August 21 2014

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Mexico City’s Museo Jumex Arrives in Style


MUSEO JUMEX Opening Night After Party

“You get picked for a building based on an image. The world runs on images,” said the architect David Chipperfield on Saturday, at Mexico City’s newly opened Museo Jumex. If Chipperfield—who won the commission to design the building in 2009—is correct, then Jumex’s inaugural weekend produced enough visual currency to run the whole of Mexico, if not the globe. A bienvenidos dinner in a tangerine-lit urban forest with the likes of Eva Longoria, Richard Buckley, and Stavros Niarchos; a whitewashed penthouse studio with a Damien Hirst cow’s head and a Richard Prince sex joke; and Mark Ronson’s two-hour deejay set, which was spun for thousands of partygoers in a purpose-built Studio 54-inspired Mayan temple, were just some of the event’s highlights.

Located in the municipality’s upscale Polanco neighborhood, Jumex will serve as a second home for the Colección Jumex—a contemporary art collection billed as Latin America’s largest, spearheaded by the Mexican beverage magnate Eugenio Lopez. With its serrated roof and sand-colored geometry, the building is completely captivating, and will function primarily as a gallery space to house curations from the Colección, as well as exhibitions by other artists. Jumex’s current headliner is a blockbuster show dubbed A Place in Two Dimensions, which features artists from the Colección such as Thomas Ruff, Jorge Pardo, and Francis Alÿs alongside a solo display by Fred Sandback, a sculptor best known for his tied-off strings fraught with tension and delicacy. Curator Patrick Charpenel explained, “We wanted to play with the idea of being on the verge of collapse.” It’s a provocative sentiment, though it may contain a layer of reverse subtext: Mexico City—particularly on the arts front—is in modern-renaissance mode and is poised to flourish as a major and permanent international cultural player. Though, after this weekend, we’re sure many would argue that its moment is already in full swing.

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Designer Diary: Aganovich’s Postcard From The Venice Architecture Biennale


Meet Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor, the duo behind on-the-rise Paris label Aganovich. They must have finished their Spring ’13 collection (showing in Paris on September 25) a little early, because they managed to escape to the 13th annual Venice Architecture Biennale (currently under way) and find time to send us back a few snaps from their trip. Read all about it, below.

“Nana and I just got back from this year’s Architecture Biennale, curated by British architect David Chipperfield, who (for a bit of fashion FYI) designed photographer Nick Knight’s house. Chipperfield named the exhibition Common Ground in an attempt to draw the focus away from ‘starchitecture’ and back to common resonance and purpose. Apart from the usual unsettling sensuality of the location, we were treated to a visual and intellectual feast, ranging from the poignant presentation of our beloved East London’s Hawksmoor churches chez Louis Vuitton to the morbidly ironic but effective Aircraft Carrier at the Israeli Pavilion. We topped it all off with a great satellite exhibition of relational aesthetics artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and an after-party staged by our friend Alex Possati, whose family owns the cultural hot spot Bauer Hotel. All the world’s architectural luminaries were present at the shindig, along with a few from the fashion set, in the form of Jefferson Hack, Juergen Teller (who is the official photographer for the exhibition), and our favorite entertainer of the evening, Christopher Taylor (the former rock star-turned-award-winning film composer). For the record, he’s also a genius raconteur. (When I looked in the mirror the next morning, I actually had a six-pack, he had been making us laugh so hard.)”

“[Brooke] Coming into Venice getting serious pimp cane mileage out of a recent knee injury.”

“Louis Vuitton’s Mohsen Mostafavi-curated discreet perfection of an exhibit: Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields in resin.”
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