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Double Skin - Yto Barrada

Exhibition

22-06-2019 - 01-09-2019

Performance / Fraccionar

Michelangelo Miccolis

Performance

24-04-2019 - 25-04-2019

FRACCIONAR

Curated by Inti Guerrero

Exhibition

02-02-2019 - 05-05-2019

Garden with Pigeons in Flight

DANH VO

Exhibition

05-11-2018 - 13-01-2019

Objeto Gráfico

MIRA SCHENDEL

Activation

01-10-2018 - 31-10-2018

Architecture. The Destruction of Space

Franz Erhard Walther

Publication

01-09-2018

Franz Erhard Walther: Talk with João Fernandes

JOÃO FERNANDES

Public Program

29-08-2018

Determinations of Proportion

FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER

Exhibition

12-05-2018 - 30-09-2018

Gabriela Jáuregui reads Samuel Beckett

GABRIELA JÁUREGUI

Public Program

15-03-2018

Parameters

BRUCE NAUMAN

Exhibition

03-02-2018 - 15-04-2018

Parameters

BRUCE NAUMAN

Publication

03-02-2018

Writings about art

MARIUS DE ZAYAS

Publication

19-12-2017

Monoblock

JUAN JOSÉ GURROLA

Performance

01-12-2017 - 02-12-2017

Monoblock

JUAN JOSÉ GURROLA

Exhibition

01-12-2017 - 28-01-2018

Comedy Without Solution

GERMÁN CUETO

Performance

27-10-2017 - 31-10-2017

From installation Fontes

CILDO MEIRELES

Activation

28-08-2017 - 25-09-2017

Mármol Rosa

CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU

Exhibition

04-06-2017 - 27-08-2017

Untitled

CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU

Intervention

04-06-2017 - 27-08-2017

Conversation about art and architecture

MONIKA SOSNOWKA & FRIDA ESCOBEDO

Public Program

18-05-2017

Transformable Spatial Structure

SANDÚ DARIÉ

Activation

29-04-2017 - 31-05-2017

Dying on stage

CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU

Public Program

25-04-2017

Conversation about the role of art and archive collecting during the 20th century

JOSÉ MARÍA LAFUENTE & PATRICK CHARPENEL

Public Program

29-03-2017

DADA ZÚRICH

Exhibition

05-02-2017 - 30-04-2017

Hípico

EDGARDO ARAGÓN

Performance

06-11-2016 - 10-12-2016

Round Table

Marius de Zayas

Public Program

16-10-2016

Marius de Zayas

Exhibition

01-10-2016 - 08-01-2017

Secrets

IÑAKI BONILLAS

Exhibition

15-05-2016 - 10-07-2016

Fetishistic Barragán

Exhibition

04-01-2016 - 03-04-2016

Formal encounters

JORGE SATORRE

Intervention

27-10-2017 - 31-10-2017

Oct. 27, 29, 30 & 31, 2017.

Performance
F: 7PM & 8PM
S: 12PM & 1PM
M: 8PM
T: 8PM & 9PM

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Projects

Comedy Without Solution

GERMÁN CUETO

Performance

27-10-2017 - 31-10-2017

From September 20 to 24th, 2017Estancia FEMSA – Casa Luis Barragan in co-production with Galería Páramo is pleased to present the performance Comedia sin Solución (Comedy without Solution) by Germán Cueto, which offers the audience a new face of the Mexican artist. His production introduces the avant-garde language associated with the international artistic movements and contributes to the development of national aesthetics during the post-revolution era in Mexico.

Germán Cueto produced the performance Comedia sin Solución (Comedy without Solution) in 1927, a context associated with the experimentation. At this time, Mexico encountered a post-revolutionary spirit and new forms of narrative. Using the traditional language of the in-between wars period, his work portrays the idea of emptiness and despair of the human being in a world, amidst the ghost of postwar, where innocence vanished eternally.

Cueto’s writings can be considered as part of the most important Mexican modernist dramaturgy movement, the Stridentist movement; hence the performance arts represent a significant role. This tendency focused mainly in structuring a national identity through the integration of popular values. Currently, the oeuvre evokes the most iconic dramaturges, such as Beckett and Ionesco.

The three characters of the performance, a woman and two men, ponder about their own convictions and fears. Cueto is very punctual with his remarks regarding this piece, emphasizing the importance of total darkness in the staging. Therefore, the deliberation of the ‘obscure’ is showcased in the mere darkness, constituting a perfect paradox that encloses the actors and the audience. Unavoidably, the performance transforms into a sound experience based on senses: the characters’ voices, a cigarette, and a window revealing an indistinct urban image, these are the only ignitions in the darkness.

Comedia Sin Solución, just as other works by Cueto, is difficult to classify under a single genre, since the dialogue among the diverse disciplines, such as theatre, marionettes or visual arts, allows the staging to be as unlimited as necessary. Moreover, exhibiting in Casa Luis Barragán promotes a conversation between the artist and the architect, which helps to achieve a better understanding of the historic importance of these two extraordinary characters.

