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Expensive he died a year ago. And the Museum pays tribute to him with an exhibition that has all his tender and subversive DNA. The first surprise of the sample is the reappearance of the head of Lleras. And throwing water on it is one of the great pleasures of the show.
Rodríguez accompanied Caro for a couple of decades in conferences inside and outside the country, and part of his doctoral thesis at the University of Rochester revolved around his work. His name began to sound loud when the Museum set out to make an exhibition to honor his rebellious son. Rodríguez immediately accepted, but he imposed a condition on himself: “Not to make a contemplative exhibition.” He did not imagine a pompous room with works by Caro on the walls; there had to be something else. And his head clicked with a magic number: the 1,200 creativity workshops that Antonio gave in his lifetime.
Antonio turned into a work of art the signature of the indigenous lawyer who, throughout his life, dedicated himself to claiming the rights of his own before the Government. His signature was on hundreds of unanswered petitions. Expensive ‘republished’ his signature without comment. In the Museum it is on a giant billboard, and people can paint it and rewrite it over and over again. Opposite is the fence of Here there is no room for art and below it people have written over and over again the names of the disappeared in recent times.
“The day of the opening I went to the bathroom and I heard some strange noises behind the door: a ggh-aggh-agggh agonizing. And he was a man who was trying to close his jacket because he had taken off his shirt to print it, ”recalls Rodríguez.
Expensive he never made Lleras’s head again, but, of course, he had to be. His work had to return to its origin: the National Museum. They looked for an artisan in Zipaquirá who made an exquisite head, they looked for black-rimmed glasses similar to those of the former president at the flea market, and this time they did seal the urn correctly. “Caro associated salt with the indigenous people and by erasing the bust with water he sent a very powerful message back to the origin.”
Antonio was never a militant on any side. And one of his funniest works is Imperialism is a paper tiger, a Mao phrase that Expensive turned into little paper tigers with letters with a Russian aesthetic. On the table there are scissors and paper to make the tigers.
The end of the sample can not be another: the remake of his Defend your talent. There is his haughty hand in full action: Antonio continues to slap him even after he is dead.