Big Ideas: Enrique Vila-Matas and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

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    Enrique Vila-Matas and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Photo: Giasco Bertoli

Past Event

This event was on Thu 17 Jan 2019, 7pm


Join long-time friends – the renowned Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matas and artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster – for a conversation celebrating the first in a year of displays from ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art.

Tracing narratives between contemporary art and literature, from ghostly apparitions to the ambiguity of experience, the two will discuss the newly opened Cabinet d’amateur display of works selected by the author. Gonzalez-Foerster’s installation Petite (2001), a meditation on the childhood imagination, forms a centrepiece of the show.  

The conversation will be primarily in French with English interpretation.

Supported by the Stanley Picker Trust.

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Following the talk, Enrique Vila-Matas will be signing copies of the first of four special publications accompanying the ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art display.

Available to buy 
from 15 January 2019

About Enrique Vila-Matas

Enrique Vila-Matas (b. Spain, 1948 and lives and works in Barcelona) the internationally-acclaimed Spanish novelist has selected six works creating a narrative around place and identity including major works by Spanish and international figures Miguel Barceló,  Andreas Gursky and Gerhard Richter.

Vila-Matas is widely considered to be one of Spain’s most important contemporary novelists. His books, often described as metafiction, include Because She Never Asked, 2015 (originally written for Sophie Calle), The Illogic of Kassel, 2014, Dublinesque, 2010, Never Any End to Paris,  2003 and Bartleby & Co, 2000. He published Mac y su contratiempo (Mac and His Problem) in Spain, 2017, which will be released in the UK on 6 June 2019 by Harville Secker.

About Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (b. France, 1965 lives and works in Paris and Rio de Janeiro). The contemporary artist is known for her video projections, photographs, and spatial installations which are inspired by modernist architecture, critical theory, film, art history as well as by the her own apartments. With a background in landscape and design, her installations combine sound, images, light and furniture in spaces that investigate the notions of staging and theatricality as well as questions of the urban life.

Gonzalez-Foerster has been commissioned spatial installations for the fashion industry (Balenciaga).   Some of her solo exhibitions include Home Cinema (Robert Prime Gallery, London, 1998), Exotourisme (Centre Pompidou, 2002), Parc Central (Esther Schipper, 2006), De Novo (Corvi-Mora, London, 2010), equinimod & costumes (303 Gallery, New York, 2014), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster 1887-2058 (Centre Pompidou, 2015-2016), Intensite Assouvissante (Corvi-Mora, London, 2018).