Museo Rufino Tamayo reopens

The Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City has reopened after being closed for a year.


Museo Rufino Tamayo

Among the seven exhibitions on view in the vastly enlarged complex is a large-scale retrospective of Tamayo’s works that includes more than 60 of the artist’s paintings, some of them never seen before in public.

In addition to the Tamayo retrospective, the museum’s new head curators Julieta González (formerly of Tate Modern) and Willy Kautz are presenting exhibitions, such as “Tomorrow Already Came”, a show of utopian-inspired Mexican art from the 1950s, 60s and 70s alongside the work of contemporary artists (among them, Fernando Bryce, Steve McQueen and Jane and Louise Wilson); “First Act”, a display of global contemporary work that harkens back to the museum’s inauguration in 1981 (it includes artists Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand and Superflex); as well as new commissions by international artists Pierre Huyghe, Michael Stevenson and Ryan Gander.

The around $7m renovation is a significant remodelling of the museum. The 1,868 sq. m expansion includes 40% more exhibition space, bringing the total size of the galleries up to 1,892 sq m. Spaces for education, documentation, storage and the auditorium have also been refurbished and there are newly landscaped outdoor areas in the surrounding Chapultepec Forest.

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