Mexico: Expected/Unexpected brings together works by prominent personalities from Mexico’s contemporary art scene such as Francis Alÿs, Melanie Smith, Gabriel Orozco, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Damian Ortega.
The exhibition is articulated around two axes: the global dynamic that feeds contemporary art and contemporary art produced in Mexico. Some of the works establish plastics approaches by a set of typological analogies between paintings, sculptures, videos and installations that evoke the idea of ”Mexican-ness” through certain subjects: death, the relation between city and nature, poetics crafts and uncertainties of everyday life. Other iconographic correspondences suggest contradictory notions of nationalism and communal identity.
Broadly, Mexico: Expected / Unexpected shows an image of contemporary Mexican art away from stereotypes, showing it as dynamic and evolving, with a multiple, complex and unpredictable image in which tradition and innovation constantly cross.
- Curators: Carlos Basualdo and Monica Amor
- La Maison Rouge de París
26/10/2008 – 18/01/2009
- TEA,Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
10/07/2009 – 12/10/2009
- Stedelijk Museum Schiedam en los Países Bajos
7/11/2009 – 31/01/2010
- B.P.S.22, Espacio de Creación Contemporánea, en Charleroi, Bélgica
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego en La Jolla
- Museum of Latin American Art de Long Beach
- American University Museum en el Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C