kurimanzutto 20 years
We celebrate this moment with the talisman of the work, vision, friendship and complicity of the artists who have inspired and guided us through this journey. It is to them that we exist.
We are grateful to the curators, writers, institutions, collectors, friends and colleagues for sharing their knowledge and having their support since the very begining.
We are fortunate to have the dream team in the gallery.
–Monica Manzutto & José Kuri
kurimanzutto was originally conceived by Gabriel Orozco in the late 1990s and was founded by Mónica Manzutto and José Kuri and a group of 13 artists. They imagined a gallery that could exist nomadically, adapting its form to the spaces needed by specific projects placing the artists at the center of their objectives. On august 21st, 1999 they organized their opening exhibition, lasting one day, at the Mercado de Medellín in Mexico City.
Economía de mercado, the inaugural exhibition, opened on August 21st in the Medellin market and was on view for only one day in a rented stand. The artists created works made with the same materials found at the market and sold at locally set, competitive prices.
· La sala del artista was presented in a carpet shop in the Condesa neighborhood, where the artists took their own living rooms for the exhibition, making an ironic commentary on the 'Salon des Artistes'.
· Permanencia Voluntaria was a selection of videos that were presented on April 27th, 28th and 29th at Cinemanía Plaza Loreto.
· Gabriel Orozco invites Galerie Chantal Crousel, kurimanzutto gallery, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris.
· Barfly United Tour by Philippe Hernández was the celebration of the 1st anniversary of the gallery. It consisted in a tour of his favorite local cantinas in downtown Mexico City.
· S.V.P. de Jonathan Hernández was shown in the apartment of Mónica and José in the Condesa buildings.
· hijo de tu puta madre (ya se quien eres, te he estado observando) by Daniel Guzmán was exhibited from May 3rd to June 15th at Alfonso Reyes 194 in Colonia Condesa.
· Traveling without moving by Jonathan Hernández was an exhibition of photographs that was presented at the International Airport of Mexico City.
· Dodgem by Minerva Cuevas was presented from May 2nd to June 15th at a local fun fair on Revolución Avenue and Mixcoac Avenue, where people could ride nine bumper cars intervened with the logos of major petrol companies.
· Sleeping on the Roof by Daniel Guzmán was exhibited during the month of November in the artist's room in a tenement located on Carlos B. Zetina Street 127, Colonia Escandón in Mexico City.
· por favor gracias de nada by Gabriel Kuri, and in collaboration with Liam Gillick, was presented in April in a carpet shop at Amsterdam Street 288b, in Condesa neighborhood.
· Elephant Juice (Sexo entre amigos) was shown on December 14th at Los Manantiales restaurant in Xochimilco, and was a project by Damián Ortega. Twenty artists participated inside a spiral structure installed in the hyperbolic paraboloid building by Félix Candela.
· Il Cotidiano alterato 50th Venice Biennale.
Gabriel Orozco was invited as the guest curator for a section of the Arsenale, where he established a series of rules for exhibiting works: no photographs or videos, no hanging on the walls and no pedestals. He invited Abraham Cruzvillegas, Damián Ortega, Daniel Guzmán, Fernando Ortega, Jean Luc Moulene and Jimmie Durham to participate.
· Moby Dick by Damián Ortega presented a performance with live music and a VW beetle on the third level of the parking lot of a supermarket in the city.
· Quince rechinidos menos by Fernando Ortega was exhibited from October 11th to November 12th. Three works in dialogue dealt with the cracks and squeaks produced when walking on the gallery‘s office wooden floor at the apartment in the Condesa building.
· Giro espacial by Sofía Táboas was exhibited from October 5th to October 16th in the street of Uruguay 52, in Mexico City's Downtown.
· Monika Sosnowska exhibited from October 10th to December 16th at the Office for Art Projects (OPA) in Guadalajara.
This year, a warehouse on Juan de la Barrera in the Condesa neighborhood was rented to serve as a temporary exhibition venue, artists' workshop and a warehouse for the gallery.
· Miguel Calderón presented his first exhibition at kurimanzutto from March 17th to April 30th.
