Organized by the General Direction of Books, Libraries and the Promotion of Reading, the exhibition has three axes: a reading space dedicated to bibliographical production around the work of García Márquez; a visual tour of the cities that inspired his fiction and journalism; and works by Colombian audiovisual artists that explore Gabo’s magical universe. The installations have been presented once before, at the Macondo pavilion in Bogotá in 2015.
The Biblioteca Ricardo Güiraldes is showing Gabriel, el viajero, an exhibit exploring places that marked the life and work of García Márquez. Twenty different showcases display family photos, newspaper clippings, books with the author’s markings, fragments of his texts, and maps with itineraries of his trips. Visitors are guided from his hometown of Aracataca to Barcelona, through Bogotá, Barranquilla, Cartagena de Indias, Mexico and Buenos Aires. Each site examines a city’s influence on the author’s formation as a writer, scriptwriter, journalist, and teacher. They also mark events, like his only visit to Buenos Aires in 1967, designated in a display of the first edition of Cien años de soledad. Another site showcases his trip to Stockholm in 1982 to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Gabriel, el viajero. (Biblioteca Ricardo Güiraldes)
The Centro Cultural Recoleta dedicates its reading space to the Macondo Library. It holds twenty titles by García Márquez in several editions. Of particular note are the theoretical texts on loan from Colombia. This critical bibliography of his work, gathered by the Colombian Association of Independent Booksellers, includes such texts as El arte de leer a García Márquez by Juan Gustavo Cabo Borda, and Más allá de Macondo. Tradición y rupturas literarias by Luz Mary Giraldo. Benches and chairs have been arranged in the gallery for comfortable reading.
The Usina del Arte is home to the audiovisual part of Macondo en Buenos Aires. It has an anthology of the Colombian photographer Nereo López, friend of Gabo, whose texts accompany the images. The exhibition El río de nuestra vida uses archival material from the National Library of Colombia to examine the Río Grande de la Magdalena, which crosses Colombia from South to North.
The Usina also holds interactive installations of the Colombian artists Laura Villegas, Santiago Caicedo and Camilo Sanabria. Radiofónica is a sound work that presents eight bells with speakers that emit sounds linked with Macondo. Each bell produces a different “sound universe” that blends documentary and fiction. Territorios records a real tour of the area of Colombia where Macondo may have existed.
A giant map of Macondo, made by the Colombian publishing house La Silueta, welcomes visitors to all the sites of Macondo en Buenos Aires.
Interactive exhibition at the Usina del Arte. (Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires)
The three exhibitions can be visited until July 13.
Ricardo Güiraldes Library: Talcahuano 1261, Monday through Friday, 12 pm to 8 pm. Centro Cultural Recoleta: Junín 1930, Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 pm to 10 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays,
Centro Cultural Recoleta: Junín 1930, Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 pm to 10 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 11:30 am to 10 pm.
Usina del Arte: Caffarena 1, Tuesday through Thursday, 2 pm to 7 pm; Friday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 9 pm.
At Biblioteca Guido y Spano (Güemes 4601). Mi Gabo personal: with Daniel Divinsky and Juan José Becerra. Thursday, June 22 at 7pm. El continente del realismo mágico: with Luisa Valenzuela and Jorge Lafforgue. Wednesday, June 28 at 7 pm. All talks are given in Spanish. Coordinated by Diego Erlan.
The Casa de la Lectura (Lavalleja 924) is projecting films based on scripts by García Márquez. The remaining screening is Fábula de la Bella Palombera (Friday, June 23 at 7 pm).