Leandro Erlich

Leandro Erlich

Argentina 1973



Leandro Erlich
Leandro Erlich
June 8, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Many of life’s situations that we find ourselves in are completely dependant on the point of view we’ve managed to develop. How we perceive a situation and choose to act upon it will naturally come out of our own personality, but if we were to step into the next man’s shoes, the same event might be seen under a whole different light. Showing us the power of perception and point of view through art, Leandro Erlich plays with the position of the viewer in regard to the next, as well as the environment that he creates. Making installations and sculptures that the viewers can often interact with, each of his pieces are a marvel to be seen, giving a new dimension to art.

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Leandro Erlich – Single Cloud Collecion, 2012

Building a Practice

No less than spectacular, the artistic practice of the Argentinian-born artist Leandro Erlich has been noticed early on in his career. Representing his country in the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, his work has been increasingly sought after ever since, and he’s been building upon his uncanny practice. Forcing an interaction between the viewer and the installation space, Erlich’s pieces often depend on that very interaction, making people a part of his work and thus rather popular among the same. Though each of his individual works is unique, to say the least, the artist confesses to admiration and influence of film directors including Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Luis Buñel and Roman Polanski, who have been using the space of everyday in order to create a fictional world. It is an effect worthy of admiration, one that Erlich managed to produce repeatedly in his output.

Leandro Erlich forces an interaction between the viewer and the installation space

Leandro Erlich 2013 museum 2008 swimming pool contact exhibition
Leandro Erlich – L’ultime Déménagement

An Illusory Design

It’s far from an easy task to “pull the wool over someone’s eyes” when it comes to grasping reality itself and Leandro Erlich does it in a witty, charming, and a truly spectacular way. Creating an illusion of three-dimensionality, his installations always bring something new to the world of contemporary art while playing with the senses of the viewer. Each of his works falls into this “illusory” category: from the illusion of a pool and the depth of its water to an optical illusion of people climbing the walls of a house at the Dalston Mill site. Designing various models that interact with the people in public spaces, outside of gallery walls, Erlich devotes his thoughts to his work even in his spare time, living in a house specially made to nurture and support his ideas.

Erlich shifts our perception in a witty, charming, and a truly spectacular way

Leandro Erlich - Swimming Pool, 1999 new york museum 2008 venice water 2013 exhibition 2014 swimming pool
Leandro Erlich – Swimming Pool, 1999

Leaving a Lasting Impact

Whether you are an art historian, critic, or an average Joe, there’s an unmistakable feeling of uncanny amazement when viewing the artwork of Leandro Erlich. Shifting the fixed beliefs of reality we’ve all established over the years, every perceived piece of artwork is a sensation of its own, leaving a unique and a lasting impact. Recognized across the globe both inside and outside gallery walls, Leandro Erlich’s extraordinary art is sure to impress in the years to come.

