With the intention of creating a gallery in Mexico City to represent contemporary artists, three friends decided to open the gallery Kurimanzutto. The idea was conceived by the artist Gabriel Orozco, who lived in New York, Jose Kuri, who at the time was studying an MA in Columbia, and Monica Manzutto, Kuri's wife, who worked at the prestigious Marian Goodman Gallery. They started with offices in the Condesa Buildings on Mazatlan Street. The architect Alberto Kalach handled the architectural project in a house in San Miguel Chapultepec. Now representing important artists internationally.
Founded in 1983 by Patricia Ortiz Monasterio (current director) and Jaime Riestra, her husband, the OMR has become one of the most prestigious galleries in the country for good complement between Mexican and foreign artists, the variety of supports and disciplines, and art shows mostly communicate a taste for the monumental, the geometric and something that evokes nostalgia, melancholy, an indescribable emptiness.
LABOR was conceived with the following basic commitments: LABOR seeks to reinvigorate artistic and cultural development in Mexico City, producing work that reflects the multiple relationships between art and life. LABOR assumes the form of a contemporary art gallery, yet it breaks from archetypal notions of what a commercial gallery should be. It seeks to distance itself from the sphere of consumption and artistic hedonism, with the goal of strengthening a sustainable cultural economy that upholds the essence of contemporary artistic labor. LABOR represents artists who create critical projects that question and/or reflect our present circumstances, and whose work has a rigorous conceptual foundation. It is committed to showing the unique way that artists see the world, with exhibits that provide, above all else, a life experience.
Terreno Baldio is a space for creation where each project defines its own course.
Working close by with the artists, the specific, non conventional projects are proposed. With the understanding that art can manifest in unexpected realms.
The space is in a XIX century house in Colonia Roma, Mexico City. It is more of a work base, from where projects are coordinated and promoted, both in the form of art shows and editorial projects. Our walls and rooms show part of the works of the artists we represent.
Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura emerges as a space for review, selection, promotion, exhibition and diffusion of Design in its different aspects. An archive built from two parts. The first group is a collection of studies composed to this day by 1300 objects, which contains icons of National/International Industrial Design organized under various categories. The second part preserved into archive, two major library collections devoted to the discipline of architecture. This library will function as a free space for consultation and open to the public research.