· Daniel Guzmán presented Lost & Found from September 29th to November 4th at the Juan de la Barrera warehouse.
· The exotic journey ends was a group exhibition presented from October 21st to November 20th in Foksal Gallery Foundation, Varsovia. Artists from both galleries participated in the project.
· Solsticio de Otoño by Eduardo Abaroa was a performance on the roof of the Fiesta Americana Hotel on Reforma Avenue, with the documentation later shown across the city at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros.
During this year, three exhibitions were presented at the warehouse on Juan de la Barrera street:
· Reforma Fiscal 2007 by Gabriel Kuri from February 22nd to March 25th.
· La búsqueda del ombligo by Daniel Guzmán from September 7th to October 6th.
· La venganza del elefante by Minerva Cuevas from November 23rd 2007 to February 2nd 2008.
· Recital de piano by Fernando Ortega was exhibited in January at Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola.
· Poor Turning by Thomas Hirschhorn was exhibited from March 14th to April 17th in the warehouse at Juan de la Barrera.
· Palm Pavilion by Rirkrit Tiravanija was presented from September 5th to October 5th in the warehouse at Juan de la Barrera.
· On November 29th, 2008 kurimanzutto opened its permanent exhibition space at Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94 in San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood.
· Gabriel Orozco presented his first exhibition in kurimanzutto's new space from April 29th to June 13th. He intervened the remnants of desert plants using golden leaf, plaster, graphite, wooden structures, and volcanic rocks. These elements gathered in the gallery produced a re-constructed and re-composed landscape.
· Daniel Guzman's project My Generation was exhibited from July 1st to September 5th. It included historical works by José Clemente Orozco, Vlady, Otto Dix, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Philip Guston, Paul McCarthy, Julio Ruelas, José Luis Sánchez Rull, Roberto Turnbull, Germán Venegas and Mariano Villalobos.
· Dr. Lakra exhibited from September 23rd to October 24th. In this exhibition, the gallery's visual field was saturated by innumerable stylistic references mixed to conform an absolute image.
· Obsidiana by Jimmie Durham was on view from November 11th, 2009 to February 6th, 2010. For this project, Jimmie Durham immersed himself in a process of knowledge of the Mexican stone: its natural state and characteristics. and the possible ways to transform it.
· S-COOP by Minerva Cuevas opened on February 6th in kurimanzutto. This project recovers the story of social activism in the East End of London by exhibiting a collection of tokens of different cooperatives that originated in the United Kingdom.
· El estudio por la ventana by Carlos Amorales was on view from March 3rd to May 1st in kurimanzutto. The exhibition was a 1:1 scale of the artist's studio inserted in the gallery space.
· Autoconstrucción (theatre production) a project by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Antonio Castro and Antonio Fernández Ros was presented from May 21st to June 26th at kurimanzutto along with four actors, six musicians and other proposals from artists such as: Eduardo Abaroa, Allora & Calzadilla, Luz María Bedoya, Roderick Buchanan, Alessandro Ceresoli, Minerva Cuevas, Kate Davis, Dr. Lakra, Daniel Guzmán, Jonathan Hernández, Anna Jermolaewa, Hassan Khan, Gabriel Kuri, Michael Marriott, Jimena Mendoza, Roman Ondak, Gabriel Orozco, Damián Ortega y Frances Priest.
· Panamericana was on view from July 14th to September 11th at kurimanzutto. Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Latin American independences and the political concept of Pan-Americanism, Panamericana brought together a group of emerging artists from all over Latin America. A project by Jens Hoffmann.
· Naturaleza muerta by Jonathan Hernández and guest artist Pablo Sigg was on view from September 28th to October 30th at kurimanzutto. The exhibition was the result of a dialogue between Jonathan Hernández and Pablo Sigg based on a back-and-forth exchange of ideas, affinities and differences.
· Allora & Calzadilla exhibited from November 19th, 2010 to January 29th, 2011 Compass, a sculptural intervention that explored the threshold between sound, performance, drawing and sculpture.
