The highly anticipated Museo Jumex opened last week in Polanco, Mexico city. The Fundacion Jumex Arte Contemporaneo is one of the biggest privately owned art collections in Latin America. It was previously based at the Jumex juice factory in the outskirts of Ecatepec where an exhibition space still exists (see our review of one of last year’s show there here).
The new building designed by David Chippenfield Architects, is located in the newest part of upscale Polanco, sitting besides the famous Museo Soumaya and surrounded by mirrored highrises housing the offices of some big name corporations. The museum’s architecture takes these surroundings in consideration, framing the neighboring buildings perfectly through its windows and terraces. Besides the two floors of gallery space and a third floor reserved for academic and educational endeavours, the museum includes a cafe, a terrace, a basement bookshop (with a beautiful Martin Creed striped marble floor) and an outdoor exhibition space. The museum will be exhibiting a rotation of pieces from the Jumex collection as well as inviting curators and hosting collaborative projects.
It’s opening exhibitions were: on the outside terrace “Cosmogonía doméstica” an outdoor installation by Mexican artist Damian Ortega, on the first floor: “James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography” co-curated by Peter Eleey and Magalí Arriola, showing the work of the late American minimalist James Lee Byars, and on the second floor: “Un Lugar en Dos Dimensiones: una selección de Colección Jumex + Fred Sandback” (“A Place in Two Dimentions: A Selection from Colección Jumex + Fred Sandback”), curated by Patrick Charpenel showcasing a selection from the Jumex Collection, as well as 7 sculptures by American minimalist Fred Sandback. Artists included were Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Richard Prince, Daniel Guzman, Urs Fischer, Fischli & Weiss, Maurizio Cattelan, John Baldessari, Gabriel Orozco, Rosemarie Trockel, Jorge Pardo, Sarah Lucas, Teresa Margolles and Eduardo Terrazas amongst others (see the full list of artists in the exhibition guide here)
Posts on the openings exhibitions coming soon!