Museo Tamayo

September 30, 2010


Museo Tamayo
Paseo de la Reforma at Gandhi s/n
Mexico City, Mexico

This month, Museo Tamayo opens three contemporary art exhibitions, releases two publications, and launches a new series of public programs and special events. Outdoors, within its surrounding park called Bosque de Chapultepec, Museo Tamayo presents a new work by Tino Sehgal. The work of Tino Sehgal, an artist who lives and works in Berlin consists of what he calls “constructed situations,” in other words, interactions between his spectators and interlocutors. This work will be presented for six weeks, from dawn till dusk, on the promenade of the Bosque de Chapultepec that communicates Museo Tamayo with the Museo Nacional de Antropologia e Historia.

The exhibition The marquise went out at five… is part of a series of exhibitions “Activating the Collection.” Begun last spring, the purpose of this series is to approach and presents the museum’s collection in new and dynamic ways. For this exhibition, curator Daniela Pérez and artist Jorge Méndez Blake chose to work with a less known part of Museo Tamayo’s collection – it’s library, particularly the publications donated by the institution’s founder, artist Rufino Tamayo. Recently, Méndez Blake has explored through his artworks the history, uses and architecture of libraries; for this exhibition, he has created an installation of what seems to be a library that, for all its irregular characteristics, suggests the impossibility of existing and offering the services of a library as such. The exhibition combines his work with books, objects, extrinsic materials, and more than twenty works from the museum’s collection, including In Patio V (1948) by Georgia O’Keeffe, Broken Glass (1974) by Jean Mauboulés, and Grass (1972) by Hiroshi Okada.

The group exhibition A Place Out of History explores the feats, misfortunes, and setbacks in the life and work of legendary figures, covered individuals, and institutions that are key to art history. Curated by Magalí Arriola in collaboration with Magnolia de la Garza, the exhibition emerges as a platform or stage where a series of narratives converge, in which false identities, secret agendas, official versions and half-truths have played an active role, most times behind the scenes, in the definition of specific political scenarios and movements. In A Place Out of History painting, sculpture, video, drawing, and collage is exhibited, as well as photographs, historical documents, publications, and diverse materials that suture together artistic and political narratives. The exhibition includes work by: Francis Alÿs, Olivier Debroise, Harun Farocki, Jill Magid, Domingo Malagón Alea, Tina Modotti, Melvin Moti, Museum of American Art (MoAA), Simon Starling, Hito Steyerl, Nedko Solakov and Han van Meegeren. The exhibition is accompanied by the second volume of the anthology Minor Histories, Larger Worlds edited by artist Pablo Sigg.

This month, Museo Tamayo also releases the second number of Rufino, its new magazine. Among the collaborators of this issue are curators of Museo Tamayo; other contributors include Gabriela Camacho, Jose Castillo, Carmen Cebreros, Louise Höjer, María Minera and Tania Ragasol. Rufino is published twice a year, and is available for free with museum admission or upon request until supplies last. Museo Tamayo’s online magazine—with new content uploaded regularly—can be accessed always at: Among the contents are video interviews with participants of the museum’s program or part of its arts community, including documentation of exhibition tours and studio visits, created by Museo Tamayo to complement its visitors experience and to introduce its program to virtual publics.

For more information and a calendar of public programs and special events, please visit

About Museo Tamayo
Founded in 1981 in Mexico City, Museo Tamayo presents innovative international contemporary art exhibitions, including projects with its collection with the intent of generating new experiences and knowledge. Since 1986, Museo Tamayo forms part of the state-funded national network of museums directed by Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), and receives additional support from the Fundacion Olga y Rufino Tamayo.

Museo Tamayo thanks the Patrons, Associates, and members of the Círculo Contemporáneo of Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, that with their kind donations and collaboration significantly support the museum year after year; it also thanks its corporate sponsors for their generous contributions: Fundación Colección Jumex, AXA Seguros, Deutsche Bank, Baby Creysi, Grupo Modelo, Grupo Habita and Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation. The exhibition A Place Out of History received additional support from the Mondriaan Foundation. Tino Sehgal’s exhibition received additional support from Isabel and Agustín Coppel Foundation.

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