.
In 2015, his work on rope and wire on the point of breaking, or that of liberation and imprisonment, begun in 2013, were presented in the form of drawings and installations at the Arsenal of the Venice Biennale. The same year, he participated in the Havana Biennial.

For the basement of Les Abattoirs, Eduardo Basualdo has devised a new installation, both sound-based and sculptural, based on the reinterpretation of Teoría (La cabeza de Goliath) (2014), a series initially created for the Palais de Tokyo and acquired in 2017 by Les Abattoirs. Futuristic and mineral, this huge work conserves the mystery of its origins, inspiring both fascination and fear. It encourages contemplation and doubt, its fragile balance could easily be broken, and it could fall to earth, irretrievably subject to the laws of gravity.