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ISC Cultural Tours

Welcome to Mexico City - Private Dinner with the artist, Sebastian

Known for his monumental sculpture in Mexico and around the world Sebastian and his wife welcomed us to his studio; He shared his space with us, including galleries and workspaces and took us on a tour of his foundation, run by his daughter, showcasing not only his work but the work of past residents from the foundation.

Zona Maco

Heading off to the 15th Edition of the most important art fair in Latin America, featuring international contemporary and modern art. Here the group got to explore the fair at their own pace, and even had the opportunity to see our publication booth promoting Sculpture magazine.

In the Studio with Xawery Wolski

A second studio tour brought guests to the studio of Xawery Wolski a Polish artist. His artistic language is based on reflection upon time and space with an aesthetic of minimalism. His work is executed in natural materials such as earth, fired clay, stone. (source: Members of the group enjoyed refreshments and a tour of both the home and studio of Xawery before heading out to the art fair.

Kurimanzutto Gallery

You can't go to Mexico without visiting the Kurimanzutto Gallery! Regarded as the top gallery in Mexico, they represent internationally renowned artists such as Damián Ortega, Gabriel Orozco, Rikrit Tiravanija, Jimmy Durham among others. Current exhibition: “Maintainers” by Nairy Baghramian (b. Iran, 1971)

Galeria de Arte Mexicano

GAM was established in 1940 to promote national artists, especially young artists. Guests enjoyed a tour of the Galeria de Arte Mexicano and can be seen here interacting with the work of the sculpture exhibition “Synergia”. This exhibition is a collective show of the Royal Society of Sculptors and curated by Pablo de Laborde Lascaris and Manuel Muñóz G.G.

Material Art Fair

With the Royal Society of Sculptors, guests enjoyed a tour of the Galeria de Arte Mexicano and the exhibition there “Synergia” which is a collective sculpture exhibition curated by Pablo de Laborde Lascaris and Manuel Muñóz G.G.

Private Cocktail at Arroniz Gallery

Arroniz shares a passion for emerging artists with the ISC and focuses on artists from Mexico and Latin America. Their main drive is to support and closely follow the careers of our artists both locally and internationally. (Source: Guests enjoyed the exhibitions in the new gallery space where the gallery located after the earthquake.

Sean Scully at Cuadra San Cristobal

The day started with a trip to Cuadra San Cristóbal which showcases the architecture of Luis Barragan and his signature use of color and space. Guests enjoyed an exhibition by artist Sean Scully. Paintings were exhibited in the stables and large sculptural work complemented the architecture that was around it and vice versa. A real treat for the group to enjoy brunch in this exquisite space, taking in the architecture and the artwork without the crowds

Tour of Palacio Nacional and Palacio de Bellas Artes, with David Lida.

David Lida, an American born author, based in Mexico City since the 1990´s, has published several books including First Stop in the New World. David took the group thorugh the Palacio Nacional and the Palacio Bellas Artes and had everyone enthralled as he spoke about the murals of Rivera, Orozco, Siguerios and others.

Studio Visit and Lunch with Máximo González

Máximo González, an Argentinian who lives and works in Mexico City, is best known for intricate murals and collages created with paper money. Lately he has changed materials, if not his general focus. In 2010, González won the Premio Tequila Centenario at the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City for Warning Monument. Guests enjoyed the home and studio and a lunch on the terrace.

Museo Frida Kahlo

This was an experience of a lifetime! The extraordinary life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is portrayed in 'The Blue House', her family home, now a museum dedicated to her achievements. Brightly colored walls and furniture make for beautiful photos, but the home and studios show the struggles that Frida had to overcome to create her work, and a special exhibit of her clothing was an added bonus for the group.

Home and Studio Visit of Designer Carla Fernández & Visual Artist Pedro Reyes

Guests learned all about these two artists, even donned their work. Carla Fernández (b. 1973) is a Mexico City-based fashion label inspired by the geometrics and textile richness of Mexico. Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) has won international attention for large-scale projects that address current social and political issues.

Tour of Casa Pedregal

After lunch at Tetalan, an amazing restaurant that was previously the horse stables of the Luis Barragan designed home, Casa Pedregal, formerly Casa Prieto Lopez, everyone went next door to visit the house. Designed in 1947 by Barragan it is now the private home of Mr. Cesar Cervantes, an art collector and businessman owner of a famous Taco restaurant chain, who purchased and restored the house in 2014.

Studio Visit: Damián Ortega

People know his name, our guests got to meet him in person. Damián Ortega was born in Mexico City in 1967. He has no formal art education, but was influenced by Gabriel Orozco, who led an experimental art course in Mexico City in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

Teotihuacán With Anthropologist Jorge Archer

This was an amazing trip! Another once in a lifetime experience. Jorge Archer, physical anthropologist and Bio archaeologist, did 14 years of research in Teotihuacan, participated in different projects including the Oaxacan Barrio, Pyramid of the Sun and the Quetzalcoatl temple

Material Art Fair

A trip to this up and coming alternative art fair was enjoyed by the group, the fair takes place The Fronton, an Art Deco style sports arena that was built in 1929 by architects Teodoro Kinhard and Joaquin Capilla. It had been abandoned for more than two decades and has been restored to its former glory as part of a massive rehabilitation project by the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico.

Anthropology Museum

Another great museum trip, the Anthropology Museum was built in 1968 by Architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, just in time for the celebration of the Olympic Games in Mexico, and houses the most important collection of archaeologic vestiges of Mesoamerica.

Salón ACME

We capped off the trip with an amazing visit to Salón ACME. ACME Hall is an art room. An annual platform that has 5 editions and takes place in Mexico City hosting artistic and curatorial proposals that are being developed throughout the country.