Michael Armitage
Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Madrid

3 February – 1 March 2022
Calcografía Nacional of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist

On February 3, the Calcografía Nacional of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando will host the first solo exhibition of Michael Armitage (Kenya, 1984). Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the exhibition presents a dialogue between the work by the Kenyan artist and the work of Francisco de Goya (1746 – 1828), bringing to light the bonds between the two artists.
Armitage’s work dovetails with Goya through dreamlike, ambiguous and supernatural undertones, as evinced by the Kenyan’s artist decision to display also a selection of his drawings, following in a line adumbrated by Goya’s Caprichos and his Desastres de la Guerra.

The works in the exhibition “Michael Armitage at the Calcografía Nacional” will be rounded off by screenings of Xala, a film by the deceased Senegalese director and political activist, Ousmane Sembène; and the documentary Sembène: The Making of African Cinema, by the professor, critic and filmmaker Manthia Diawara. Both films address the social and political situation of Senegal, dovetailing to perfection with the socio-political concerns underpinning the work of both Goya and Armitage.