Leandro Erlich lives and works between Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Featured image: Leandro Erlich – portrait, photo via japantimes.co.jp
All other photos courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016 Puerto de Memorias, MUNTREF Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2015 Pulled by the RootsGLOBALE, ZKM, Karlsruhe, GermanySolo
2015 Kaohsiung’s House, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, TaiwanSolo
2015 La Democracía del Símbolo, MALBA, Buenos Aries, ArgentinaSolo
2015 Maison fond, Nuit Blanche, Permanent Installation, Paris, FranceSolo
2015 Follia Continua!, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Paris, FranceGroup
2015 My Buenos Aires, La Maison Rouge, Paris, FranceGroup
2015 Colección Daros Latinamerica, PROA, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2015 Cono Sur, Galería Xippas, Punta del Este, UruguayGroup
2015 Untitled Nagoya City Art Museum, JapanGroup
2015 Renaissance, Lille 3000, Lille, FranceGroup
2014 Port of Reflection, Hanjin Box, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2014 Leandro Erlich – Ordinary?, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, JapanSolo
2014 Mirrors, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, IsraelSolo
2014 Fragment of Illusion, Artfront Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2014 Festival Images, Vevey, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2014 Lifelike, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, ArizonaGroup
2014 Reflection!, Oi!, Hong KongGroup
2014 Sydney Art Festival, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2014 IN SITU Arte en el Espacio Publico, Bariloche, ArgentinaGroup
2014 Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2014 MAR, Mar de Plata, ArgentinaGroup
2014 Ilusões [Ilusiones / Illusions], Casa Daros Rio, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
2014 Visual Deception II – Into the future, Hygo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, JapanGroup
2014 Fragment of Illusion, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2014 Montevideo 2nd Biennial, UruguayGroup
2014 El Museo de los Mundos Imaginarios, MAR, Mar del Plata, ArgentinaGroup
2013Leandro ErlichDalston House, Barbican, London, United KingdomSolo
2013 Leandro Erlich: La Invención, Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2013 Leandro Erlich – Lost Garden, Galería NoguerasBlanchard, Madrid, SpainSolo
2013 Lifelike, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LouisianaGroup
2013 Lifelike, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CaliforniaGroup
2013 Lifelike, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, TexasGroup
2013 Jardin Invisible, Hospice Saint Charles, Rosny-sur-Seine, FranceGroup
2013 Inaugural Exhibition: Looking Forward, The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OhioGroup
2013 Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2013 Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2013 Bunny Smash, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2013 Buenos Aires, PROA, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2013 Anti-Gravity, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, JapanGroup
2013 Setouchi Triennale, JapanGroup
2013 Shanghai International Art Festival, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2012 Leandro Erlich, Galeria Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2012 Leandro Erlich: Inexistence, SongEun Art space, Seoul, KoreaSolo
2012 Le Bâtiment, Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2012 INSITU – Arte en Espacio Público, Bariloche, ArgentinaGroup
2012 Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MinnesotaGroup
2012 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Niigata, JapanGroup
2012 Mind the System, Find the Gap, Art museum Z33, Hasselt, BelgiumGroup
2012 Fantastic 2012, Lille, FranceGroup
2012 Le Voyage à Nantes, Biennal de L’Estuaire, Nantes, FranceGroup
2012 Louvre Abu Dhabi, Gardens of Manarat Al SaadiyatGroup
2012 The Armory Show, New York, USAGroup
2012 More Real?, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2012 Fruits de la passion, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FranceGroup
2011 Two Different Tomorrows, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
2011 Leandro Erlich, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, FranceSolo
2011 In Perceptions, Espace 104, Paris, FranceGroup
2011 Untitled Museo de arte moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2011 Paris Delhi Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FranceGroup
2010 Leandro Erlich, Jardin Perdido/Lost Garden, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CaliforniaSolo
2010 Mudam Collection, Mudam Luxembourg, LuxembourgGroup
2010 Caves Vranken/Pommery, Reims, FranceGroup
2010 Lugar Algum, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, BrazilGroup
2010 Setouchi International Art Festival, JapanGroup
2009 Leandro Erlich, Luciana Brito Gallery, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2009 Instalaciones Leandro Erlich, Reina Sofía, Madrid, SpainSolo
2009 Argentina Hoy, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, BrazilGroup
2009 Art in the Auditorium Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2008 Leandro Erlich: Miniature Models of Larger Projects, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2008 Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, New YorkSolo
2008 Leandro Erlich: Changing Rooms, Galeriacontinua, San Gimignano, ItalySolo
2008 Artists' Speculations - Four Generations in the Mirror, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, ItalyGroup
2008 Spheres ’08, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, Paris, FranceGroup
2008 Leandro Erlich and Lene Berg, Whitechapel, London, United KingdomGroup
2008 Project New Orleans, Prospect 1, New Orleáns, LouisianaGroup
2008 Chanel Mobile Art, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2008 Chanel Mobile Art, Central Park, New York, New YorkGroup
2008 Singapore Biennale, SingaporeGroup
2008 Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, EnglandGroup
2007 Leandro Erlich, Galeria Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2007 Fortunate Objects: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USAGroup
2007 Stereovision: From 2D to 3D, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, USAGroup
2007 Futuresystems: Rare Moments, Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz, AustriaGroup
2007 Reconstruction #2 Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, InglaterraGroup
2007 Desplazamientos Entre la Escultura y la Instalación Casa de Cultura, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2006 Leandro Erlich, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ArtBasel, Miami, FloridaSolo
2006 Leandro Erlich, Galeria Brito Cimino, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2006 Leandro Erlich, MACRO Museo de Arte Contemporanea Rome, ItalySolo
2006 Echigo-Tsumari Art Trienal, JapanGroup
2006 Untitled Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, FranceGroup
2006 ArtesMundi Prize, National Museum, Cardiff, WalesGroup
2006 Notre Historie Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FranceGroup
2006 spacio Interior PhotoEspaña 06, Madrid, SpainGroup
2005 Leandro Erlich, Albion Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2005 Leandro Erlich, Le Grand Café - Centre d’ art Contemporain, Saint Nazaire, FranceSolo
2005 Leandro Erlich, Galeria Nogueras/Blanchard, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2005 51st Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione, ItalyGroup
2005 Untitled Offshore Prix Ricard, Paris, FranceGroup
2005 The Plain of Heaven, Meatpacking District, New York, USAGroup
2004 Untitled La Nuit Blanche, Paris, FranceGroup
2004 POLIPHONY permanent installation 21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa, JapanGroup
2004 Bienal do Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2004 Doubtful, Universite de Rennes, FranceGroup
2003 Leandro Erlich, Centre d’art Santa Monica, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2003 Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, FranceGroup
2003 Art Unlimited, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2002 Leandro Erlich, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, FranceSolo
2002 Urban Creation Shanghai Biennale, ChinaGroup
2002 Busan Biennial, KoreaGroup
2002 Faster than the eye, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CaliforniaGroup
2002 Politicas de la Diferencia, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2001 NEIGHBORS: an installation by Leandro Erlich, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New YorkSolo
2001 TOURISM (collaboration with Judi Werthein), Kent Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
2001 Leandro Erlich: The Swimming Pool, 49th Venice Biennale, Fondaco dei Tedeschi via Rialto, Venice, ItalyGroup
2001 7th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2001 VOX 2001, Kent Gallery, New York, New YorkGroup
2000 6 feet under (collaboration with Judi Werthein), White Box Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
2000 Leandro Erlich, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2000 TOURISM (collaboration with Judi Werthein), 7th Havana Biennale, Havana, CubaGroup
2000 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New YorkGroup
2000 Natural Deceits: Ten Texas Artists, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth,TexasGroup
1999 El Living, Kent Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
1999 Rain, Moody Gallery, Houston, TexasSolo
1999 Core 1999, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TexasGroup
1999 Paralelos / Paralelas, Fondo Nacional des las Artes, ARCO Madrid, SpainGroup
1998 Core 1998, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TexasGroup
1997 Inner City, General Consulate of Argentina, New York, New YorkSolo
1997 First Mercosur Biennale Art Show, Porto Alegre, BrazilGroup
1996 AEIUO Installations, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
1995 Twelve Argentinian Artists, United Nations, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
1995 Taller De Barracas, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
1995 Spring Roll (collaboration with Judith Werthein) Peru Square, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
1993 Leandro Erlich, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
1993 Leandro Erlich, Espacio Giesso, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
1991 Leandro Erlich, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo