International Archives 2nd half of 2014
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents Melanie Smith’s most recent video work Fordlandia as part of her first solo exhibition in the Netherlands. The film is set in the Brazilian Amazon, where Henry Ford attempted to establish a rubber plantation in 1928. In this work Smith explores the tension between nature and industrial development. The exhibition also includes collections of objects, paintings, photographs, videos and collages made since 1994.
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Exhibition October 11, 2014 -
Melanie Smith, Fordlandia, 2014. HD Video, 29:42 minutes. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo: Julien Devaux & Leonide Principe.
Melanie Smith (b. 1965, Poole, UK) has lived and worked in Mexico City since 1989. Recurring themes in her work include migration, travel, adventure, dislocation and abstraction. Although Smith enjoys an international reputation, this will be the first opportunity for a Dutch audience to see her work on such a large scale. The exhibition is a partnership with the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, where it was shown earlier this year.
In 2012 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen acquired Smith’s video Xilitla (2011), which was shown in the Mexican pavilion at the Venice Biennale the previous year. In this film Smith explores the Mexican rain forest and stumbles upon mysterious ruins overgrown with vegetation. The fantastic structures and follies were built by Edward James, the eccentric collector of Dalí, Delvaux and Magritte, part of whose collection was acquired by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the 1970s.