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Scoop Art visits 2 art exhibitions in Mexico D.F.

Posted on May - 3 - 2016

There is no doubt that Mexico City is fast becoming a must in any art lover’s go-to list. It’s almost impossible to see everything the gigantic city has to offer in just one week. With its cool independent initiatives to the more formal spaces, the city offers a variety that accommodates to any taste. Scoop Art had the opportunity to see first hand some of these exhibitions and although this is just a short list, here are three that most caught our attention.

“The Natural Order of Things”, Jumex, Mexico D.F.

The Jumex Museum is always challenging and creating new discourses in the Mexican institutional art circles. From March 11 until May 8 it hosted an ambitious exhibition displaying some of the highlights of its impressive collection. Entitled “The Natural Order of Things”, the exhibition was curated by Julieta González and José Esparza Chong Cuy. The impressive building was divided into smaller rooms, where various works of art that had a similar connotation were grouped to create a cohesive feeling in each space. Works by international heavy-hitters such as Paul McCarthy, On Kawara, Carsten Holler, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Tino Sehgal were shown, as well as Mexican superstars Damian Ortega, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Gabriel Orozco and Minerva Cuevas. For any contemporary art dilettante, it is the perfect exhibition to get to know important artists and works of the last three decades. 

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“Performative Ellipsis”, Allora y Calzadilla, Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico D.F.

Kurimanzutto Galleries are one of the most interesting and respected galleries of Latin America at the moment. Besides participating in almost all of the relevant international art fair, it represents also internationally highly regarded artists, both Mexican and from all over the world such as Danh Vo, Sarah Morris, Dr. Lakra, Jammie Durham and more. From April 7 to May 7, it displays Allora and Calzadilla one the collaborative duos that have gained the attention for some time now in the art world, representing U.S in the Venice Bienal, and exhibiting in all-around important art spaces, such as the MoMA in New York. The exhibition consisted of actual dinosaur bones being held by acrylic supports. It speaks about our current situation, remitting to creatures long lost in history by extension, juxtaposed by a man-made material that is an actual threat to the environment thus referring to our own fragility. The exhibition is complemented by collaboration with composer David Lang and a performance done by Ónix Ensemble, head of the Mexican avant-garde music scene. A perfect combination of both visual and auditory stimuli. 

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“dre omnis”, Andreas Slominski, Proyectos Monclava

Proyectos Monclava focuses on creating dialogues between international and local artists. This space was originally founded in 2005 as an experimental site for emerging artists. Nowadays the project has expanded into the prestigious Roma neighborhood and shows up to 10 yearly exhibitions. It recently inaugurated “dre omnis” a solo exhibition of Andreas Slominski, who is one of the leading German contemporary artists, and it’s his first individual exhibition in Mexico.   

By: Gabriela Martínez

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Photo Courtesy of: www.rsvponline.mx