• NJM Loves: Mexico City Art Week

  • NJM Loves: Mexico City Art Week

    Mexico City’s Art Week was a magical experience. Going back to the city I was born in always makes me feel alive and at home. Returning for a week dedicated to art and design was another experience altogether.

    We started the week by attending Sotheby’s annual lunch at Contramar, where we tried their famous Tacos de Esmedregal al Pastor. Afterwards, we gallery-hopped all over Mexico City’s artsy Condesa and Roma neighbourhoods as most galleries were opening exhibitions that night. Some of my highlights included discovering the work of Spanish sculptor Juan Garaizabal, presented by Proyecto H, and Bosco Sodi’s heavily textured paintings at Galeria Hilario Galguera.

    The next day, between zoom calls and client meetings over the city, we ventured into Zona MACO, Latin America’s largest and oldest contemporary art fair that brings together newly established and internationally renowned galleries from the region and abroad. The fair also has a sub-section dedicated to design, where we spent most of our time discovering locally produced furniture, textiles and decorative objects.

  • After a couple of tamarind margharitas at Olivia Steele’s afterparty, whose dazzling neon artworks looked stunning against Mexico’s iconic Angel de la Independencia, we had a nightcap at the buzzing launch party of the new Andaz Hotel and called it a night.

    On our last day, we attended the Grupo Habita brunch at the Anahuacalli Museum located in the Coyoacan district of the city, once home to Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Leo Trotsky, among others. The Anahuacalli was built by Diego Rivera in correspondence with architect Frank Lloyd Wright, resulting in a playful dialogue between pre-Hispanic and contemporary architectural design. I found the contrast between the Museum’s permanent volcanic rock walls with the gold and metal sculptures of the temporary exhibition by Alma Allen absolutely captivating.

    As a designer, I could not miss the chance to visit Mexico’s thriving design studios. From the stunning glassblown light sculptures at EWE, to a series of phosphorescent chairs in AGO Projects, and a golden bespoke table at MASA, the local talent did not disappoint!
    Exhausted but inspired, I cannot wait to return next year!

    17/02/2023s, By nataliamiyar