Oriol Vilanova

°1980, Manresa (ES) – lives and works in Brussels (BE)

Oriol Vilanova visits flea markets all over the world to collect antique postcards. The cards he buys can depict everything: from kittens to architectural highlights and from archaeological artefacts to sunsets. These postcards can be seen as mass-produced reliquaries, tangible memories or souvenirs from places or periods.

Vilanova’s collection contains over thirty-four thousand postcards, which he classifies in over one hundred sections, and presents accordingly. The most interesting section would be the one reserved for cards the artist calls ‘unclassifiable’ – as they are often the starting point for new ways of making sense of this ever-growing collection.


Oriol Vilanova
Oriol Vilanova – with Sunsets from, 2015 (Courtesy of Blueclic)

Oriol Vilanova has had solo shows at institutions such as Fundació Tàpies, Barcelona; CA2M, Madrid; M-Museum, Leuven; L’Appartement 22, Rabat; Nottingham Contemporary and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Group shows include FRAC, Nord Pas-de Calais; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich; Kunsthalle, Mulhouse; FormContent, London; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and MACBA, Barcelona.

You can discover more of Oriol Vilanova’s work on his own website.

works by Oriol Vilanova

Oriol Vilanova - Oostende - 2017

Oriol Vilanova



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