Press Release: Sustancia-SUSTANCIAS

Collegium is developing an educational, research and experimental center for contemporary art designed by the well-known Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao. The project involves rescuing one of the earliest Jesuit colleges dating from the end of the 16th century and located in the town of Arévalo, in the Spanish region of Castilla y León.

Exhibition program:

Open for Works – 22 · 02 · 22

Open for Works is a string of exhibitions that initiate Collegium during its growth and structural development phase.

San Martín Church, which hosted the well-received exhibition “Las Edades del Hombre” (The Ages of Man) a few years back, serves as the backdrop for Open for works. For its destined role as an art gallery, the venue needed to undergo a fundamental revamp to accommodate contemporary art with architectural and historical heritage. This involved a radical overhaul of the whole setting, upgrading the space to strict museum standards.

The Collector’s Program at the ARCO 2022 Art Fair includes the opening of the exhibition Substance - SUBSTANCES curated by Mexican Patrick Charpenel. The exhibition is rooted in a critical reading of the Baroque style's traditional principles. It provides a fresh exploration into the sense and meaning produced by culture makers in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The exhibition displays the 80 etchings that constitute Francisco de Goya’s series Los Caprichos (1799) side by side with the works of contemporary artists from 17 different countries[1], including Maurizio Cattelan and David Hammons, among others.
Taking off on such a distinguished note, the Open for Works series offers a look at contemporary art and local history, reviving and reworking the global Jesuit spirit, not from a religious perspective but grounded in education and culture as a basis for building a future where different voices and views may be heard and interact.
Media relations contact:
Lorena Pérez-Jácome
E: lorena.perez-jacome@collegium.art

Daniel Fabris
E: daniel.fabris@collegium.art

San Ignacio de Loyola
05200 Arévalo, Ávila

About Patrick Charpenel
Guadalajara, Mexico, 1967
Lives and works in New York, USA.

A philosopher by trade, Charpenel has worked intensively as a curator and collector, highlighting the paradoxes and ambiguities of the contemporary world. He has presented many exhibitions in various venues in and out of Mexico. These include: Gabriel Orozco, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Paseos/Walks by the artist Francis Alÿs, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Franz West, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Inter play, Moore Space, Miami. He has also published critical articles in specialist journals.

For three years until 2015, he was the director of Colección/Fundación JUMEX. From 2015 to 2018, he and Eugenia Braniff were jointly in charge of the curatorial program Casa Barragán Estancia FEMSA. Currently, he is co-founder and director of the publishing house Ediciones MP and occupies the post of director of the El Museo del Barrio in New York, USA.

For over a decade, he has worked closely with Collegium and has been key to shaping its identity with Alfonso Alfaro and architecture firm Tatiana Bilbao Estudio.

It is expected that the center will host a total area of over 160,000 square feet, including 60,000 square feet dedicated to exhibitions alone. In addition, the facilities will be equipped to accommodate a wide variety of artistic practices transforming the way we experiment with art in the 21st century.

[1] Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, The Bahamas, USA, Canada, Argentina, Poland, Portugal, Belgium, Egypt, Iraq, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Scotland, and Peru.

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