The Disrespectful at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

Ivan Argote, Retouch, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin Gallery, Paris.

Los Irrespetuosos / The Disrespectful / die Respektlosen

30 November 2012–17 March 2013

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
1608 Revolución Avenue
Mexico City, Mexico

www.museodeartecarrillogil.com

This exhibition will present a museographical display of artist Pablo Rasgado (MX) specifically designed for the second level of the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City, and twenty works of Eugenio Ampudia (ES), Maria Anwander (AT), Ivan Argote (CO), Ivan Candeo (VE), Oscar Cueto (MX), Juan José Gurrola (MX), Natalia Ibáñez Lario (ES), Bernd Krauss (DE), Uriel Landeros (US), Jason Mena (PR), Metapong Collective (MX), Diego Piñeros (CO), Oscar Santillán (EC), Cristian Segura (AR) and the conceptual group Texto Poético (ES).

The concept behind this proposal relies on specific actions whose results can be defined more as visual gestures. The videos, paintings and works on paper selected denote a vast range of influences related to cultural trends such as classical films or musical videos and especially with practices linked to the art production such as performance or happenings. However, the treatment the artists gave to these influences is far from re-appropriation or quotation: Their inclusion in their works is fundamentally ironic and burdened with questions about the art world through the figure of the artist, the curator, the work of art and the museum.

The relevance of this exhibition does not rely in the renovation of the principles of the so-called “institutional critique.” The works expose the common venture of dismantling “disrespectfully” the severity and rigorousness with which artistic creation is traditionally assumed. The artists gathered for Los Irrespetuosos / The Disrespectful / die Respektlosen confront us, through insignificant gestures, to transcendental problems related to art production, its institutions and its history. In its apparent flippancy, these works remind us of gestures that made a radical turn in the art history, such as the introduction by Marcel Duchamp of a vulgar urinary into the sacred space of the museum, one of the first examples of “disrespect.”

This exhibition was curated by Carlos E. Palacios, Chief Curator of the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil and has been made possible by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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