Mexico City - Exhibition

Philippe Parreno: La Levadura y el Anfitrión

Museo Jumex Arte Contemporáneo

26 Oct 201711 Feb 2018

“La Levadura y el Anfitrión” (The Yeast and The Host) is the first exhibition in Mexico by French artist Philippe Parreno.  The site specific installation develops over two floors: combinations of new, existing and re-edited works are overlaid to produce different realities and experiences in an ever-changing composition. At the centre of the exhibition, on the second floor of the museum, is the control centre. Here a bioreactor breeds yeast connected to a computer that remembers the program of a past exhibition (Anywhen, Parreno’s Tate Modern Hyundai Commission 2016 in London). These living colonies are now exposed to a new context and are reacting to it. The dynamic systems trigger the order of appearances of events in the gallery space such as the projection of a film or the sound and light movements that reverberate throughout the building. By turning control of the show over to natural systems, Parreno’s work explores the realm between the human mind (el anfitrión) – the host that choreographs the exhibition and other spectral forms of intelligent or emergent matter and activity.

  • Philippe Parreno, La Levadura Y El Anfitrión. Courtesy of Andrea RossettiPhilippe Parreno, La Levadura Y El Anfitrión. Courtesy of Andrea Rossetti

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General admission: $50; Mexican citizens: $30, Concession: $15 pesos; Free on Sunday


2500 m2

González Julieta

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Colonia Granada Mexico City, 11529 Mexico