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More Delicate Than the Historians Are the Map-Maker's Colours
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Runo Lagomarsino

Video documentation of an action carried out in San Jerónimo Park in Seville. On the occasion of the Seville Expo 1992, which celebrated the five-hundredth anniversary of the so-called discovery of America, the Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli created an almost thirty-two-meter-high monument in bronze depicting Christopher Columbus. Titled ‘The Birth of a New Man’, but better known as ‘The Egg of Columbus’, since it portrays him standing inside an enormous egg, the monument allegorizes the story of how Columbus, having been told that discovering the Americas was no great accomplishment, challenged his critics by making an egg stand on its tip. In 2012 Lagomarsino bought twelve eggs at a supermarket in Buenos Aires and illegally carried them to Seville. For each part of the journey he packed them carefully, to make sure they would not break. There, he met up with his father, who lives in Spain, having exiled from Argentina in 1976. Together they threw the eggs at the monument, in this way giving them back to the ‘conquistador’ – an action at once pathetic and glorious.

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:06:18
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Sound Channel 2
Year 2012
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About the artist

Runo Lagomarsino

Runo Lagomarsino is an artist that lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. Working with a range of materials, such as installations, sculpture, drawings performance and actions Lagomarsinos work points towards the gaps and cracks in our explanation models and truth claims, highlighting language’s precarious foundation. His work is a search of fractures, of blind paths from where to tell other stories, and particularly from where to read the past and name the future. With precise and poetic displacements, he constructs frictions between language, iconography and prevailing narratives. Runo Lagomarsino has developed a practice that is both close to and distant from conventional sculpture, exploring art’s traditional forms and how they can be expanded.

Runo Lagomarsino has an MA in Fine Arts (2003) from the Malmö Art Academy. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Faculty of Seeing, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2019), We are each other’s air, Francesca Minini, Milano, (2019), EntreMundos, Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, (2018) La Neblina, Galeria Avenida da India, Lisbon (2018) Selected group exhibitions: Deep Sounding—History as Multiple Narratives, daadgalerie, Berlin (2019), BRAZIL: Knife in the Flesh, PAC, Milan (2018), A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA, Los Angeles, (2017), La Terra Inquieta, Fondazione Trussardi, Milano (2017), Really Useful Knowledge, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014) and Under the Same Sun, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014). He has also participated in, Prospect 4, New Orleans, (2017), The 56th Venice Biennale (2015), The 30th São Paulo Biennial (2012), Liverpool Biennal (2012), 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). In 2019, Runo Lagomarsino was Daad artist-in-residence in Berlin.

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