Mexico City

“Los de arriba y los de abajo”

Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros

Los de arriba y los de abajo” (Those Above and Those Below) reopened the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros after six months of renovations with work by thirteen artists of various ages and diverse origins. The building, once the home and studio of David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of Mexico’s most important artists, holds his murals, many of which have been temporarily removed for restoration; in this sense, the museum was in a strange, unstable state. In the absence of Siqueiros’s murals, the pieces chosen by Venezuelan artist and curator Javier Téllez entered into a different kind of dialogue with the space than those in previous exhibitions here. Indeed, the show had the structure of a mystery, offering a series of small clues about the overarching curatorial strategy as well as broader aesthetic and political implications. Whether physical or metaphoric, these pieces of evidence were scattered

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