An Exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Spain to Showcase Works by Mexican Artists from the Collection of Lorena Pérez-Jácome and Javier Lumbreras

Madrid, June 4, 2024 – The Mexican Cultural Institute in Spain, part of the Embassy of Mexico, will host the exhibition Inside Heaven from June 13th to October 18thcelebrating the talent of distinguished Mexican artists from the private collection of Lorena Pérez-Jácome and Javier Lumbreras, founders of Collegium. The exhibition, curated by Aldones Nino, aims to strengthen cultural ties between Mexico – Pérez-Jácome's home country – and Madrid, where the couple currently resides.

The opening will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 7 pm, featuring speeches from the Cultural Attaché of Mexico in Spain, Jorge Abascal Andrade; the curator, Aldones Nino; and participating artists. A cocktail will be offered courtesy of the tequila brand Cuervo.

This title is inspired by the poem "Inside Heaven" by Nezahualcóyotl, a monarch, poet, architect, and pillar of pre-Hispanic thought. The evocation of heaven as a space of self-determination and mystery in Nezahualcóyotl's poetry is reflected in the creative processes of the artists featured. Through their works, themes such as geological age, complex writing processes, self-representation, and territorial resonances are explored. The question posed in the poem, "Where will we truly go?" serves as a metaphor for artistic creation.

Lorena Pérez-Jácome, collector and philanthropist, has lent works from the collection she shares with her husband, Javier Lumbreras, to promote the culture of her native country in Spain. This exhibition not only highlights the richness and diversity of contemporary Mexican art but also underscores Pérez-Jácome's commitment to connecting with the Mexican community in Madrid and fostering culture as an element of unity and cohesion. This exhibition is particularly significant as it is the first time the collection focuses exclusively on artists from a specific geography, offering a panoramic view of Mexico's vibrant artistic landscape.

A public program of activities will be announced throughout the exhibition's duration, providing various opportunities for the public to engage and expand their knowledge of Mexican culture through the displayed works.

The exhibition includes works by artists Carlos Amorales, Damián Ortega, Elizabeth Calzado, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Pepe Mar, Jorge Méndez Blake, Juan Pablo Macías, Mariana Castillo Deball, Mario García Torres, Ricardo Rendón, Tania Pérez Córdova, and Teresa Margolles.

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