The Valise, a collective artists’ project, unites seven South American artists—Johanna Calle, Matías Duville, Maria Laet, Mateo López, Nicolás Paris, Rosângela Rennó, and Christian Vinck Henriquez—with the Argentine writer César Aira. The printed edition, published by the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art, presents a selection of artworks responding to the idea of travel and to Aira’s novel Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero (2000), both the original Spanish edition and the English translation, An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter (2006). The novel concerns the surreal story of an 1837 journey through South America by the German painter Johann Moritz Rugendas, an associate of the explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Designed to fit in a special valise (a carrying case), the works include original prints, maps, artist’s books, airmail envelopes, origami toys, posters, a sound recording, and a hand blown glass sculpture, all reflecting the artists’ shared affinity for geography, travel literature, and book-making.

The Valise is published in a signed edition of 100 copies for the members of the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art. A deluxe edition of 25 copies is available for purchase. (The deluxe edition includes hand-cut paper architecture by López; a second original woodcut print by Duville; a Paris design, hand-painted in metal leaf, on the carrying case; and signatures on many of the individual pieces.) An additional 10 artist copies of each of the two editions go to the artists and other collaborators.

Images

Johanna Calle (b. 1965, Bogotá). Paisaje Morfina (Morphine Landscape). 2016. Letterpress print, 11 × 14″ (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Johanna Calle (b. 1965, Bogotá). Paisaje Morfina (Morphine Landscape). 2016. Letterpress print, 11 × 14″ (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Matías Duville (b. 1974, Buenos Aires). Inmersíon (Immersion). 2015. One of 10 untitled laser prints of original drawings, various sizes
Matías Duville (b. 1974, Buenos Aires). Inmersíon (Immersion). 2015. One of 10 untitled laser prints of original drawings, various sizes
Maria Laet (b. 1982, Rio de Janeiro). Caminho (Walk). 2016. Detail of monoprint, comp.: 20″ × 7′2″ (51 × 218 cm), sheet: 20″ × 8′6″ (51 × 283 cm)
Maria Laet (b. 1982, Rio de Janeiro). Caminho (Walk). 2016. Detail of monoprint, comp.: 20″ × 7′2″ (51 × 218 cm), sheet: 20″ × 8′6″ (51 × 283 cm)
Mateo López (b. 1978, Bogotá). Ciudad Solar (La conquista de El Darién) (Sun City [The Conquest of El Darién]). 2016. One of 24 letterpress and silkscreen prints with sewing, 11 3/4 × 16 1/2″ (29.8 × 41.9 cm). The deluxe edition of The Valise includes hand-cut paper-architecture pop-ups
Mateo López (b. 1978, Bogotá). Ciudad Solar (La conquista de El Darién) (Sun City [The Conquest of El Darién]). 2016. One of 24 letterpress and silkscreen prints with sewing, 11 3/4 × 16 1/2″ (29.8 × 41.9 cm). The deluxe edition of The Valise includes hand-cut paper-architecture pop-ups
Nicolás Paris (b. 1977, Bogotá). Detours. 2016. Handblown double-headed glass bulb containing a seed, 4 × 7 1/2 × 4″ (10 × 19 × 10 cm)
Nicolás Paris (b. 1977, Bogotá). Detours. 2016. Handblown double-headed glass bulb containing a seed, 4 × 7 1/2 × 4″ (10 × 19 × 10 cm)
Rosângela Rennó (b. 1962, Belo Horizonte). Tudo sobre rodas (Everything on Wheels). 2016. Detail of “Photomap” for The Valise
Rosângela Rennó (b. 1962, Belo Horizonte). Tudo sobre rodas (Everything on Wheels). 2016. Detail of “Photomap” for The Valise
Christian Vinck Henriquez (b. 1978, Maracaibo, Venezuela). Print of a painting from UEELVDPV treating a story by Aira and based on Rugendas’s painting El Malón (The Raider, 1836). 2016. Offset-printed poster, 28 × 40″ (71 × 101.6 cm)
Christian Vinck Henriquez (b. 1978, Maracaibo, Venezuela). Print of a painting from UEELVDPV treating a story by Aira and based on Rugendas’s painting El Malón (The Raider, 1836). 2016. Offset-printed poster, 28 × 40″ (71 × 101.6 cm)