Stefan Brüggemann
Normal Exceptions: Contemporary Art in Mexico Normal Exceptions: Contemporary Art in Mexico

Group Normal Exceptions: Contemporary Art in Mexico Curated by Kit Hammonds, Museo Jumex Mexico City Mexico 2021

Press Release

Museo Jumex announced that it will reopen to the public on March 27 with Normal Exceptions: Contemporary Art in Mexico, a thematic survey of contemporary art in Mexico over the past 20 years, a period during which Mexico has become a nexus of the global art scene. Drawing from the Colección Jumex and including invited artists and organizations, Normal Exceptions considers undercurrents in artistic practices that connect with life and its material traces. The exhibition will be on view through August 15, and follows the museum’s temporary closure due to the pandemic.

The exhibition’s title is inspired by a term in microhistory—the study of history from the perspective of individuals and their encounters with authority, and proposes the idea of looking from a grassroots perspective upwards, rather than from the top down.

The exhibition will fill the entire museum with more than 60 works by artists based in Mexico, including those of international origin, and Mexican artists living and work- ing abroad.

In the third-floor gallery, three sections of the exhibition consider how common activ- ities, materials, and objects have come to represent what is lost and how it may be recuperated. Portraits gathers artists that have engaged with what has been consid- ered an outlying practice in contemporary art, yet increasingly part of daily life. Excavations includes artists that reveal material manifestations of time and history marked in particular objects and actions. Transformations looks at how such objects may become traces of events and people. Through their actions, the artists unsettle the established relationships between individuals and authorities.

Normal Exceptions continues on the second floor with three sections. Records examines and reanimates archaic recording technologies such as vinyl records and early electronic media. Markets explores places of formal and informal exchange. Interventions explores how artists interrupt the normal flow of daily life through pub- lic art.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, the first-floor gallery will feature three different installations presented sequentially and curated in collaboration with an organization that has played a significant role in the formation of contemporary art in Mexico. The first is Paisajes, a series of activities organized in collaboration with the independent art space SOMA. Sessions led by Yoshua Okón, Eduardo Abaroa, TLC, and Adriana Salazar each explore different aspects of the urban development of the Nuevo Polanco district in which the Museo Jumex sits. Working with participants, each activity results in research material displayed in the gallery, building up through the course of the project and documented in a publication designed and produced in the same space. During the working sessions the gallery is closed to the public.