Adrián Villar Rojas’ artistic production exists in an imaginary dimension where men face their obsolescence and eventual extinction, playing with perceptions of time and its representation in human culture. Villar Rojas uses aspects of drawing, sculpture, music, science fiction and installation to create dream-like alternate realities that allude to an apocalyptic or mythological end of the world. Often working in clay, his installations are colossal and immersive, provoking sensations of unease for their embodiment of both physical and temporal immensity; the objects he creates seem at once timeless and ancient, relics from an ambiguous future or past that question our notions of time, history, and modernity. Villar Rojas provocatively merges reality and illusion to produce situations of overwhelming strangeness that test the limits of the imagination. However, the use of clay and elements from the natural world offer an opportunity to re-connect with the basic humanity of the material on a more modest scale. The process of creation is often mimicked in the work itself, resulting in objects that embrace all things realized and unrealized, imagined and performed, possible and impossible.

Adrián Villar Rojas
Adrián Villar Rojas
Rosario, 1980

Past Exhibitions

Kollectors Series: Media in Motion

chi art space – K11 Art Foundation
17/01/2019 — 07/04/2019

Emerald City at chi art space

chi art space – K11 Art Foundation
28/03/2018 — 31/05/2018

Emerald City at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space

K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space 27/03/2018 — 22/04/2018


Kunsthalle Basel
19/05/2017 — 13/08/2017

Adrián Villar Rojas: Rinascimento

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
04/11/2015 — 28/02/2016

Solo Shows

The Theater of Disappearance, Roof Garden Commission, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Theater of Disappearance, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria The Theater of Disappearance, NEON Foundation, Athens, Greece The Theater of Disappearance, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, US From the series The Theater of Disappearance, Marian Goodman Gallery, London

Two Suns, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York Fantasma, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Rinascimento, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy

Lo que el fuego me trajo: a Film by Adrian Villar Rojas, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France
En Casa, a collaboration with Enrique Radigales, Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain The Evolution of God, The High Line, New York Los teatros de Saturno (The Theaters of Saturn), Kurimanzutto, Mexico DF, Mexico

The Work of the Ocean, Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Brussels, Belgium Today We Reboot The Planet, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Films Before Revolution, Museum Haus Konstructiv, Zurich, Switzerland

Group Shows

From the Series The Theater of Disappearance, Jerusalem Live, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine
From the Series Return the World, Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Two Suns II, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, The Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
Untitled (From the Series Rinascimento), The Ungestalt, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Song During the War, Mondialité, Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium

Unknown Soldier, The 6th Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco
From the series Brick Farm, 5th Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang, South Korea From the series The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, ANIMALITY, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK
Miracle Marathon, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK
Los teatros de Saturno I, from the series Fantasma (Ghost), Towards A Larger World, Moderna Museet Malmö, Malmö, Switzerland

The Most Beautiful of All Mothers, The 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey Motherland, Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
From the series Brick Farm, Twelfth Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba Planetarium, Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Untitled I, from the series Today We Reboot the Planet, Une Histoire. Art, architecture et design. Des années 1980 à nos jours, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Rosario Country of birth: Argentina Date of birth: 1980 Lives in: Rosario and New York