Mexico City - Interviews

Joaquin Segura: Mexico City Through an Artist’s Perspective

2 days ago

On the occasion of our special issue on Zona Maco and the art week, we asked artist Joaquin Segura to draw up a special artistic itinerary around Mexico City.

Joaquin Segura’s practice meditates on the phenomenology of violence, sociopolitical microclimates, asymmetrical history and the current role of ideology. Major concerns addressed in recent projects revolve around the nature of power, identity in an age of particular instability and the ontological significance of dissent and failure. One of the most prominent Mexican artists of his generation, his work has been extensively shown internationally since the early 2000s in spaces such as Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, La Panaderia and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), El Museo del Barrio, Anthology Film Archives and White Box (New York), MoLAA (Los Angeles) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow), The Modern (Fort Worth) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne). He’s a founding member and board advisor of SOMA.

“To be fair, we must remark there is not only one Mexico City. Even to locals or people that have spent quite some time around, the broad spectrum of experiences the city formerly known as DF offers is quite diverse and can cater to a wide spectrum of tastes: from the blue-chip plane hopping connoisseur to individuals with a penchant for edgier or independent initiatives, with all their imaginable in-betweens. Even with its insane transit problems and a visible lack of urban planning, most of the places that may interest art audiences are pretty central. Staying at Roma, Condesa, Juárez or Cuauhtémoc would be perhaps the most accessible areas when it comes to beating omnipresent traffic jams, with interesting views and walkable distances. And yes, these are highly gentrified areas, just in case you were wondering.

A good start would be a light breakfast: maybe a croque madame, made with bread baked on the spot and freshly roasted coffee at Patisserie Dominique (Chiapas 157, Roma Norte) or a quick café au lait and pastries at Boulangerie 41 (Popocatépetl 41, Hipódromo). The Modern Art Museum, located in the historical Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, would be a nice spot to hit after, followed up by a visit to Casa del Lago, a cultural center with a strong visual arts program led by Victor Palacios. Walking to Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, a former studio house that belonged to the illustrious 20th century muralist before being donated to the ‘people of Mexico’ is a definite must. SAPS, as the space is known to the local art crowd, is appreciated for showing politically and socially engaged projects from emerging, mid-career and consolidated artists from very diverse backgrounds.

Lunch should probably be quick if we are looking to make the most out of the day. Nice options in nearby areas would be Caldos Ánimo (Rio Elba 31, Cuauhtemoc). Their fusion of birria, a very traditional pungent goat stew mixed with ramen –hence birriamen- is as fun and tasty as it sounds. Runner-ups would be Suuway (Alfonso Reyes 238, Hipodromo), a Japanese-thai newcomer. Yes, Contramar is still amazingly good but insufferably crowded most of the time.

Hitting the used bookstore district by Zocalo, the main square, is always an exciting thing to do, especially if you’re looking for dirt-cheap soviet era propaganda – a basic need in any trip. Bibliofilia (Donceles 78-80, Centro) carries an amazing selection of documents, antique books and rare items. Beer at La Faena (Venustiano Carranza 49, Centro) and more books at Antigua Librería Madero (Isabel la Católica 97, Centro) would also add up to the incursion in this part of town.

Catching up breath at the Abelardo L. Rodriguez market (Callejón Girón, Centro), where a little-known 1935 relief mural by Isamu Noguchi silently resides, among other discreet gems in a collective project led by Diego Rivera himself is mandatory.

If it’s dinnertime already and you’re still caught in Centro, Limosneros (Allende 3, Centro), contemporary Mexican cuisine with a fancy touch and a bold cocktail bar would be the way to go. La Fonda Fina (Medellin 79, Roma Norte) also offers a cozy atmosphere in which homemade Mexican food with a twist can be delightfully tasted. The porkbelly sope is not to be missed.

Getting drunk in Mexico City is always a nice idea. Covadonga perhaps one of the most traditional artist hangout spots, at least in the past couple decades, will finally reopen its doors on late January, after a disconcerting absence following up the most recent earthquake that shook the city last September. Tortilla soup and tartar steak, along with drinks, drinks and drinks.

This might as well be a nice note to end a day in the city: a resilient and forceful spot in the world, layered and diverse, sometimes harsh but vibrant and welcoming… in its own very particular manner.

Welcome and enjoy your stay”.

