Mexico City ArtThe Art of Escape
If artists are known for anything, it’s discerning taste. While many of life’s luxuries like food, shopping and culture are putting Mexico City on the destination map, add art to the top of the list. In November of last year,the art world came together – at least for a weekend – to celebrate the opening of a private art museum created by Eugenio López. Museo Jumex is a private art museum designed by star architect David Chipperfield, boasting over 2,000 works of Latin American art, as well as art from Europe, Asia and the United States. Artists were in no short supply, to say the least.
The artists in attendance weren’t just anyone, either: On top of Chipperfield, Pedro Reyes, Danh Vo, Damián Ortega and Gabriel Orozco swung by for a visit. Chipperfield spoke at the opening preview about the natural light he utilized when designing the space. Reyes, whose gun-based installation of musical instruments showed in 2013’s Carnegie International, spoke for an hour. (Speaking of the avant-garde lifestyle, he entreated carnivorous listeners to reduce their carbon footprints by eating grasshoppers.) Orozco invited other influencers over to his highly curated, sculptural house for lunch, and Vo chatted with devotees all night at Casa de la Bola. And Ortega hosted visitors in not one, but both of his two studios.
Months later, Mexico City is as vibrant an art hub as ever. The commercial gallery scene is going strong: Kurimanzutto is a an architecturally stunning gallery representing world-class artists, and Proyectos Monclova is making its exciting debut. The National Museum of Anthropology and Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum showcase pre-Columbian artifacts and artworks, and Carlos Slim’s Museo Soumaya features Rodin sculptures right by Jumex. But it’s not just the galleries that are keeping this city in vogue. Even if for a weekend, the approval of art-world celebs has left a lasting buzz.
Well, at least until their next weekend escape.