Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

Santiago de Paoli

Free Time, 2018

Museo de la Cárcova


Free Time, 2018
Plaster, milk, and pigment
20-25 elements, each approximately 35 cm x 45 cm

Painter, sculptor, and installation artist Santiago de Paoli has created a new series of paintings, Free Time, and installed them in the Museo de la Cárcova, named for its founder, the artist Ernesto de la Cárcova. The museum, which holds more than 700 casts and reproductions of Egyptian, Assyrian, Greco-Roman, Gothic, and Renaissance sculptures from European museums, was established in 1928 to teach art students using faithful replicas of historical masterworks. De Paoli’s omnivorous, process-based work – which ranges from sculptural installations that mix found objects with abstract structures to paintings that ally body parts with symbolic shapes – finds a rich ground in this ersatz environment. For this group of works, De Paoli responded to the collection directly, playing with techniques and materials used in reproductions. He then placed his originals throughout the building, creating a dialogue with the works of the collection.

Special thanks to Rubén Betveder, Patricia Moreira and their team, and to Museo de la Cárcova for hosting this ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ work.

Related Event

  • Artist Talk  |  Sunday, September 9, Museo de la Cárcova, 4pm-4:45pm

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Born 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina  

Executing his drawings and paintings on unusual supports such as felt or plaster, Santiago de Paoli blends the figuration and abstraction with more than a hint of the surreal – an effect he often heightens through poetic installations of seemingly incongruent objects. He received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006. A selection of recent exhibitions include: ‘Mendoza’ at Mendoza 2321, Buenos Aires (2014); ‘Omnidireccional’ at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires (2015); ‘Pescado y Papas’ at Wireless Ridge, Stanley, Falkland Islands (2015); ‘Entre nosotros y el objecto’ at Móvil, Buenos Aires (2016); ‘José Antonio Suarez Londoño y Santiago de Paoli’ at Lulu, Mexico City (2017); ‘Symbolisms’ at Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto (2017); and ‘Dormir ausoleil’ at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris (2018). 

The artist is represented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris.