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Mexico City Inaugurates 2019 with Must-See Art Fairs

By Laurie Rojas

O ne of the most important art fairs in Latin America, Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo will return for its 16th edition in February. It has cemented Mexico City’s position as an art capital, and this year will bring together leading international galleries with established Mexican counterparts including kurimanzutto and Galería OMR.

A main focus will be the Zona Maco Sur section, curated for the second year by Kiki Mazzucchelli, which will examine what fair-founder Zélika García terms “the idea of the performative”. The preferred destination for young dealers and emerging artists, Material Art Fair returns to Frónton México, a glorious, recently restored Art Deco arena.

An installation shot at Zona Maco, 2018. Courtesy Zona Maco.

Meanwhile, a slew of exhibitions will accompany the fairs. Museo Jumex will host Scripted Reality: The Life and Art of Television, an international group show exploring TV's rich history through work by artists such as Candice Breitz and Bruce Nauman. Elsewhere, the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo celebrates the Salón Independiente, an artistic initiative considered a benchmark for dialogue about experimental and vanguard art practices in Mexico.

Zona Maco, Mexico City, 6–10 February; Material Art Fair, 7–10 February; Scripted Reality: The Life and Art of Television, Museo Jumex, through 24 March; Art without Guardianship: Salón Independiente in Mexico, 1968–1971, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, until 24 March.

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