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Joaquin Segura, Photo credits: Walter Novak Joaquin Segura, Photo credits: Walter Novak
  • Joaquin Segura, Notas sobre México, 2014 Joaquin Segura, Notas sobre México, 2014
  • Joaquin Segura, The Battle for Hamburger Hill, 2008 Joaquin Segura, The Battle for Hamburger Hill, 2008
  • Segura, Homemade (Napalm #1), 2010. Courtesy of the artist Segura, Homemade (Napalm #1), 2010. Courtesy of the artist
  • Joaquin Segura, Homemade (Napalm #2), 2010. Courtesy of the artist Joaquin Segura, Homemade (Napalm #2), 2010. Courtesy of the artist
Mexico City - News

My Art Guide Mexico City 2018 Editorial Committee

2 days ago

My Art Guide Mexico City is a paper guide and digital issue dedicated to Zona Maco and the art week in Mexico City, available online and on iOS app.

This edition has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by Carlos Amorales (Artist), Juan Gaitán (Director of Museo Tamayo), and Mauricio Galguera (Director of Galería Hilario Galguera and co-director of El Cuarto de máquinas).
The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in town.

Carlos Amorales (b. Mexico City) is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the limits of language and translation systems to venture into the field of cultural experimentation. He uses graphic production as a tool to develop linguistic structures and alternative working models that allow new forms of interpretation and foster collectivity. In his projects, Amorales examines identity construction processes, proposes a constant re signification of forms present in his work, and provokes a clash between art and pop culture. He represented the Mexican Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Juan Gaitán  is director of Museo Tamayo since 2015 and currently based in Mexico City and Berlin.

Mauricio Galguera (b. Mexico City) is director of Hilario Galguera gallery since 2013 and co-founder and co-director of El cuarto de máquinas.
Founded in 2006, Hilario Galguera Gallery is hosted in an early 20th Century manor from the times of Porfirio Díaz in one of Mexico City’s oldest neighbourhoods, San Rafael. From 2008 to 2011 the gallery opened a space in Leipzig, Germany, in a 19th Century yarn factory, thus becoming the first Mexican gallery with a space in Europe. Since 2012 it keeps an office in Berlin.
El cuarto de máquinas is a space for experimentation through art projects. Since 2015 it has focused on the production and promotion of exhibitions of young or emerging artists, experimental projects and the development of a program of curated samples.

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Carlos Amorales, Artist's Portrait Carlos Amorales, Artist's Portrait
  • Juan A. Gaitán, Director of Museo Tamayo Juan A. Gaitán, Director of Museo Tamayo
  • Mauricio Galguera, Director of Hilario Galguera Gallery Mauricio Galguera, Director of Hilario Galguera Gallery
Venice - News

Palazzo Grassi Announced Its Upcoming Exhibitions Program

1 week ago

The exhibition program of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana presents two new exhibitions from Sunday 8 April 2018: a monograph dedicated to the German artist Albert Oehlen and Dancing with Myself, a group show that investigates the importance of self-representation in artistic production from the 70s to today.

Curated by Caroline Bourgeois, the exhibition by Albert Oehlen traces a path along the production of the artist through a selection of about 85 works, from the best known to the less known, made from the 80s to today and coming from the Pinault Collection and important private collections and international museums.

Dancing with Myself” brings together about 100 works from the Pinault Collection – from Claude Cahun to LaToya Ruby Frazier, from Gilbert & George to Cindy Sherman, from Alighiero Boetti to Maurizio Cattelan, in dialogue with a selection of works from the Folkwang Museum, and is presented in a unpublished version for the Punta della Dogana exhibition spaces with over 45 works not exhibited during the exhibition in Essen.

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2016. Courtesy of Palazzo Grassi Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2016. Courtesy of Palazzo Grassi
London - News

Condo London to Reach its 3rd Edition

2 weeks ago

This year, the collaborative exhibition Condo sees the participation of 46 galleries across 17 London spaces. The event runs 13 January — 10 February 2018 with a preview weekend on 13/14 January, 12–6pm.

Check out the full list of participating galleries:

kÖnig london, 259–269 Old Marylebone Road ● Winchester House ● NW1 5RA ● Wed–Sat 11–6pm hosting galeria jaqueline martins São Paulo

pilar corrias, 54 Eastcastle Street ● W1W 8EF ● Mon–Fri 10–6pm & Sat 11–6pm
hosting sociÉtÉ Berlin

sadie coles hq, 62 Kingly Street ● W1B 5QN ● Tue–Sat 11–6pm hosting koppe astner Glasgow and madragoa Lisbon

southard reid, 7 Royalty Mews ● W1D 3AS ● Tue–Sat 11–6pm hosting bureau New York and park view Los Angeles

rodeo, 125 Charing Cross Road ● WC2H 0EW ● Tue–Sat 11–6pm
hosting andrew kreps gallery New York

hollybush gardens, 1–2 Warner Yard ● EC1R 5EY ● Wed–Fri 11–6pm & Sat 12–5pm hosting jan mot Brussels

