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Pedro Friedeberg in Casa Diana

Globalización euforica

By Carmen Gutiérrez

This coming Saturday, February 11, Galeria Casa Diana, located on Recreo 48, will host an opening cocktail reception starting at 6pm in honor of their star artist Pedro Friedeberg. “This will be one of the biggest Friedeberg exhibitions the gallery has have ever had,” says Carmen Gutierrez, the gallery’s owner. “We will feature more than 15 recent small original paintings never seen before, sculptures, and his classic furniture. Pedro, a former resident of San Miguel, will also be present at the show. “Pedro’s last show at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City had a whopping 300 people attending. We are honored to have him show again at Galeria Casa Diana and delight us with his outstanding imagination and creativity” says Carmen.

Opening Cocktail Reception
In honor of their star artist Pedro Friedeberg
Sat, Feb 11, 6pm
Galeria Casa Diana
Recreo 48

Book Signing and Meet the Artist
By Pedro Friedeberg
Sun, Feb 12, 11:30am-1pm
Dôce 18, grand room of L’otel.
Reloj 18

Dôce 18, located on Reloj 18 will host a book signing and meet-the-artist event the following day, Sunday, February 12, from 11:30am to 1pm in the grand room of L’otel.

Pedro Friedeberg is one of Mexico’s most famous and sought after artists. He has had an amazing career that began in the ’60s with his world-famous hand chair, now featured in prestigious museums such as the Louvre decorative arts section, the MOMA in New York City, and the Smithsonian in Washington.

Juxtapoz magazine recently published this text about Friedeberg’s work: “Apart from Friedeberg’s non-fictional architectural fantasies, he began producing furniture that rejected the predominantly international style of architecture and design that was being taught in Mexico. After designing his first chair, Friedeberg went on to design tables, couches, and love seats. This body of work, along with Friedeberg’s obsessively crowded and meticulously detailed canvases, often included references to Tantric scriptures, Aztec codices, Catholicism, Hinduism, and symbols of the occult. Although his paintings, filled to overflowing with surprise, were sometimes described as examples of Surrealism or fantastic realism, they are not easily definable in terms of conventional categories. He used architectural drawing as the medium through which he created unusual compositions and also designed furniture and useless objects, admitting that his artistic activity was rooted in boredom. This sense of irony and surfeit imparted to his pictures, through the hallucinatory repetition of elements, an asphyxiating formal disorder. Friedeberg’s work is a product of highly conscious, if not self-conscious, thought.”

The gallery is located in Recreo 48, Centro. (415) 15 20885., Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday 10am–7pm; Sunday 11am–6pm


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