Gabriel García Márquez famously claimed to hate “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” his landmark novel, because he feared subsequent works would hardly measure up to readers’ expectations. He needn’t have worried. “The Autumn of the Patriarch” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” are both exceptional. But Márquez’s breakthrough novel still commands fascination more than 50 years after its initial publication.
Count Colombian artist and printmaker Pedro Villalba Ospina as one of the book’s fans. For 22 years, Ospina has celebrated his late countryman by re-creating the book’s powerful currents of magical realism, myth, love and loss in hundreds of colorful etchings. These illustrations are featured in the new exhibit “One Hundred Years of Solitude Turns 50,” on view at Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios.
“ ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is a novel that interprets all human feelings,” Ospina says in a prepared statement. “That human spirit captivated me since my adolescence, when […] I found glimpses of my own emotions in it.”
The exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication in May 1967, and assembles 30 surreal illustrations drawn from the book, which follows seven generations of the Buendía family in the fictional, isolated Colombian town of Macondo. The show, which closes Aug. 23, also will include a video of Ospina’s printmaking processes along with a display of his art book “One Hundred Years of Solitude, An Artist’s Book – A Bibliophile Edition,” which includes four volumes of drawings presented in a wooden case.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; through Aug. 23