mother’s tankstation, Morley House, 4th Floor ● 26 Holborn Viaduct ● EC1A 2AT ● Thu 12–5pm & Fri–Sat 12–6pm hosting edouard malingue gallery Shanghai / Hong Kong

project native informant, Morley House, 3rd Floor ● 26 Holborn Viaduct ● EC1A 2AT ● Wed–Sat 12–6pm hosting madein gallery Shanghai and kow Berlin

emalin, Unit 4, Huntingdon Estate ● Bethnal Green Road ● E1 6JU ● Wed–Sat 11–6pm hosting weiss falk Basel

union pacific, 17 Goulston Street ● E1 7TP ● Thu–Sat 12–6pm hosting misako & rosen Tokyo and chertlÜdde Berlin and gregor staiger Zurich

carlos/ishikawa, Unit 4, 88 Mile End Road ● E1 4UN ● Wed–Sat 12–6pm
hosting queer thoughts New York and schiefe zÄhne Berlin

maureen paley 21 Herald Street ● E2 6JT ● Wed–Sun 11–6pm hosting dÉpendance Brussels and josÉgarcÍa ,mx Mexico City

the approach, 1st Floor, 47 Approach Road ● E2 9LY ● Wed–Sun 12–6pm
hosting nuno centeno Porto

–  modern art 50–58 Vyner Street ● E2 9DG ● Wed–Sat 11–6pm hosting 1301pe Los Angeles

greengrassi / ­corvi-mora, 1a Kempsford Road ● SE11 4NU ● Tue–Sat 11–6pm
hosting lomex New York and jtt New York and proyectos ultravioleta Guatemala City

rob tufnell, 139 Lambeth Walk ● SE11 6EE ● Thu–Sat 12–6pm
hosting croy nielsen Vienna

the sunday painter / arcadia missa, 117–119 South Lambeth Road ● SW8 1XA ● Wed–Sat 12–6pm hosting dawid radziszewski Warsaw and stereo Warsaw

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Condo London 2018, Map Condo London 2018, Map
Singapore - News

Art Stage Singapore is Reaching its 8th Edition

3 weeks ago

Taking place from 26 to 28 January 2018 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre and coinciding with the eventful Singapore Art Week, this year Art Stage is reaching its 8th edition.

This year the fair is renovating its concept by expanding the field to collectors, artists and other creative industries.
For the exhibition highlights the fair presents three special selling exhibitions: a collaboration with The Tiroche DeLeon Collection; an exclusive showcase by Honorary Invited Artist, Fernando Botero; and a special selling exhibition of the works on paper of the late American artist Alexander Calder.

Save the date – Art Stage Singapore
25-28 January 2018

Opening times:
25 January 2018 (Preview)
26 January 2018, Friday 12pm – 9pm
27 January 2018, Saturday 11am – 7pm
28 January 2018, Sunday 11am – 6pm

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Art Stage Singapore Art Stage Singapore
Venice - News

Ralph Rugoff Named Curator of the Biennale Arte 2019

4 weeks ago

Today La Biennale di Venezia, under the decision of the President Paolo Baratta, has announced the appointment of Ralph Rugoff as Director of the Visual Arts Department, for curating the 58th International Art Exhibition. Rugoff is Director of the Hayward Gallery of London since 2006 and curated the XIII Biennale de Lyon in 2015.

President Baratta stated that “the appointment of Ralph Rugoff confirms the Biennale’s primary goal, to qualify the Exhibition as a place of encounter between the visitors, the art and the artists. An Exhibition engaging the viewers directly with the artworks in such a way that memory, the unexpected, the possible provocation, the new and the different can stimulate their visions, their minds and their emotions, and offer them the opportunity for a direct experience.”

The 58th International Art Exhibition runs from 11 May to 24 November 2019; preview dates on 8, 9 and 10 May; the public opening is on Saturday 11 May.

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Portrait of Ralph Rugoff by Marc Atkins. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery, London Portrait of Ralph Rugoff by Marc Atkins. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery, London
San Josè - News

No Show Museum Next Stops Around the Globe

1 month ago

A museum dedicated to “nothing”, the No Show Museum includes over 500 works, documents, and artifacts of conceptual art, minimalist art, painting, performance art, photography, literature, theatre, film, and music from 150 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries like Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Maurizio Cattelan, Marcel Duchamp, Ceal Floyer, Hans Haacke, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Gianni Motti, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Santiago Sierra, Andy Warhol, and Rémy Zaugg.

