inauguración del nuevo espacio
The opening of this venue is the manifestation of the necessity to concentrate our history and energy in one space, which would be a place of encounter, research and development of projects.
An old timber yard, built in 1949 and located in Rafael Rebollar 94 in Mexico City, restored by the Mexican architect Alberto Kalach, is the site that will house the offices, exhibition area and storeroom, from November 29, 2008.
After nine years of the opening of Economía de mercado/Market Economy (an event that lasted one day and joined the group of artists with which the gallery started for the first time), kurimanzutto’s inaugural project to begin this new cycle is a twenty-two voices dialogue, among Abraham Cruzvillegas, Carlos Amorales, Damián Ortega, Daniel Guzmán, Dr. Lakra, Eduardo Abaroa, Fernando Ortega, Gabriel Kuri, Gabriel Orozco, Jimmie Durham, Jonathan Hernández, Miguel Calderón, Minerva Cuevas, Monika Sosnowska, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Sofía Táboas, including six guest artists too: Cezary Bodzianowski, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Pawel Althamer, Thomas Hirschhorn and Wilhelm Sasnal.
For this exhibition we have decided to evoke the testimony of an incidental – yet fundamental – protagonist: the bookshelf living in almost any artist’s studio. This piece of furniture is confidant and witness of the working processes of its owner, neatly reflecting his/her interests, obsessions, references, and current ideas. In them, materials, objects, personal effects, books, and information become accumulated. Moreover, they allocate fragments of works, awaiting pieces or pieces in progress, finished works and, some times, failed works too. The shelf is equally storeroom, shelter and plinth. It is deposit of resting matter with infinite potential.
Around thirty industrial shelves have been disposed throughout the main plant of the gallery, conforming a grid over which an organized cosmos might unfold. The distribution of each one of the sections in the shelves has been trusted to chance, and will be occupied by a different artist. The most unexpected associations can be anticipated given that –even if the individual contributions are the raw material of the show– the exhibition will articulate as a collective experiment.