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Salón ACME 2024

This week in Mexico City, Salón ACME Director and Curator Ana Castella ushers in a powerful new era for the platform for artists, by artists, showcasing the work of emerging visionaries to the international art community.

On February 8 in Mexico City, Salón ACME, founded by Archipiélago and Base Proyectos, debuts its vibrant 11th edition at Proyectos Públicos through February 11. During Mexico City Art Week, Director and Curator Ana Castella ushers in a powerful new era for the fair with esteemed guests representing renowned institutions including the Palais de Tokyo, Reina Sofía Museum, La Becque Residences, the Pompidou Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux. Six comprehensive sections comprise this year’s much-anticipated show: Open call, State, Bodega, Projects, Patio, and Sala—providing emerging visionaries with a singular platform to acquaint themselves with the international art community. In addition, a robust program including nuanced conversations, residencies, prizes, and international visitor initiatives spark an engrossing Salón ACME No. 11.

The primary section of the fair, Open Call, embraces the work of 82 skilled artists that were meticulously selected by a board of curators from 1,800 diverse submissions. Curated by Abril Zales, State shines a light on Nuevo León. Titled “The horizon is not a straight line,” this iteration is inspired by artworks that reflect the sculptural and multi-faceted landscape which surrounds us, deftly expressed by artists such as Calixto Ramírez, Inés Bárcena, Sandra Leal, Paula Cortazar, Gina Arizpe, Tercerunquinto, and Alejandro Zertuche. Patio invites Jerónimo Reyes Retana to the program with A Fountain (different dissents), a thought-provoking work that places the world’s ecological concerns into troubled waters, highlighting miscommunications between the US and Mexico. “Delusional Matters” is at the heart of the Sala category, uniting posters, books, and independent publications that focus on critical and soulful investigations of the diverse voices heard across North America.

The fair’s latest edition includes Encounters with six dialogue tables in the ACME Hall No. 11. Led by a team of cultural agents, stirring conversations unfold, including “Convocatoria: May you live in interesting times: concerns and searches of artists today” and “Sala: The word is a collective gesture.” The International Visitors Program brings Salón ACME and Material Art Fair together to introduce global leaders to the bold art scene in Mexico City, with guests including Vivian Crockett, Curator of the New Museum, and Co-Curator of the 2026 New Museum Triennial, New York; and Emmanuelle Hamon, Head of the Collections Department of Les Abattoirs Museum, Toulouse. The fair’s Musical Program toasts the cultural initiatives of CDMX with a performance by El Micky on February 9 and hosts a poetic celebration on February 10 of the artistry of Nuevo León. 

Salón ACME Photo by Alum Gálvez, courtesy of Salón ACME.
Salón ACME Photo by Alum Gálvez, courtesy of Salón ACME.
Salón ACME Photo by Alum Gálvez, courtesy of Salón ACME.
Salón ACME Photo by Alum Gálvez, courtesy of Salón ACME.
Salón ACME Photo by Alum Gálvez, courtesy of Salón ACME.

Proyectos Públicos, General Prim 30, Col. Juárez, CDMX

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