Itinerary: Your Mexico Maco Art Guide

Mexico City: An International Destination for Contemporary Art

Mexico City has become the latest focus of the international art world with many art collectors, curators and aficionados planning trips there later this month for the Zona Maco (Mexico Arte Contemporaneo) Art Fair from April 18-22.

Featuring more than 90 galleries from all around the world, Maco will present work from more than 900 artists. “There is no doubt that Mexico City has blossomed as a top art world destination,” says art advisor Esthella Provas. “The city will become a Mecca for art lovers from all over the world with the opening of Zona Maco Art Fair, the most important art fair in Latin America.” In addition to museum and private collection viewings, a highlight of the fair will be a visit to Fundación/Colección Jumex, the largest contemporary art collection in Latin America, with an inaugural exhibition Poulé! curated by Michel Blancsubé. But it’s not just all art and business, says Provas, “After the fair closes every night, there are events, parties, and festive openings where tequila never fails and the local people embrace their visitors.”

Not only is Mexico City a highlight on the global art fair circuit, it offers a unique and highly active art scene supported by museums, established galleries and new, experimental galleries championing emerging international artists. “Mexico City’s proximity to Los Angeles and the many artists who have, at some point, called both of these cities their home and who continue to travel back and forth, have made DF one of the most exciting contemporary art centers to visit right now,” says LA><ART associate director and senior curator Cesar Garcia of Mexico City or DF—short for Distrito Federal.

“Museum’s like UNAM’s MuAC is creating an international program under the vision of Chief Curator Maria Ines Rodrigues, formerly the Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Leon and Castilla in Spain, while the Tamayo Museum under the visionary leadership of Director Carmen Cuenca is in the middle of an expansion that will nearly double the size of exhibition space at this prominent institution,” continues Garcia. “With these hubs of international exchange, collectors and patrons are being drawn to Mexico to see for themselves the rapid growth in the contemporary art scene. Established galleries like Kurimanzutto continue to cultivate the art market while young galleries like Labor, Proyectos Monclova and Gaga are fostering a younger generation of collectors and supporters of the arts.”

If you’re in town for the fair, here is a day-by-day itinerary of what to see while you’re there.


7pm: Galería Labor | Opening of Pedro Reyes’ exhibition Rompecabezas

Also focused on public programming, this engaging contemporary art gallery provides more than just art viewing—expect everything from workshops and film screenings to reading books at its open library, in addition to its world-class exhibitions.

Gral. Francisco Ramírez 5, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11850 T. 5515 2856 |

9pm: Archivo, Diseño y Arquitectura | Opening Event

Formerly the Museum of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (MADU), this new iteration is a highly experimental art space that promises to bring much to the DF art scene.

In terms of the Mexican context, through functioning as a pioneering space for encountering, exchanging and debating in the national contemporary design scene, our vision is aimed at establishing the archivo as a precedent. Equally, on the short term, Archivo, Diseño y Arquitectura will endeavor to position the Archivo as a laboratory and cornerstone for those looking to produce, dialogue and research design within Latin America.

Gral. Francisco Ramírez 4, Col. Ampliación Daniel Garza, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11840 T. 2335 2292 |

Also visit: Galería de Arte Mexicano | Exhibition by Jorge Yazpik

Founded in 1935, this was the first gallery established in Mexico City. With a long heritage of showcasing Mexican modern artists like Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Frida Kahlo, it continues to highlight the work of Mexican artists.

G. Rafael Rebollar 43, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11850 T. 5272 5529 |

Proyectos Monclova | Exhibition by Tania Pérez Córdoba

Proyectos Monclova, founded by José García and Alejandro Romero, presents engaging exhibitions of contemporary art.

Gral. Antonio León 31, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11850 T. 4754 3546 |

Galerie Jan Mot | Exhibition by Dominique González-Foerster, Joachim Koester and Jonathan Monk

This is the second location of the Brussels-based, conceptual art gallery.

Gobernador José Ceballos 10, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11850 T. 6265 2064 |

*By appointment directly with the gallery.


7pm: Galería OMR | Opening of exhibition by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Focused on contemporary art created by artists from around the world, OMR provides a platform for mid-career and emerging artists.

Plaza Río de Janeiro 54, Roma, Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06700. T. 5511 1179 |

8pm: Fifty24MX | Opening of exhibition A violent life

Representing artists whose primary medium is drawing, the gallery displays a spectrum of styles, which reflects the vast landscape of contemporary drawing.

