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Free, Colombian chocolates offered at Chelsea gallery

Oscar Murillio's mother Virgelia (center) working at Colombina (1988)
Courtesy of Oscar Murillo

A display authentic, rich chocolate goods is catching the attention of many New Yorkers, at a Chelsea gallery show. Artist Oscar Murillo’s exhibit A Mercentile Novel, offers a history of the candy-making company Colombina, based in Murillo’s hometown of La Paila, Colombia. Murillo has strong ties to Colombina as several generations of his family, including his parents have worked there.

Murillo often integrates his cultural heritage and issues revolving around the theme of migration into his work. With this show, he explores the relationships between trade and globalization, individual relationships and communities, and roots and immigration. This show offers tens of thousands of free packages of Chocmelos, one of Colombina’s most famous chocolate candies with a creamy, marshmallow filling.

Murillo has even set up a special webpage for this exhibition to track the project while building new communities. Murillo’s work has been featured at many solo and group exhibitions across the country and around the world, including one earlier this year at The Mistake Room in Los Angeles, and his first solo show at the South London Gallery last year. Additionally, Murillo is taking on a long-term project called Frequencies, put together by him and his family, where he will visit schools around the world to help expand students’ creative thought process.

At The David Zwirner Gallery, 519 W. 19th St., through Jun.14. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 10 a.m.—6 p.m.

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