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Spirit Now London live-visit of the exhibition "On The Razor's Edge" at Museo Jumex (Mexico)

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

Spirit Now London live-visit of the exhibition "On The Razor's Edge" at Museo Jumex (Mexico)

With Patricia Marshall (international curator who curated the show),

and Kit Hammonds (senior curator of Museo Jumex)

Online event: 13 January 2021

Introduction by Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (founder of Spirit Now London)

Dear Spirit Now London Friends,

Today we are travelling to Mexico to discover the exhibition curated by Patricia Marshall "On the Razor's Edge" at the Museo Jumex. As you already know , we are keeping on opening museum doors, and visiting great exhibition around the world despite the lockdown.We think that culture is essential.

It is more important than ever to support institutions, galleries and to share with a large audience the work of artists. We are very honoured to be welcome and guided through this beautiful exhibition by two exceptional personalities who are : Patricia Marshall and Kit Hammonds. Patricia Marshall is an art advisor and a collector; she started her career in Los Angeles where she lived for 23 years and is well known for having been involved with the Californian scene from the 90’s and the contemporary Mexican art scene. Patricia came back to Paris in 2003 and started to work with Bernard Arnault to whom she introduced artists such as Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley and Jason Rhoades. Patricia loves building collections and supporting the artists she discovers.

Patricia met Eugenio Lopez in 1994, she introduced him to minimal and conceptual art. In 1997 Eugenio’s collection was presented in Mexico showing artists such as Robert Gober, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin….. This exhibition was acclaimed by the curators and the Mexican emergent scene and thanks to this show the young Mexican artists were able to have a voice. Eugenio Lopez’s collection became a Foundation in 2001 and then a Museum in 2013. At this time, Eugenio Lopez asked Patricia to curate one of the three inaugural shows at the Museum.

When she was asked to curate the second show, Patricia immediately thought about an exhibition talking about the fragility of life, not only because it is a predominant subject in the collection but also because it is very relevant.

This exhibition was supposed to take place in 2019 but was postponed due to the pandemic. At the moment it was conceived Patricia had no idea that we would be in this current situation which points the fact that art is very visionary.

Kit Hammonds is the Chief Curator of the Museo Jumex where he leads the exhibitions, education and public programs. His exhibitions at the museum have included major solo shows with John Baldessari and James Turrell and he commissioned projects in and outside the museum by Michael Smith, Mario Garcia Torres, Wendy Cabrera Rubio, Michael Lin, and Nils Norman & Fritz Haeg, among others. Prior to moving to Mexico in 2017, he was based in Taipei and London as an independent curator and professor in curatorial studies.

It is time now for me to hand over to Patricia and Kit and before that, I would finish by welcoming :

- The community of collectors and art lovers from Spirit Now London

- The members of the Centre d’art Contemporain of Geneva and the Musée de L’ELysée brought together by Caroline d'Esneval

- And our partners in Paris LeSPOT who are also with us this afternoon.

I also would like to thank our events coordinator at Spirit Now London, Laetitia Walewska.

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