Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

Barbara Kruger

Untitled (No puedes vivir sin nosotras / You Can't Live Without Us), 2018

Silos de la Antigua Junta Nacional de Granos


Untitled (No puedes vivir sin nosotras / You Can't Live Without Us), 2018
Painted mural
Approximate dimensions: 30 m x 68 m

Barbara Kruger is an American artist who works with pictures and words. Known for her pointed social commentary, she has created a site-specific installation that integrates text-based murals into the Buenos Aires cityscape. Untitled (No puedes vivir sin nosotras / You Can't Live Without Us) is a large-scale mural painted in the colors of the Argentinian flag covering an abandoned grain silo in Puerto Madero. Standing directly in view of Santiago Calatrava’s Puente de la Mujer, the mural reads (in Spanish), “You can’t live without us / power / pleasure / property / equality / empathy / independence / doubt / belief / women.” Below, it asks: “Who owns what?” Behind the silos are the Parque Mujeres Argentinas, which was dedicated to the women of Argentina in 2007 after decades of civic near-invisibility, while the neighboring streets commemorate major female figures like Juana Manso, Marta Lynch, and Manuela Sáenz. The forceful – yet hopeful – emblazoning of such a message onto the very face of the city continues Kruger’s commitment to feminist themes and offers solidarity to the country’s active women’s movement.

Renders: Kevin Lesguenner
Max Rompo
Pro Print
Mural painters:
Christian Marcelo Riffel Talavera, Pablo Paul Pau Lloveras, Rodrigo Jonathan Diaz Merlis, Rodrigo Emanuel Gerachi, Federico Ignacio Galaz, Luciano Iannuzzi, Julian Pablo Manzelli, Lucas Maeder

This artwork has been realized with assistance from the Ministry of Ambient and Public Space of the City of Buenos Aires, and with generous support from Plavicon. Special thanks to Paula Gonzalez, Facundo Narduzzi, Talisa Amendolara, Ricardo Masanet, and to Grupo Madero Este for hosting this ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ work.

Visitor Information


Born 1945 in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles and New York, USA  

Barbara Kruger is among the most influential artists of her generation, known for public and large-scale installations incorporating text with mass media imagery. She has exhibited extensively throughout the world, and selected recent solo presentations include ‘Belief + Doubt’ at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2012); ‘Believe + Doubt’ at the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2013); ‘In the Tower: Barbara Kruger’ at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2016); and ‘Base’, at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017). Her work has also been featured in the group exhibitions ‘Fire and Forget: On Violence’, at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); ‘Co-thinkers’, at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016); ‘An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017’, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018); ‘Unspeakable: Atlas, Kruger, Walker’, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); and ‘Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 80s’, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2018).

The artist is represented by Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London, and Los Angeles; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York.