· Anri Sala exhibited for the first time at kurimanzutto from February 22nd to March 19th. Sala imagined the exhibition as an intersection of echoes that became a dynamic concept.
· Damián Ortega exhibited for the first time in kurimanzutto from April 12th to May 14th. His show put into "operation" the recognition of ordinary forms and objects that are nonetheless obviously specific to a place and that originate in his constant travel between cities.
· Wilhelm Sasnal's exhibition was on view from May 24th to July 16th in kurimanzutto, which was the first painting show ever in the history of the gallery.
· Distant Star/Estrella Distante was a group exhibition organized by Regen Projects and kurimanzutto based on the writings of Roberto Bolaño.
Artists: Carlos Amorales, Carl Andre, Wallace Berman, Alighiero e Boetti, Martin Boyce, Miguel Calderón, Alejandro Cesarco, Bruce Conner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jimmie Durham, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Daniel Guzmán, Rachel Harrison, Jonathan Hernández, Thomas Hirschhorn, Alfredo Jaar, Glenn Ligon, Cildo Meireles, Ana Mendieta, Ree Morton, Catherine Opie, Damián Ortega, Raymond Pettibon, Amalia Pica, Jack Pierson, Lari Pittman, Sigmar Polke, Carla Rippey, Anri Sala, David Salle, Mira Schendel, Patti Smith, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Armando Andrade Tudela, Lawrence Weiner and Akram Zaatari.
· El Jardín by Monika Sosnowska was on view from November 15, 2011 to January 14, 2012 at kurimanzutto, an installation within the gallery’s space, in which steel and wood were employed for the creation of sculptures.
· Nuestra imagen actual: autorretratos recientes by Abraham Cruzvillegas was on view from January 31st to February 25th. The show was composed by a selection of three by four meter drawings made employing a broom as if it were a paintbrush, and using black acrylic paint over Kraft paper painted white treated with water-based varnish.
· Destrucción total del Museo de Antropología by Eduardo Abaroa was exhibited in March at kurimanzutto. Abaroa showed the contrast between the institution's magnificence, against the poverty and abandonment of the cultural practices the State claims to defend.
· Nuds by Sarah Lucas was presented from April 21st to July 8th at the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, en exhibition that reflected the artist's experience in Mexico.
· 2012 by Gabriel Kuri was presented from April 24th to June 16th in kurimanzutto and consisted of a heterogeneous crafting group of sculptures.
· En todo y en todas partes, a project by Andrzej Przywara, was presented from July 3rd to August 18th in kurimanzutto, where artists Babette Mangolte, Edward Krasinski, KarlaBlack Marieta Chirulescu and Susanne M. Winterling also participated.
· Untitled, 2012, (All those years at No.17E London Terrace) by Rirkrit Tiravanija was presented from September 25th to November 3rd, with a performance and presentation by Arto Lindsay at kurimanzutto.
· U.F.O. - Naut JK (Július Koller) by Rirkrit Tiravanija was presented from November 13th to December 15th in kurimanzutto. For this occasion, Tiravanija opted to reactivate some of the most significant work of Július Koller.
· Fernando Ortega exhibited from January 22nd to February 16th at kurimanzutto. For this exhibition he brought together a series of works assembled from the observation and study of music.
· Varios y diversos by Jimmie Durham was presented from February 22nd to March 23rd at kurimanzutto. The exhibition was planned by Durham from his hospital bed and the scenography replicates a medical landscape. Also on view were every curtain works made between 1970 and 2013.
· Gabriel Orozco exhibited from April 16th to June 15th with an exhibition that featured a body of river rocks, something that nature prepared over many, many years and that Orozco later intervened.
· The End of Time by Akram Zaatari was presented from June 28th to September 13th at kurimanzutto. The exhibition presented works which, informed by his ongoing research on vernacular Middle Eastern photography, explore aspects of representation, identity, intimacy, and desire
· Log Dog, the first solo exhibition by Danh Vo at the gallery, was presented from September 27th to November 2nd at kurimanzutto. Vō references his own personal history in his art while simultaneously raising larger concerns about Western colonization and the radically arbitrary nature of identity. One of the works presented was "Last Letter of Saint Théophane Venard to his father before he was decapitated" , copied by Phung Vō, the artist's father.
