mexico city: museo jumex opening

© museo jumex / photography: rené castelán foglia

mexico city has welcomed a new temple dedicated to contemporary art. designed by london-based practice david chipperfield architects, museo jumex features 1,600 sqm. [17,222 sq.ft.] exhibition space spread over five floors and a striking jagged roof that makes it stand out from the surrounding forest of highrises. the museo jumex venue is an initiative by fundación jumex arte contemporáneo, one of latin america's largest private art collections and headed by mexican business mogul eugenio lópez alonso. next to two floors of ample exhibition space, the building also boasts a separate floor for educational and academic programs, the foundation's headquarters and sections where a bookstore and a café are situated. museo jumex kicks off its programming with two exhibitions: a place in two dimensions, curated by patrick charpenel and presenting a selection of artworks from the foundation itself and from the collection of american minimalist sculptor fred sandback.

the james lee byars - ½ an autobiography show is curated by magalf ariola and peter eleey, featuring an elaborate selection of sculptures, fabric costumes, performable paper pieces, film, ink paintings, correspondence, ephemera, live performance, and documentation of globetrotting american artist james lee byars. the foundation being well-connected, the museum's opening party earlier this month pulled a mixed crowd of mexico city's upper crust, celebs and a slew of high-profile invitees from abroad. nuevo polanco, where the museum is located, is a fast-emerging neighbourhood and seems a new art hub in the making. only a stone's throw away the futuristic museo soumaya is under construction. this is mexican billionaire carlos slim's art venue, built in honour his late wife. location: avenida miguel de cervantes saavedra 303 [nuevo polanco].

© museo jumex / photography: michel-jean philippe [interior], eugenio lópez alonso flanked by it-couple goga ashkenazi and vladimir restoin roitfeld