kurimanzutto @ galerie chantal crousel
The kurimanzutto gallery was founded on August 21st, 1999 in Mexico City by Mónica Manzutto, José Kuri and Gabriel Orozco with 13 artists to collaborate and represent their work:
Minerva Cuevas, Eduardo Abaroa, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Damián Ortega, Philippe Hernandez, Gabriel Kuri, Sofía Táboas, Jonathan Hernández, Fernando Ortega, Alejandro Carrasco, Luis Felipe Ortega, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Daniel Guzmán. From ages 25 to 38 they all come from very different backgrounds (cartoonist, tattooist, tennis player or art student) and they all go in very different directions (terrorist, teacher, or whatever). Currently they are all sharing a common energy that happens in an everyday basis and has provoked, as a natural result, the formation of this “enterprise”. Collaborations between them have already created some publications, workshops, exhibitions, tournaments, travels and a few great parties.
These “people” work in a type of “language” that has not been easy to incorporate in the structure of the galleries already existing in Mexico. Kurimanzutto responds to the artists’ necessities. Kurimanzutto does not have a fixed space, and at each event or exhibition the gallery helps the individual artist or the group to find the specific location and situation for each project.
The inaugural project, Economía de Mercado, was a one-day event in a rented stand at a typical fruit and product market in Mexico City, in which each of the artists produced a piece especially for the occasion and the sale prices were at the level of the regular fruits and products around. The second project was a party that took place in what used to be a carpet store. Every artist delivered her/his personal living room into the greater space, creating a cumulus of micro-ambiences. The third project, Permanencia Voluntaria, was held in small movie theater where the artists’ films and videos were projected during three days. The fourth project could be called “a gallery within a gallery”. Invited by Gabriel Orozco, Chantal Crousel came to Mexico and met the kurimanzutto artists. A joined project was agreed upon and the possibility of future collaborations.
In this experiment we are crossing the boundaries between the international and local, the individual and collective work, the dealer and the partner, the artist-curator and promoter, and the artists producing art objects that travel differently through the spaces in contemporary market life.