Guest Curated by María Inés Rodríguez
On View February 28 – May 12, 2019

El Museo del Barrio is proud to present the first museum survey in the United States of Chilean born artist Alejandro Jodorowsky (b. Tocopilla, 1929). Curated by María Inés Rodríguez, the exhibition will feature more than five decades of his artistic production and will include an array of visual, literary, archival, and filmic material drawn largely from the artist’s personal archives. Among the works on display are ephemera related to Jodorowsky’s early theatrical and pantomime performances which he developed in post-WWII Paris as a co-creator of the Panic movement; a selection of his long-running cartoon strip, Las Fábulas Pánicas, published while Jodorowsky was living in Mexico City as an integral participant in the avant-garde art scene; and material related to his pioneering role as the director of both recent films including Endless Poetry (2016) as well as cult film classics as El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain (1973) and his abandoned film adaption of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic, Dune. Also on view will be works on paper by pascALEjandro, the synthesized being comprised of Jodorowsky and his partner Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, whose creative production has been described as the “love child” of the two artists. At its core, this extensive body of work (which today extends to the artist’s lively Twitter-stream) is united by Jodorowsky’s profound dedication to exploring the therapeutic possibilities of art, as revealed by his fascination and dedication to studying and restoring the Tarot of Marseille.

The exhibition will be accompanied by diverse programming, including a Tarot- reading by Jodorowsky.  A line-up of film screenings including such cult classics as Fando y Lis (1968), El Topo (1970), and The Holy Mountain (1973). Significantly, Jodorowsky will premiere his latest film,Psychomagic: A Healing Art (2018) in El Museo’s newly restored El Teatro.


Alejandro Jodorowsky (Tocopilla, Chile, 1929) is a Chilean-French internationally acclaimed director, playwright, composer, actor, and poet. Best known for directing celebrated avant-garde films such as El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain (1973), Santa Sangre (1989), and The Dance of Reality (2013), among many others, Jodorowsky has developed a prolific and diverse body of work that extends from miming to graphic novels, from Tarot-reading to literature and poetry, from esoteric writing to his relations with the Surrealist circles in Paris, and from underground cinema to his first performances with the Panic Group in the 1960s. His anti-conformist work has reached a large audience and triggered a true cult following through the symbolic, philosophical and sometimes esoteric dimensions of his art. Such rich output has influenced generations of actors, writers, filmmakers and visual artists across the globe.


Photo courtesy of Danh Vo

María Inés Rodríguez, Guest Curator of Jodorowsky at El Museo del Barrio, was formerly director of CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain of Bordeaux in France from February 2014 to August 2018. Prior to this, she held the position of chief curator at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City between 2011 and 2013, working on exhibitions and research projects that explored the appropriation of public space in art, design, education, architecture, and urbanism. From 2009 to 2011 she was chief curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (MUSAC) in Spain. Throughout her career, she has worked on major projects and exhibitions with such significant artists as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Beatriz Gonzalez, Danh Vo, and Teresa Margolles, among others. Rodriguez has been awarded the following grants: Fondation Patiño – Ville de Genève, American Center Foundation, Apex Art Center and Davidoff Arts Initiative.


IMAGES (top-bottom): Still from Poesías sin fin, 2016, Photograph by Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky; Alejandro Jodorowsky, Photograph by Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky; María Inés Rodríguez, Photograph by Danh Vo; Still from Poesías sin fin, 2016, Photograph by Montandon-Jodorowsky; Still from Poesías sin fin, 2016, Photograph by Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky; Still from La danza de la realidad, 2013, Photograph by Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky.