Double Skin

Yto Barrada

Exhibition

22-06-2019 - 08-09-2019

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

22-06-2019 - 08-09-2019

INAUGURAL EVENT
Saturday, June 22, 2019
12:00 – 05:00 pm
Free Admission

 

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Projects

Double Skin

Yto Barrada

Exhibition

22-06-2019 - 08-09-2019

Estancia FEMSA – Casa Luis Barragán is pleased to present French-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s first solo exhibition in Latin America, entitled Double Skin, which brings together a set of newly commissioned works. As the exhibition’s title suggests, Barrada deals with notions of aesthetic ambiguity –which resonate with many aspects of Barragán’s work and life. Double Skin also engages Barragán’s deep interest in magic and enigma, which he understood to be crucial elements of architecture, as well as with his use of the formal and symbolic tension between concepts such as opacity/clarity, desire/restriction, openness/enclosure.

 

In the studio space of Barragán’s house, Barrada covers the walls with a second skin: a wallpaper from the series Paste Papers (2019). These works are based on designs she found in different books belonging to Luis Barragán, such as: The Grain Silo-Citadels of Morocco; Coatlicue; The Art of Gardens; Max Ernst; Spanish Andalucia and Parables and Evangelical Allegories, among others. The practice of decorating book covers and endpapers with paste paper designs dates back to the seventeenth century. Originally used by bookbinders, paste paper was also applied to line drawers in modest homes. Barrada amplifies this discrete function in her piece by transforming the paste paper into an exterior ornament for the studio walls, thus bringing intimacy into full view. This gesture of transportation acts as a rich metaphor for the many ambiguities implicit in Barragán’s life and work.

 

Dispersed throughout the rooms of the house we also find five chromatic collages, the Practice Pieces (Color Charts) (2019), made with hand-dyed silk velvets. Inspired by dyers, and the color chart sampling systems used in textile conservation, these pieces are inscribed within Barrada’s long-standing interest in educational materials, platforms, and structures. Both Mexico and Morocco boast long histories of natural dye production, including cochineal, indigo, and Tyrian purple.

 

Lastly, in the library of the house we find the short film Horsehair, Confetti, and Rice (2019), projected directly onto a yellow monochrome painting made in Barragán’s architecture studio. The film is a piece of experimental cinema, with a strong emphasis on materials and textures, in which a wealth of colors and shapes unravel. The hallucinatory quality of the film also alludes to historical artistic imaginaries that stem from both Mexico and Morocco. As such, the exhibition pays homage to the strong influence of Morocco’s vernacular architecture—and the country’s material culture in general—on Barragán’s, and his friend and notable collaborator Mathias Goeritz’ architectural oeuvres. Furthermore, Double Skin is framed within Barrada’s long engagement with architecture and the history of modernism through multiple past projects.