Hayward Gallery
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Ana Mendieta: Traces

Ana Mendieta: Traces, 24 September – 15 December 2013, Hayward Gallery. Ana Mendieta: Traces was the first UK retrospective of one of the most significant yet under-acknowledged artists of the late 20th Century. 

Spanning her entire career, and revealing different facets of her unique practice, this exhibition positioned Mendieta as an influential figure in art history, revealed the creative mind of the artist, and conveyed the legacy of her work as well as its relevance for artists today. 

In her short career, Ana Mendieta created an extraordinary body of work that was both provocative and radically inventive. Using her own body together with elemental materials such as earth, water, blood and fire, she produced visceral performances and ephemeral ‘earth-body’ sculptures that combine ritual with metaphors about life, death, rebirth and spiritual transformation. One of the focal points of the exhibition was the re-construction of solo exhibitions from the artist’s lifetime, including her main body of works, Siluetas

In addition to films, sculptures, photographs, drawings, personal writings and notebooks, the exhibition included an extensive research room with hundreds of photographic slides, shedding new light on the way that the artist worked, as well as the ways in which she documented her own practice. 

Following the Hayward Gallery showing, Ana Mendieta: Traces travelled to Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (29 March – 6 July 2014). 

Ana Mendieta: Traces was accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by art historians Julia Bryan-Wilson and Adrian Heathfield, and by Hayward Gallery Chief Curator Stephanie Rosenthal. Filled with new imagery, scholarship and ephemera, the catalogue also featured an illustrated anthology of previously unpublished material, including Mendieta’s own notebooks, exhibition plans and correspondence.

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Ana Mendieta: Traces, 24 September – 15 December 2013, Hayward Gallery. 

Ana Mendieta: Traces was the first UK retrospective of one of the most significant yet under-acknowledged artists of the late 20th Century. 

Spanning her entire career, and revealing different facets of her unique practice, this exhibition positioned Mendieta as an influential figure in art history, revealed the creative mind of the artist, and conveyed the legacy of her work as well as its relevance for artists today. 

In her short career, Ana Mendieta created an extraordinary body of work that was both provocative and radically inventive. Using her own body together with elemental materials such as earth, water, blood and fire, she produced visceral performances and ephemeral ‘earth-body’ sculptures that combine ritual with metaphors about life, death, rebirth and spiritual transformation. One of the focal points of the exhibition was the re-construction of solo exhibitions from the artist’s lifetime, including her main body of works, Siluetas

In addition to films, sculptures, photographs, drawings, personal writings and notebooks, the exhibition included an extensive research room with hundreds of photographic slides, shedding new light on the way that the artist worked, as well as the ways in which she documented her own practice. 

Following the Hayward Gallery showing, Ana Mendieta: Traces travelled to Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (29 March – 6 July 2014). 

Ana Mendieta: Traces was accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by art historians Julia Bryan-Wilson and Adrian Heathfield, and by Hayward Gallery Chief Curator Stephanie Rosenthal. Filled with new imagery, scholarship and ephemera, the catalogue also featured an illustrated anthology of previously unpublished material, including Mendieta’s own notebooks, exhibition plans and correspondence.

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