With plane tickets from New York to Mexico City a fraction of the cost of flights to Europe, why wait to book your trip to this art destination? An established cultural capital, Mexico City has a passionate, political, and artistic history. It’s no surprise that today it boasts a bold roster of contemporary galleries, blockbuster international fairs, and an exciting scene of artists ready to take on challenging political work and bring an entrepreneurial flair to the art market.
Michelle Aizpuru, an art dealer and artist who has recently made a homecoming having lived and worked in the UK and Europe, says of her city,
The Mexican art scene has always been vibrant, yet in the recent years it has evolved to be very diverse and progressive. The growth in art and cultural venues, projects, artists themselves, and the conceptual and aesthetic richness of the art scene is evident and inviting.
Still need convincing? Read on! We dare you not to end up searching for a flight to Mexico City by the end of this article.
Central to Mexico City’s art scene are, of course, its galleries. One of our favorites, Kurimanzutto, started representing artists in 1999 before acquiring a physical fixed exhibition space. The gallery mounted group shows in unlikely locations, such as fruit and vegetable markets, even the Mexico City Airport, before moving into its permanent home in a former timber yard. Fast forward 10 years, they continue to organize in diverse cultural spaces and operate in the same spirit as when they first began; focusing on the artists and prioritizing creative innovation above all else.
Two of Mexico City’s most rapidly growing and prestigious art fairs that are happening this weekend. Zona Maco, the largest art fair in Latin American, rocks the city biannually with hundreds of international exhibitors displaying photography and contemporary art. Material Art Fair, a newer but still highly regarded boutique art fair, will showcase its largest fair yet, featuring 78 galleries from 18 countries and 33 cities. If you’re not already there, hit up your social media for a big dose of FOMO.
With curators, artists, designers, and writers pouring in and out of its campus in the San Pedro de los Pinos neighborhood, SOMA is a breeding ground for new aesthetic ideas. Founded by artist Yoshua Okon, SOMA offers courses, residencies, and workshops that draw formidable international thinkers to the city.
Think outside the Casa Azul – the historic house and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Frida Kahlo. You can balance your viewing of newer art with a healthy dose of local history at the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec park. Museo Soumaya, spread across two eye-catching structures, offers a comprehensive look at art from early Mesoamerican to the 20th century and features the personal collection of telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim. Lastly, Museo Jumex opened its doors just 5 years ago and works on not only displaying contemporary art but also providing a space for experimentation and innovation in the arts. It is also located adjacent to Museo Soumaya, providing a convenient transition from one to the next.
With a coveted #1 spot on the NY Times 52 Places to Visit in 2016, sceney restaurants, and near-constant art events, la Ciudad de Mexico needs to be next on your list of art destinations.