To artist Oscar Murillo there is no distinction between art and life. His work explores universal themes like migration, displacement and the human impact of globalisation. KM21 presents Murillo’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, showcasing the work of an artist of international renown. New and recent works draw on sources of inspiration such as the world-famous water lilies painted by French artist Claude Monet; as well as reflecting the turbulent backdrop of social upheaval against which they were made.
Murillo is known for creating arresting, sensory experiences, exploring subjects such as labour, community and cultural exchange in works which push the boundaries of painting as a medium. At KM21 he has sought to creating a powerful physical experience: entering the space the viewer is surrounded by imposing, black-painted, draped swathes of linen. The distinctive smell of the oil paint gives a bodily element to the viewing experience, while the engulfing structure draw visitors to move through the space, creating intimate moments of encounter with floating drawings, paintings and video works.
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