The project also includes an itinerant exposition venue: a mobile presentation space of 7m2 in a converted postbus giving visitors the chance to experience “nothing” and art.
The next stop of the bus will be San José in Costa Rica at Despacio art space: the show “Nothing Is Missing / ¡No Falta Nada!” curated by Andreas Heusser, will give visitors the chance to discover the fascinating history of the art of nothing from its origins in the avant-garde to the early twentieth century to this day. His entertaining lesson-show will present the works of the artists who contributed to the development of the dematerialisation of art.

Upcoming cities of the No Show Museum bus tour:

December 16, 2017 on: “Nothing Is Missing / ¡No Falta Nada!” – Despacio, San José, Costa Rica

January 4, 2018 on: “Nothing Is Missing / ¡No Falta Nada!” – Antìtesis Gallery, Panama

January 18, 2018 on: “Nothing Is Missing / ¡No Falta Nada!” – Cartagena, Colombia

January 21, 2018 on: “Nothing Is Missing / ¡No Falta Nada!” – Medellín, Colombia

January 25, 2018 on: “Nothing Is Missing / ¡No Falta Nada!” – MAC Museum of Contemporary Art of Bogota, Bogota, Colombia

Claudia Malfitano

  • No Show Museum bus No Show Museum bus
  • No Show Museum bus No Show Museum bus
Tehran - News

Monir Museum to Open in Tehran in December 2017

1 month ago

Officially open to the public from December 16, the Monir Museum in Tehran is the first museum in Iran dedicated to a woman artist.
Located in the historic Negarestan Museum Park Gardens in Tehran, it is the largest permanent display of her work with over 50 works donated by Monir herself (1924, Qazvin, Iran).
The collection comprises wall-based panels and free-standing works, drawings, original carpets and jewellery, and work from “Heartaches” – a series of sculptural boxes made of mixed collages and arrangements of photographs, prints and various objects and was made in New York in the 1990s. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s practice derives from an Iranian decorative form known as aineh-kari—a technique dating back to the 16th century. This extensive display presents the visual and conceptual language developed by the artist over six decades and reflects upon the different facets and materials of her prolific practice.

Claudia Malfitano

  • Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
  • Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Lightening for Neda, 2009, Queensland Art Gallery, Installation View Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Lightening for Neda, 2009, Queensland Art Gallery, Installation View
Dubai & Sharjah - News

Updates from the Sharjah Art Foundation: Curators of the 2019 Biennale and March Meeting 2018

1 month ago

The Sharjah Art Foundation appointed the curators of the 14th Sharjah Biennale, opening in March 2019: Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons. Including 3 exhibitions curated and organised by each of the three curators, the Sharjah Biennial number 14 entitled “Leaving the Echo Chamber” will explore the possibilities for creating art when material culture is under constant threat of human destruction and climate degradation, offering artists from the UAE and around the world an internationally recognised platform for exhibition and experimentation.

The 2018 edition of the March Meeting (March 17 – 19, 2018) will tackle the issue of resistance and the act of organising as a condition for both artistic and cultural production. Through panels, exhibitions and performances the meeting will explore and encourage a reassessment of art’s relationship to notions of authorship, agency and the public.

To apply as a participant, visit sharjahart.org/march-meeting-2018
To attend contact register@sharjahart.org

Claudia Malfitano

  • March Meeting 2017 March Meeting 2017
  • Omar Kholei, Claire Tancons, Zoe Butt Omar Kholei, Claire Tancons, Zoe Butt
Tel Aviv - News

Magasin III, Stockholm to Open a Satellite Space in Jaffa

1 month ago

Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art in Stockholm is due to open a satellite space in Jaffa, greater Tel Aviv. The inaugural opening will be with an exhibition by Israeli-born American artist Haim Steinbach on January 20, 2018. This is the first solo show by the artist in Israel, and it marks the launch of a diverse program at Magasin III Jaffa that will feature both international and local artists.

“Haim Steinbach belongs to the most quintessential group of Contemporary artists—those that so importantly have pushed the boundaries of visual expression. The upcoming exhibition will clearly establish a benchmark for future presentations at Magasin III Jaffa. It is our utmost pleasure to present Haim Steinbach’s art to local and international audiences”, says David Neuman.

The General Manager of Magasin III Jaffa, Karmit Galili, says: “This is a truly exciting addition to our city. The satellite defines Magasin III’s longstanding involvement with the cultural scene in Israel. The area where Magasin III Jaffa is located has a rich and mixed history and we are very much looking forward to contributing to it and engaging with new audiences.”

Save the date – Magasin III, Jaffa
Solo show by Haim Steinbach,
Opening January 20, 2018
Curator: David Neuman

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Magasin III Jaffa. Photo credits: Mia Gourvitch Magasin III Jaffa. Photo credits: Mia Gourvitch
  • Magasin III Jaffa. Photo credits: Mia Gourvitch Magasin III Jaffa. Photo credits: Mia Gourvitch