· Marieta Chirulescu and Gabriel Sierra exhibited at the gallery from November 12 to December 14.
· Los teatros de Saturno by Adrián Villar Rojas was exhibited from February 5th to March 26th and it consumed not only the long central gallery space, but expanded to inhabit other spaces in the building, reflecting the abundant nature of his working process.
· Fireworks by Apichatpong Weerasethakul was presented from May 20th to June 14th at kurimanzutto. This project explores Thailand’s political situation through the use of pyrotechnics.
· Vista de ojos by Mariana Castillo Deball was presented from June 1st to September 6th as a result of a extensive research process where she tried to initiate a dialogue with institutions and museums beyond contemporary art.
· Untitled 2014 (todos juntos) by Rirkrit Tiravanija was presented September 11th at kurimanzutto as a culinary installation focused on real-time experience and exchange, breaking down the barriers between object and spectator.
· Signature by Roman Ondak was presented from September 19th to November 1st at kurimanzutto. The installation reconfigured an old Remington typewriter belonging to the artist’s family that was rediscovered by Ondak, who then took it apart piece by piece and reinstalled it within the gallery.
· The Reverse Sessions by Tarek Atoui was a project articulated in three stages, the last of which was unveiled at kurimanzutto from November 8th to December 13th.
· Gold is a performance by Alexandra Bachzetsis where she explores the proverbial gold standard of the libidinal economy that buttresses contemporary visual culture - the erotocized, empowered female body.
· El Esplendor Geométrico (Geometric Splendor) by Carlos Amorales was presented from February 10th to March 14th at kurimanzutto. The exhibition was formed by a series of twelve collages that incorporated color for the first time into his work.
· Death Never Takes a Vacation by Daniel Guzmán was presented from March 24th to May 9th and it featured featured more than 100 drawings from the series "Chromosome Damage."
· Monomito by Dr. Lakra was presented from June 8th to September 5th at kurimanzutto. In this exhibition, Dr. Lakra examined the ideological content of everyday objects.
· Feast and Famine by Minerva Cuevas was presented from September 22nd to October 24th as an installation where the artist used cacao as a material to reveal the colonial processes inherent in global trade and commerce.
· Unidades y continuidades a project by Gabriel Kuri, was presented from November 5th, 2015 to January 9th, 2016 at kurimanzutto. It brought together works by John Divola, Lee Ufan, Stanley Brouwn and David Medalla
· Chris Sharp made a series of exhibitions in kurimanzutto from end of 2015 to 2016. In these series of projects he focused in a new generation of emerging artists working in Mexico.
1 · ¿Por qué no fui tu amigo? by Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba was presented from September 22nd to October 24th, 2015.
2 · scala, polis, taut, axis mundi (Constellation 1.2) by Isabel Nuño de Buen from November 5th, 2015 to January 9th, 2016.
3 · Todo bosque locamente enamorado de la luna tiene una autopista que lo cruza de un lado a otro by Rodrigo Hernández from February 6th to March 17th, 2016.
4 · konstelovat de Jimena Mendoza from April 7th to May 7th, 2016.
5 · kriziz de ektor garcia from November 12th to December 17th, 2016.
· Sonora 128 was a project on a publicity billboard that invited eight artists to present in-situ large scale works. Each project lasted three months and was coupled with performances, talks, concerts, exhibitions and other parallel events across the city.
1. Wolfgang Tillmans, ¿donde estamos?
2. Antonio Caro, Achiote
3. Nobuyoshi Araki, qARADISE
4. Daido Moriyama, Lips
5. Minerva Cuevas, Paro General
6. Etel Adnan, The New Sun of the Aztecs
7. Patti Smith, Sesiones del Café La Habana
8. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled", 1995
· XYLAÑYNU. Taller de los viernes was on view from February 6th to March 17th at kurimanzutto. Taking the "Taller de los Viernes" (The Friday Workshop) (1987-1992) as a point of departure, Guillermo Santamarina brought together Abraham Cruzvillegas, Damián Ortega, Dr. Lakra, Gabriel Kuri and Gabriel Orozco in order to conduct a new exercise in creative thinking.
