The Colección Jumex has works by Damien Hirst Andy Warhol, Gabriel Orozco, Cy Twombly, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky, Darren Almond, Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Martin Kippenberger, Bruce Nauman and Francis Alÿs.
Over the 1990s, Eugenio López Alonso spent his time studying the contemporary art while also traveling and researching how to put together a collection that would encourage the development of the work of artists of his generation in Mexico.
Buying pieces by local and foreign artists while further broadening his scope and focus as a collector, López conceived the "Fundación Jumex" with a team of art professionals in order to promote contemporary art through programs that involved collecting, education, research and the funding of artists and museums.
The "Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo "was formally established on March 3, 2001 (with the invaluable support of Mr. Eugenio López Rodea and Mrs. Isabel Alonso de López). López’s collection was exhibited publicly for the first time at the Galería Jumex: a 15 000 square-foot space designed by Gerardo García on the premises of the Grupo Jumex juice plant in Ecatepec. Though one sector of the art community was surprised by the gallery’s location in an industrial area on the outskirts of Mexico City, López and his team were convinced that this space for experimentation would further aid the development of contemporary art in Mexico.
The collection's first building, a 15,000-square-foot white cube, 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 Jumex has attracted scant traffic.
The space also served as headquarters for the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, which sponsors education initiatives and distributes art grants.
The Museo Jumex in Mexico City, was opened on 19 November 2013. It is an institution devoted to contemporary art, whose aim was not only to serve a broad and diverse public, but also to become a laboratory for experimentation and innovation in the arts. > Carlos Slim Helú sold Lopez the land that the Museo Jumex is on.
- Iván Castaño, "Art-Collecting Mexican Juice Scion Casts Eye On Homegrown Artists", Forbes
- Deborah Bonello (June 10, 2009), Coleccion Jumex moves closer to Mexico City action Los Angeles Times.
- Holland Cotter (February 19, 2014), A Mexican Showcase for Ambition New York Times.
- Raul Barreneche; Leslie Camhi; Peter Webster (2013-10-10), "Hot Tickets: Fall 2013 Museum News", Travel and Leisure