The new building of Museo Jumex opened in Mexico City on November 16th, designed by the British architect David Chipperfield. Established by food and juice magnate Eugenio López, the Jumex Collection is considered the largest private contemporary arts collection in Latin America, of some 2,700 works, of artists like Donald Judd, Damien Hirst, Robert Gober, Andy Warhol, Olafur Eliasson, Tacita Dean, Sarah Lucas, Gabriel Orozco and Bruce Nauman.
López moved his first steps in the artworld in Los Angeles where he established a gallery ten years ago, Chac Mool, which specialized in Latin American art, and where he joined the board of LA MOCA in 2005. In the meantime, he was building his collection, now installed in this new buiding in Mexico City
The new home, a blocky travertine marble building, on the ground floor has soaring glass walls on each side, creating transparency and “windows onto the city”, in the words of Chipperfield; the top floor boasts 12-foot ceilings with a saw-tooth roof allowing the interior to be flooded with natural, shadowless light. The top floor holds an exhibition curated by the museum’s director Patrick Charpenel that features 50 works drawn from the Jumex collection and seven loans of thread sculptures by Fred Sandback. The museum also features a retrospective of James Lee Byars, co-organised by Jumex’s chief curator Magalí Arriola and the MoMA/PS1 curator Peter Eleey, which will travel to the New York museum in June 2014.