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Gallery Weekend in Mexico City: #REACTIVATEMEXICO


By Marie Moébius

In 2017, Gallery Weekend Mexico City celebrates its fifth birthday. Based on a concept developed in other big metropolises like Brussels, Berlin, and Barcelona, the event proposes to gather on one weekend the openings of the best art spaces in town. In Mexico City, more than 40 galleries will open their gates to the public and provide the city with the biggest and most interesting “art walk.” Of course, cocktails and fancy parties will be held, along with a series of conferences, young-collector programs, and the art book fair “Paper Works” in the Tamayo Museum.

The full program of the galleries’ openings can be consulted on Gallery Weekend website (, but here is a quick glance at this outstanding art-parcours: Sol Lewitt at OMR Gallery, Sebastiao Salgado at Galería Patricia Conde, Anri Sala at Kurimanzutto, and Charles Fréger at YAM Gallery.

The San Miguel-based gallery YAM indeed “pops up” in Mexico City and settles down in the heart of Condesa in the beautiful house designed by the Tapia-McMahon architecture studio. The show of the French photographer Charles Fréger is a premiere since it is the first time his pictures of Mexico have been shown. His “Cimarrón” series is a portraiture of the African cultural heritage in the Americas. To complete the exhibition, Mexican painter Javier Areán will present his latest work on canvas and will use the office of the house as a project room.

After the earthquake in Mexico City on September 19, Gallery Weekend was canceled. The inauguration was originally scheduled on September 21, beginning with the openings of the galleries in the Polanco area, and then successively Roma, Condesa, Juárez, San Miguel Chapultepec, and San Rafael areas. All those neighborhoods were strongly hit by the earthquake, and on the morning of September 20, it was clear the event could not be held. Some galleries suffered severe damage; other art spaces were improvised as collection points, or were transformed into refuges for the victims. The outstanding supportive movement shown during the urgency of course took precedence over any other activities. The organizers of Gallery Weekend decided to postpone the event to November 10. Under the hashtag of #REACTIVATEMEXICO, Gallery Weekend proposes to reinitiate the calendar of cultural events in the city after the earthquake and offers every participating gallery to give visibility to a project dedicated to rebuild Mexico. YAM Gallery gives special focus on the TIBA Project “Bioreconstruction in Hueyapan” dedicated to help this community of Morelos rebuild their beautiful adobe houses. For more information, consult Tibá Tecnología Intuitiva on Facebook.

Everyone is invited to the inauguration of Gallery Weekend in Mexico City. Come and enjoy a weekend of art and help reactivate Mexico. YAM Gallery will open the show on


Art Exhibition


YAM Gallery’s exhibition in Gallery Weekend

Fri–Sun, Nov 10–12, 7pm

Calle Cuernavaca 62, Colonia Condesa, CDMX


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