Museo Jumex In Mexico City Welcomes Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative


MEXICO CITY, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire — From November 19 through February 7, 2016, Museo Jumex presents Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative exhibition highlighting a vibrant selection of recently acquired works by 40 artists from 13 Latin American countries. Organized by Mexico City-native Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, in collaboration with colleagues at Museo Jumex, the exhibition focuses predominantly on work made by artists born after 1968, and also includes several early pioneers who were first active internationally in the 1960s and ’70s. Under the Same Sun features more than 45 works in a variety of media including painting, installation, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. The countries represented are: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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Mexico City-based architect Frida Escobedo created a dynamic exhibition design for the gallery spaces. Artworks are also presented in the museum’s public areas, including a site-specific installation of Luis Camnitzer’s A Museum Is a School on the building’s façade; Paul Ramírez Jonas’ Another Day (2003) in the Museum lobby; and Rafael Ferrer’s Artforhum (1972) in the Museum store.

Under the Same Sun premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in June 2014 and, following its presentation in Mexico City, will travel to the South London Gallery in June 2016.

Exhibition Overview
Demonstrating that Latin America cannot be reduced to a single, homogeneous entity, Under the Same Sun examines the diversity of recent creative responses to shared realities molded by colonial and modern history, repressive governmental policy, economic crisis, and social inequality, as well as by periods of economic development and social progress. Despite financial growth and increased stability in most of the continent over the past decade, Latin America remains divided by class and ethnic difference, and marked by political and economic upheaval. Under the Same Sun presents recent art that addresses the past and present of this subtle and complex situation, and which explores possible alternative futures. The works are organized within five themes:

  • Conceptualism includes works by pioneering Latin American Conceptualists who were active in the U.S. during the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, many of whom are still working today. The forms of engagement these key figures advanced continue to be investigated by younger artists.
  • Modernities questions the disjunction between modernism’s lofty ideals and its imperfect realities, and includes work by artists dealing with its legacy today.
  • Participation/Emancipation invites mental or physical participation from the visitor, allowing him or her to become an active part of the artwork.
  • Political Activism addresses the social and political contexts in which art is made, and confronts the ways in which Latin American artists have turned their practices into forms of dissent, protesting against foreign political and economic influences, dictatorial political regimes, and the violence of the drug trade.
  • The Tropical acknowledges the effects that location and nature (including climate) have on cultural production, but presents the argument that being “tropical” is ultimately a question of attitude that transcends such concerns.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a wide variety of education and public programs—an important focus of the initiative and a cornerstone of UBS’s contemporary art platform—developed jointly by Museo Jumex and the Guggenheim. Alfredo Jaar’s A Logo for America (1987) will be displayed on digital screens outside of Auditorio Nacional on January 29 and 30 from 8:00 to 8:04 pm.

Museo Jumex has created a new website——to provide additional context for the exhibition and give visitors in-depth exposure to the artists, artworks, and themes of Under the Same Sun. Online users can browse artists work, learn about upcoming events with artists, listen to a Spotify playlist created by curators and artists to accompany the exhibition, and engage with the Photo Booth, which allows users to apply a “sun” filter to their profile image for social sharing via #bajounmismosol.

About Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
Launched in 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation and financial services firm UBS aimed at bolstering access to and awareness of contemporary art from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. It encompasses curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven education programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. The initiative builds upon and reflects the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s distinguished history of internationalism and significantly increases the Guggenheim’s holdings of art from these dynamic communities.

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