Colima 159, Roma, Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06700. T. 5256 1444 |

Also visit: Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo | Exhibition by Moris

Founded in 2006, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo works with emerging artists from Mexico and Latin America with areas of interest in painting, video, sculpture, photography and installation.

Plaza Río de Janeiro 53 PB, Roma, Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06700. T. 5511 7965 | www.arroniz‐

Gaga | Exhibition by Antek Walczak

The current exhibition of recent solo work from Antek Walzcak of Bernadette Corporation features highly graphic pieces, including everything from dissected words to Britney Spears.

Durango 204, Roma, Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06700. T. 5525 1435 |

Toca Galería | Exhibition by Javier Arean

Initially beginning in 2005 with a focus on Latin American art, the gallery has expanded to include a roster of both internationally established and emerging contemporary artists.

Colima 174, Roma, Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06700. T. 5525 7614 |


1pm: Zona Maco Preview

Centro Banamex Av. Conscripto 311, Sala D, Lomas de Sotelo, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11200

T. 5268 2000|

5-10pm: Zona Maco Offical Opening
Centro Banamex Av. Conscripto 311, Sala D, Lomas de Sotelo, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11200

T. 5268 2000|


1-9pm Zona Maco

Centro Banamex Av. Conscripto 311, Sala D, Lomas de Sotelo, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11200

T. 5268 2000|

Also visit: Fundación/Colección Jumex | Poule!, curated by Michel Blancsubé

The collection of Eugenio Lopez, housed in a massive former Jumex juice factory (hence the name), contains works from the 1970s forward with an emphasis on artists from Mexico and Latin America.

Vía Morelos 272, Sta. Ma. Tulpetlac, Ecatepec, C.P. 55400 T. 5775 8188|


1-9pm: Zona Maco

Centro Banamex Av. Conscripto 311, Sala D, Lomas de Sotelo, Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11200

T. 5268 2000|

6pm: Colección Blaisten | Opening fo Dr. Atl: Masterpieces

The Blaisten Collection is a impressive—and extensive—collection of Mexican art ranging from traditional painting to modernism and contemporary art.

Ricardo Flores Magón 1, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Nonoalco-Tlatelolco, C.P. 06995 T. 0101 7389 |

Also visit: Museo Anahuacalli | Exhibition by Sarah Lucas

A stunning building designed by the muralist Diego Rivera and built from black volcano rock, this museum houses the more than 50,000 pre-Hispanic pieces Rivera himself collected throughout his lifetime in addition to presenting new work from living artists.

Museo 150, San Pablo Tepetlapa, Coyoacán, C.P. 04620. T. 5617 4310  |


1-9pm: Zona Maco

Centro Banamex Av. Conscripto 311, Sala D, Lomas de Sotelo, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México. C.P. 11200. T. 5268 2000

Also visit: Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil | genéricacolecciónmacg

Doubling as a museum for the collection of Dr. Álvar Carrillo Gil, who began his collection by purchasing a José Clemente Orozco drawing titled La Chole (1913-15), and as a site for young artists to research and experiment, the building has become known for architecture—both inside and out.

Av. Revolución 1608, San Ángel, Álvaro Obregón, C.P. 01000 T. 5550 6260 |

Casa Prieto (Luis Barragán)

Designed by renowned Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragán, Case Prieto López is an example of his enduring, clean-lined style.

Avenida de las Fuentes 130, Jardines del Pedregal de San Ángel, Álvaro Obregón, C.P. 01900


6-8pm: Preview exhibition of Time Traveler by L.A.-based artist RETNA

This site-specific project will position urban art in idyllic Careyes, engaging the idea that RETNA’s painting transcends time and space, creating a global visual language.

Art Careyes Gallery | Plaza Caballeros del Sol, Pueblo, Careyes

by Alexis M. Johnson


#1 Centro Banamex

#2 Joachim Koester, “Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes,” 2011.
Production Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes.

#3 Erica Il Cane, “Un Grande Classico,” Ink on Paper, 2011. Courtesy Fifty24MX Gallery.

#4 Julia Masvernat, “Una acumulación que se transforma en imagen,” Collage, 2011. Courtesy Arte713.

#5 Anne Collier, “Woman with a Camera,” Photographed Film Still, 2009. Courtesy Fundación Colección Jumex.

#6 Germán Cueto, Máscara I, 1924, Cartón pintado. Courtesy of Colección Blaisten.

#7 León Ferrari, Apocalipsis, collage, 1988, Fotocopia en papel opalina de 220 g, Courtesy of Colección MACG