First an exhibition of video works by British artists at the fairly new Celda Contemporanea gallery which is housed within what used to be an old convent, now university, in Centro Historico. The gallery isn't your usual white cube. It's a series of rooms on top of the foundations of the 17th century nunnery. So rather than plonk a solid floor over them, the floor throughout is glass. Looks beautiful, but makes for a slightly uneasy juxtaposition of heritage below and utterly contemporary video installation above. Some might be kinder and call it a dialogue. In any case, the exhibition, Immersive Frames, curated by Javier Calderon who flits between Mexico City and London, features Elizabeth Price (Turner Prize winner 2012), Anna Barnham, Rebecca Lennon and the only bloke, Gabriel Stones. I really like Stones's animated razor-writing and wiggly band aid.
|Studio Myerscough's pavilion|
|Designing 007 exhibition|
Finally to the opening of the Barbican's Designing 007: 50 Years of James Bond exhibition at the Plaza Carso not far from our home. I've seen it before, but it was cramped in Shanghai - here it can really stretch out and impress. I love Bond. The first film came out the year after I was born and I've followed them fairly avidly ever since. What's not to like? The exotic locations, brilliant opening sequences, action, cars, humour, glamorous women... they even have pretty decent story lines now. Nice to see Neil from the Barbican and designer Ab Rogers whom I last saw in Beijing three years ago. Anyway, great show, and with Spectre opening in 10 days time it should have lines round the block.