Germán Gutiérrez Cueto
Mexico City
February 9th, 1893 – February 14th, 1975

Born from a Spanish father and Mexican mother, Germán Gutiérrez Cueto is considered one of the most important sculptors of Latinamerican Modernism. He developed a collection of works rich in form, abstract and experimental techniques, from an avant-garde point of view. During his lifetime, Cueto worked in a range of media, including painting, graphic and enamel field.

Cueto began his career in chemistry, but due to the political climate during the Mexican Revolution, he abandoned his studies and traveled to Spain to study philosophy and literature. During his time in Europe (1916-1917), through the acquaintances of his cousin, the artist María Gutiérrez Blanchard, he entered the culture and art scene.

Upon his return to Mexico, Cueto studied sculpture in the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos and associated himself with the artistic alliance of that period, contributing to the creation of the new revolutionary art.

In 1919, he married Dolores Velázquez Rivas, known as Lola Cueto, with whom he created a group of artists that initiated the Stridentist movement in Mexico. This movement glorified a radical aesthetic, inspired from Cubism and Futurism, which rejects the traditional values, modernism and the academy while proposing a juxtaposition of the of the art and life. Simultaneously, Cueto openly expressed his interest for Mexican art, especially for traditional masks, which he used to develop a new sculpture language.

In 1926, members of the Stridentist movement moved to Xalapa, under the government of the State of Veracruz, Heriberto Jara. Here, Germán Cueto wrote Comedia Sin Solución (1927), published by Horizonte (Horizon) in charge of Germán List Arzubide. In this same year, the movement gradually disappeared and Cueto abandoned Mexico and moved to France in company of his family.

From 1927 to 1932, Cueto and his wife resided in Paris where they were related with the artists of that time, especially a group named Cercle et Carré. Cueto exhibited with them at Gallery 23. Cercle et Carré was formed by forty artists from different countries around Europe and America, with renowned names like Hans Arp, Le Corbusier, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Antoine Pevsner, Kurt Schwitters, Joaquín Torres García y Georges Vantongerloo. During this period, Cueto also presented his work in different galleries and salons.

Followed by the economic crisis in Europe and his cousin María Gutiérrez Blanchard’s death in 1932, Cueto and his family returned to Mexico. In 1933, Torres Garcia invited Cueto to join the Grupo de Arte Constructivo (Constructive Art Group). Later on, Cueto incorporated the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists).

During his return to Mexico, Cueto discovered the prevailing aesthetic –artistic nationalism. Furthermore, he continued experimenting with sculpture and participated in the contest for the Revolutionary Monument, eventually won by Carlos Obregón Santacilia. During these years, the artworks by Cueto progressed through several paths due to the commissioned theatre masks.

As a result of his physical deterioration from 1970, Cueto decreased his artistic activities and eventually died in February 14th, 1975 in Mexico City.

 

THE CAST

Irene Azuela Suárez
Born in London, England. She initially studied at Centro de Formación Actoral and continued her postgraduate studies in Classic Theatre at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Her career in theatre includes dramas such as The Good Canary, directed by John Malkovich, Salomé, also produced by him, and Crimes of the Heart. She appeared in films like Quemar las Naves, from Francisco Franco, and was awarded the Ariel for best actress. Bajo la Sal also gave her the same award. Followed by El Atentado from Jorge Fons, Miss Bala from Gerardo Naranjo, as well as Tercera Llamada and Las Oscuras Primaveras from Ernesto Contreras. Opus ZeroCuando los hijos regresan and Nahui will be released soon. For television she performed in series such as Paramedicos and Hotel de los Secretos.

Pablo Chemor Nieto
Born in Mexico City in 1981. He studied piano and music theory at Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música (CIEM). In 1997, he began his bachelor’s degree in composition. After two years in Wales, he returned to Mexico to study piano with professor Guadalupe Parrondo.
In 2001, he attended King’s College London, where he completed his postgraduate studies in composition. Subsequent to more than 10 years of music trajectory in music, cinema and theatre, his work can be appreciated amid other directors such as Héctor Bourges, Mauricio García Lozano and Alonso Ruizpalacios. Currently he composes and produces music for cinema and participates in several scene productions.

Néstor Galván
Graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral, Néstor Galván was head of the Theatre Departement of the University of Veracruz (1982-1985), he worked as an analyst in the Department of Publications of International Affairs (1985-1988), and he was a member of the independent group of theatre, Taller del Sótano (1992-1996). From 1998 to 2011, he was the Stage Manager in TV Azteca, and from 2012 to 2014 for TV Educativa de la Secretaría de Educación Pública. Since 2016, he is an established actor in the Compañía Nacional de Teatro del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Eduardo Donjuan y Zulu González
Donjuan is a screenwriter with great experience in the performing arts and culture production. Zulu, on the other hand, is a musician and movie and animation director. Along with Alejandra Marquez, they form the group Silencio Loco (Crazy Silence). They have developed and produced creative projects, such as movie scripts, animated short films and performing arts projects such as Monclova Doesn’t Exist. Currently they in process of developing an animated documentary regarding the life of Doctor Jacobo Grinberg, plus the production of the second feature film Nieves of Alejandra Marquez.

 

© Estancia FEMSA, 2017. Photographs by Roberto Zempoaltecatl for FEMSA Collection. / Portrait by Kati Horna.