· Performative Ellipses by Allora & Calzadilla was an exhibition and performance that took place from April 7th to May 7th. Ónix Ensamble performed a musical score by David Lang.
· You can't make a revolution with silk gloves by Wilfredo Prieto was presented from May 28th to August 27th in the gallery as a series of small interventions both inside and outside the exhibition space.
· Asset Forfeiture by Jonathan Hernández was shown from September 22nd to October 29th at kurimanzutto. Over the course of two years, the artist attended public auctions in Mexico, acquiring a series of assets that had been seized from organized crime by the authorities. His acquisitions then became the primary material for the realization of the works on display.
· Pale Fire by Marieta Chirulescu was shown from November 12th to December 17th in Mexico City. Chirulescu presented works which cultivated an ambiguity between painting and print that has become characteristic in her practice.
OROXXO by Gabriel Orozco was on view from February 8 to March 16.
30 exhibition days
300 labeled products
3,000 limited edition products for potential sale
6,000 convenience products in the OROXXO shop
30,000 dollars, the price of an object from edition 1/10
11 stolen objects
9,000 visitors to the OROXXO in 30 days
34,500 Google searches for the neologism OROXXO since the inauguration
18,892,489 views of YouTube videos about OROXXO.
· Caída libre by Miguel Calderón was presented from January 26th to February 25th at a warehouse on General Manuel F. Loera 42. The film work explored the link between man and nature through a real life character, a falconer known as Chameleon.
· Ornament and Abstraction by Haegue Yang was presented from April 1st to May 6th. Through murals, sculptures and installations the artist tells a story, but one that is implied as a possible interpretation of forms that do not actively depend on it.
· Wall by Monika Sosnowska was shown from May 20th to July 29th. Dividing the gallery in two halves was a large wall conceived by the artist as a pivotal instrument within the exhibition.
· All of a Tremble by Anri Sala was on view from September 28th to October 28th. Two large-scale drawings interpret the encounter between two vintage wallpaper designs and the melodic strokes that constitute its formal composition.
· Never Free to Rest, a group show presenting works by Charles Gaines, Julie Mehretu, Kara Walker, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Mark Bradford and Rodney Mcmillian was on view from November 11th to December 16th at the gallery.
· Maintainers, the first solo exhibition by Nairy Baghramian at the gallery, was on view from February 10th to March 3rd. Each work consisted of three interdependent elements – raw aluminium casts, colored wax forms and lacquer painted braces.
· DAME ZERO, the first solo exhibition by Sarah Lucas at kurimanzutto was on view from March 17th to May 5th. In the work Lucas made notable references to her relationship with Mexican culture during her many visits to the country.
· kurimanzutto took part in CONDO Mexico City showing a project by White Columns, New York, from April 14th to May 12th, that included works by Christopher Knowles, Dale Jackson and Kim Gordon.
· Dr. Lakra + mezcal Los dos amigos was on view from June 2nd to August 4th, a project by Dr Lakra in collaboration with Abraham Cruzvillegas. The two-person exhibition showed a selection of Indian-ink drawings on paper. These drawings are based on the Japanese tradition of Sumi-e.
· Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow, a major exhibition focusing on the work of three founding artists David Medalla, GustvaMetzger and MarcelloSalvadori, as well as Lygia Clark, Jesús RafaelSoto, Mira Schendel and Li Yuan Chia, was presented at Thomas Dane Gallery in London from June 8th to July 21st.
· Chairs of México by architect and designer Oscar Hagerman was shown from August 18th to September 8th. The exhibition was composed of a selection of five chair designs with eight different variants
· Ya no, todavía no (no longer, not yet) by Iñaki Bonillas was on view from September 20th to October 18th, and the exhibition explored the artisanal production of a book.
· Roni Horn presented her first solo exhibition in Mexico from October 27th, 2018 to January 19th, 2019. The exhibition was a substantial selection of some of Horn's most emblematic works and series.