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opening of economía de mercado, mercado de medellín, mexico city on august 21, 1999

opening of economía de mercado, mercado de medellín, mexico city on august 21, 1999

installation view of palm pavilion, kurimanzutto at juan de la barrera 116, mexico city, 2008

installation view of palm pavilion, kurimanzutto at juan de la barrera 116, mexico city, 2008

installation view of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of u.f.o. - naut jk (július koller) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of u.f.o. - naut jk (július koller) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of untitled 2014 (todos juntos) at kurimanzutto on september 11, 2014

installation view of untitled 2014 (todos juntos) at kurimanzutto on september 11, 2014

installation view of mezcal vs. pulque, kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2022

installation view of mezcal vs. pulque, kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2022

opening of economía de mercado, mercado de medellín, mexico city on august 21, 1999

opening of economía de mercado, mercado de medellín, mexico city on august 21, 1999

installation view of palm pavilion, kurimanzutto at juan de la barrera 116, mexico city, 2008

installation view of palm pavilion, kurimanzutto at juan de la barrera 116, mexico city, 2008

installation view of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of u.f.o. - naut jk (július koller) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of u.f.o. - naut jk (július koller) at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2012

installation view of untitled 2014 (todos juntos) at kurimanzutto on september 11, 2014

installation view of untitled 2014 (todos juntos) at kurimanzutto on september 11, 2014

installation view of mezcal vs. pulque, kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2022

installation view of mezcal vs. pulque, kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2022

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

rirkrit tiravanija, photo by abigail enzaldo, 2022

rirkrit tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija spent the past two years traveling around Oaxaca to learn from master potters across the region. The artist worked with Cooperativa 1050°—a cooperative of potters from Oaxaca, Puebla, and Chiapas, led by Kythzia Barrera—to make vases, cups, and other vessels using techniques preserved for centuries within local families. 

The collaboration culminates in Tiravanija’s most recent exhibition at kurimanzutto, Mexico City, titled Mezcal vs. Pulque. The pottery made throughout his travels are on view in the exhibition. They are displayed within and around a 1:3 wooden reproduction of an abandoned stone structure the artist encountered during his visit to Rio Blanco Tonaltepec. On the occasion of Mezcal vs. Pulque, kurimanzutto takes the opportunity to look back at Tiravanija’s collaborations with the gallery and the communities that inspire his practice. We are pleased to share these past projects for the launch of from the archive.

The work of the Argentina born Thai artist living between New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai, reflects his nomadic existence as he blends and negotiates different cultural contexts. He describes the participatory events that define his three-decade long career as “relational”: focused on social interactions that blur the boundaries between art and life, and question the value placed on objects within the white cube. These were the same principles that grounded the early history of kurimanzutto, whose program centered on nomadic exhibitions in non-traditional spaces.

                         economía del mercado, 1999

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

front and back of printed invitation for economía de mercado, 1999

economía de mercado, 1999

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

alejandro carrasco and rirkrit tiravanija cooking pad thai for economía de mercado, mercado de medellín, mexico city on august 21, 1999

On Saturday, August 21, 1999, kurimanzutto presented its inaugural exhibition Economía de mercado (Market Economy) as a one-day, pop-up sale of contemporary art in Mercado Medellín in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City.

Tiravanija, along with Abraham Cruzvillegas, Minerva Cuevas, Sofía Táboas, Damián Ortega, Gabriel Kuri, Gabriel Orozco and others, sold pieces priced between 25 and 500 pesos and that were made from materials found at the market. Tiravanija cooked and distributed pad thai. The exchange and consumption of the dish among market-goers—those who anticipated the exchange of food rather than contemporary art—broke with art world conventions and turned passive observers into active participants. An imperative to the realization of the artwork.

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

gabriel kuri and rirkrit tiravanija at economía de mercado, mercado de medellín, mexico city on august 21, 1999

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

gabriel orozco, sofía táboas and rirkrit tiravanija at economía de mercado, mercado de medellín, mexico city on august 21, 1999

                              palm pavillion, 2008

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

installation view of palm pavilion, kurimanzutto at juan de la barrera 116, mexico city, september 5 – october 5, 2008

palm pavilion, 2008

palm pavilion, 2008

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

opening of palm pavilion, kurimanzutto at juan de la barrera 116, mexico city on september 5, 2008

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

 

 

 

A desire to explore the architecture that supports lived experiences also drives Tiravanija’s practice. In the fall of 2008, the artist had his first solo show in Mexico at a warehouse in the Condesa neighborhood that kurimanzutto occupied for a couple of years. Palm Pavilion, originally created for the 27th Sao Paulo Bienal, replicates the French architect Jean Prouvé’s (1901–1984) Tropical House, a small portable steal structure designed in 1949 for the Europeans living in the African colonies.

