Colección Júmex

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Museo Júmex from Museo Soumaya steps

The Colección Júmex is said to be the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America, with works by Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky and Gabriel Orozco.[1]

History[edit]

The Colección Júmex (pronounced WHO-mex)[2] was founded by Eugenio López Alonso, conceived and directed by the independent art curator and historian Patricia Martín from 1998 to 2005. Since March 2001, the collection has been open to the public.[3] The idea of setting up his own museum-style space came after visiting the Saatchi collection in London.[4] The Colección Jumex's museums are funded by López and his company Grupo Jumex. In 2011, curator and collector Patrick Charpenel Corvera was named the director of the new museum.[5]

Collection and exhibitions[edit]

The 2,700-strong[6] Colección Júmex is believed to be the largest contemporary art collection in private hands in Latin America, with special emphasis on Mexican contemporary artists such as Miguel Calderón, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Mario García Torres. Other artists represented include Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Martin Kippenberger, and Bruce Nauman. Of 50 artists in the inaugural shows, 80% are men.[7] The collection also hosts a 6,000-volume contemporary art library.[3] The library attached to Colección Jumex holds some 7,900 volumes.[8]

Venues[edit]

Galería Júmex[edit]

The collection's first building, a 15,000-square-foot white cube,[9] is located in Ecatepec de Morelos, on the sprawling grounds of the Júmex factory in the industrial outskirts of Mexico City. It is about 19.5 km from Mexico City on the Carretera Libre Mexico-Pachuca. But with its distant location and strict security precautions — visits are by appointment only — Galería Júmex has attracted scant traffic.[10]

The space also serves as headquarters for the Fundación Júmex Arte Contemporáneo, which sponsors education initiatives and distributes art grants.[11]

Museo Júmex[edit]

The Museo Júmex in Nuevo Polanco, Mexico City, was opened on 19 November 2013. It expects to receive 300,000 visitors per year. It is conceived as an addition to Ecatepec, which is not to close.[12] The building is 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) in size and cost around 50 million US dollars to build.[1] > Carlos Slim Helú sold Lopez the land that the Museo Júmex is on.[13]

The museum features Mexican artists such as Gabriel Orozco and Carlos Amorales as well as international artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean.[14] The museum plans to host at least six exhibitions a year.[15] and to regularly rotate works from its permanent collection.[16]

The building was designed by David Chipperfield Architects and has a distinctive sawtooth form.[14] It forms part of the mixed-use development Plaza Carso which also includes the Teatro Cervantes which holds 1500; the Museo Soumaya; a shopping mall with Saks Fifth Avenue and more. In five floors, its 17,000 square feet of gallery space includes sky-lighted rooms for the permanent collection at the top and special exhibitions one level down.[17] The centerpiece of the building's interior is a circulation stairwell of polished concrete walls lined in steel panels painted matte black.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Iván Castaño, Art-Collecting Mexican Juice Scion Casts Eye On Homegrown Artists, Forbes 
  2. ^ Holland Cotter (February 19, 2014), A Mexican Showcase for Ambition New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Reed Johnson (June 18, 2006), A patron with all the juice Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Colin Gleadell (April 11, 2005), Art sales: Burning to collect Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ [1] The Art Newspaper, November 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Holland Cotter (February 19, 2014), A Mexican Showcase for Ambition New York Times.
  7. ^ Christopher Knight (December 1, 2013), Review: Museo Júmex in Mexico City is an impressive filter Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Sarah P. Hanson, (November 18, 2013), Collector Extraordinaire Eugenio López on Launching His Museo Jumex Art+Auction.
  9. ^ Deborah Bonello (June 10, 2009), Coleccion Jumex moves closer to Mexico City action Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Holland Cotter (February 19, 2014), A Mexican Showcase for Ambition New York Times.
  11. ^ Holland Cotter (February 19, 2014), A Mexican Showcase for Ambition New York Times.
  12. ^ Leticia Sánchez Medel (2013-09-18), El Museo Júmex abrirá el próximo 19 de noviembre [Júmex Museum will open next November 19], Milenio (in Spanish) 
  13. ^ Holland Cotter (February 19, 2014), A Mexican Showcase for Ambition New York Times.
  14. ^ a b Raul Barreneche, Leslie Camhi, Peter Webster (2013-10-10), Hot Tickets: Fall 2013 Museum News, Travel and Leisure 
  15. ^ Gareth Harris (April 23, 2013), New kid on Mexico City’s millionaire row The Art Newspaper.
  16. ^ Richard Fausset (November 19, 2013), Mexico City's Museo Jumex explores art's modern edge Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ Christopher Knight (December 1, 2013), Review: Museo Jumex in Mexico City is an impressive filter Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ Christopher Knight (November 19, 2013), Mexico City's Museo Jumex to open with inviting attention to detail Los Angeles Times.

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