Must-See Art Guide: Mexico City

This week's guide features Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nairy Bagramian, John Baldessari, and more.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (1995). Courtesy of Sonora 128.

This week marks the 15th edition of ZONAMACO, the premiere contemporary art fair of Mexico. This year, the fair gathers 170 international dealers and a staggering 60,000 visitors to take a gander at the wares of such galleries as Bortolami, David Zwirner, and Marian Goodman Gallery, to name a few. Crowded booths don’t sound like your thing? In that case, use our guide to hit the streets and find out what local exhibitions have to offer.

Start off strong by visiting kurimanzutto, and take in the solo show of German artist Nairy Baghramian. In her Maintainers series, the sculptor has created a variety of discreet cuboid objects that imply a utilitarian function, but one that remains elusive—go see them in person to see if you can suss it out. Another stand-out is “Mothers of Men,” a three-artist group show at GAGA featuring the killer line-up of Moyra Davey, R.H. Quaytman, and Vivian Suter. Then, check out Museo Jumex’s charmingly titled “Learning to Read with John Baldessari.” This major retrospective includes over 80 works and spans the Californian artist’s entire career, and so fans of his work cannot afford to miss out.

Whatever you do, as you move from venue to venue, be sure keep an eye out for six poetic Felix Gonzalez-Torres billboards scattered throughout the city. They appear when you least expect it, and are a welcome breath of fresh air amid the hubbub of one of the largest cities in the world. Just as the artist intended, I suspect.

Find artnet’s full list of picks below, and happy art hunting.


Exhibition:Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Untitled
January–Feburary, 2018
Sonora 128, six locations, Mexico City, Mexico


Nairy Bagramian, Maintainers (2017). Courtesy of kurimanzutto.

Exhibition:Nairy Baghramian: Maintainers
February 10–March 3, 2018
kurimanzutto, Gob. Rafael Rebollar 94, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico

Pedro Reyes. Courtesy of LABOR.

Exhibition:Pedro Reyes: Música para litófonos
February 3–March 31, 2018
LABOR, Francisco Ramírez 5, Col. Daniel Garza

Gabriel de la Mora, Pomona 42 I (2017). Courtesy of PROYECTOSMONCLOVA.

Exhibition:Gabriel de la Mora: Entropías
February 6–March 10, 2018
PROYECTOSMONCLOVA, Colima 55 Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico

Lulu project space. Courtesy of Lulu.

Exhibition:The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit
February 2–March 4, 2018
Lulu, Bajío 231, Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Mexico

Peter Buggenhout. Courtesy of La Galería Hilario Galguera.

Exhibition:Peter Buggenhout: The Blind Leading the Blind
October 27, 2017–February 11, 2018
La Galería Hilario Galguera, Francisco Pimentel 3, San Rafael, Mexico City, Mexico

“Learning to Read with John Baldessari” installation view. Courtesy of Museo Jumex.

Exhibition:Learning to Read with John Baldessari
November 11, 2017–April 8, 2018
Museo Jumex, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Colonia Granada, Mexico City, Mexico

Jose Dávila. Courtesy of OMR Gallery.

Exhibition:Jose Dávila: Mecánica de lo inestable
February 6–March 24, 2018
Galeria OMR, Cordoba 100, Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico

“Mothers of Men: Moyra Davey, R.H. Quaytman, Vivian Suter” installation view. Courtesy of GAGA.

Exhibition:Mothers of Men: Moyra Davey, R.H. Quaytman, Vivian Suter
January 13–February 24, 2018
GAGA, Amsterdam 123, Colonia Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico

Mateo Saldena, Torso (c. 1892). Courtesy of Museo Nacional de Arte.

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Museu Nacional de Arte, Tacuba 8, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Mexico

“Las apariencias engañan: los vestidos de Frida Kahlo” installation view. Courtesy of Museo Frida Kahlo.

Exhibition:Las apariencias engañan: los vestidos de Frida Kahlo
Museo Frida Kahlo, Londres 247, Del Carmen Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

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