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11 June 2019


On the evening of the official opening of Oscar Murillo: Violent Amnesia, the Ede Circle and Director’s Circle enjoyed a private tour of the exhibition led by exhibition curator and Director of Kettle’s Yard, Andrew Nairne.

Violent Amnesia is the first solo show by Colombian-born Murillo since his acclaimed exhibition at the South London Gallery in 2013. His recent nomination for the Turner Prize 2019 was in part a result of his exhibition at Kettle’s Yard. Having previously exhibited at Kettle’s Yard as part of the reopening exhibition Actions: The image of the world can be different, with his own show Murillo has filled both galleries, as well as the space in between, the Edlis Neeson Research Space and St Peter’s Church with his distinctive and vibrant work.

The patrons tour was a unique opportunity to be guided around the exhibition by Andrew Nairne, who has worked closely with Murillo on the exhibition and offered valuable insights into his process and practice. Ede Circle and Director’s Circle members were first led up to St Peter’s through the churchyard of spring wildflowers to be surprised by the life-size figures – traditional Colombian mateos – sitting on half-destroyed wooden pews in the church. Once back in the galleries, the group walked among the large, abstract paintings on the walls and over oil-soaked canvases strewn across the floor as Nairne drew out the tensions present in the artist’s work and described his varied influences, from globalisation to his childhood in Colombia. Between the two galleries, tucked behind the canvas hanging from the ceiling, a small Alfred Wallis painting French lugsail fishing boat (undated) is displayed on the wall. Nairne told of how Murillo had been an admirer of Wallis’ work before first visiting Kettle’s Yard and showed a connection between Wallis’ vivid blue and white sea and Murillo’s paintwork in surge (2017-18).

The patrons preview was a wonderful opportunity for an exclusive first look at Violent Amnesia, as well as the chance to ask questions of the curator and Director. Patrons also enjoyed the opportunity to meet Oscar Murillo at the opening after the tour.

The tour was one of a programme of special events organised for patrons of Kettle’s Yard. Please click here for more information about the different patrons groups at Kettle’s Yard. If you would like to become a patron, please contact

Oscar Murillo: Violent Amnesia is open until 23 June 2019.