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

installation view of palm pavilion, kurimanzutto at juan de la barrera 116, mexico city, september 5 – october 5, 2008

                                untitled, 2012

        (all those years at no. 17e london terrace), 2012

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

opening of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city on september 20, 2012

Four years later, the artist reconstructed another home for the exhibition Untitled, 2012 (All those years at No. 17E London Terrace) at kurimanzutto’s current gallery space in the San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood. Collaborating with musician and fellow artist Arto Lindsay, Tiravanija created a 1:1 reproduction of Lindsay’s old apartment in the gallery. 

Here, as in Palm Pavilion, audiences activated the piece and participated in the preservation of Lindsay’s environment as a living archive. In addition to hosting a series of readings, cooking classes, and musical performances, Lindsay himself occupied the space for a few days to record his latest album. 

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

hector madera and rirkrit tiravanija serving food during the opening of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city on september 20, 2012

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

arto lindsay recording in the studio of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city on september 28, 2012

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

carlos icaza and arto lindsay recording in the studio of untitled, 2012 (all those years at no. 17e london terrace) at kurimanzutto, mexico city on september 29, 2012

                    u.f.o. - naut jk (július koller), 2012

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

installation view of u.f.o. - naut jk (július koller), orquestrated by rirkrit tiravanija at kurimanzutto, mexico city, november 13 – december 15, 2012, with the support of galerie martin janda

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

július koller, universal futurological question mark (u.f.o.), 1978

Directly following his collaboration with Lindsay, Tiravanija returned to kurimanzutto to exhibit a body of work based on the Slovakian conceptual artist Július Koller (1939–2007). Koller, akin to Tiravanija, used lived experiences and everyday objects to challenge the cultural context of communist Czechoslovakia.

Tiravanija chose to reactivate some of Koller’s most signfiacnt works, including Universal Futorological Question Mark (U.F.O.), (1978), a happening where Koller and a group of children gathered on a Bratsilava hill and used their bodies to form a question mark. Tiravanija recreated the question mark with a group of people at the Zócalo in downtown Mexico City, which was documented and later on view in the show at kurimanzutto.

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

untitled 2012 (remember jk, universal futurological question mark u. f. o., zócalo, méxico city), 2012

                   untitled 2014 (todos juntos), 2014

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto
Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

opening barbeque of untitled 2014 (todos juntos) at kurimanzutto on september 11, 2014

Tiravanija continued to make ephemeral works through grand gestures of hospitality in the three-day exhibition Untitled 2014 (todos juntos). He welcomed visitors to play Ping-Pong, eat a barbeque dinner cooked by the artist on charcoal grills produced by local blacksmiths, and recline with a dozen others on a 47-foot hammock that hung across the gallery filled with palm trees.

Similar to Mezcal vs. Pulque and the formation of the question mark at the Zócalo, the artist collaborates with a specific community within Mexico. He commissioned inmates of a correctional center near Valladolid, Yucatán, to weave the hammock, which is the only craft the inmates are allowed to sell. The slogan “todos juntos” (all together) is woven at the hammock’s center in reference to the inmates’ collective work that made the communal rocking possible.

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

rirkrit tiravanija cooking and serving the opening barbeque of untitled 2014 (todos juntos) at kurimanzutto on september 11, 2014

                             mezcal vs. pulque, 2022

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

rirkrit tiravanija in margarita cortez cruz's home in río blanco tonaltepec, oaxaca, mexico, learning to make pottery in august 2021

The artist understands the materials used in communal gatherings across cultures as forms of knowledge that he hopes to disseminate to audiences through his artistic practice. At the opening of Mezcal vs. Pulque, in characteristic fashion, the artist stood inside the wooden house and used the pottery to serve mezcal and pulque—native beverages of the Oaxaca region—to visitors. The instigation of human interactions within architectural structures, whether a stall in a market or a replica of another’s home, encourages audiences to pause, sip, and enjoy the moment.
 

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

rirkrit tiravanija cooking for the master potters of mezcal vs. pulque in kurimanzutto, mexico city on april 29, 2022

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

rirkrit tiravanija serving mezcal and pulque during the opening of mezcal vs. pulque in kurimanzutto, mexico city on april 30, 2022

Rirkrit Tiravanija – from the archive - Projects - Kurimanzutto

installation view of mezcal vs. pulque, kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2022