1+2 Colección Jumex in Dialogue with the Lowe Art Museum

Kosuth Kosuth
Joseph Kosuth, No Number #001, 1989. Colección Jumex, México
December 1, 2014 – June 21, 2015

This December, the Lowe Art Museum will present the pop-up exhibition 1 + 2, in collaboration with Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo.

This exciting new collaborative exhibition pairs eleven works from the Fundación Jumex with eleven works from the Lowe’s permanent collection. The pairings are not only unexpected, but also distributed throughout the Museum’s galleries, giving rise to provocative aesthetic and intellectual dialogues across space and time. Joseph Kosuths’ No Number #001 (1989, cobalt blue neon), for example, is partnered with a 17th-century Baroque painting of Saint Onuphriusby the Spanish Old Master Jusepe Ribera while John Baldessari’s Sediment: Hand Holding Gun and Portion of a Frame (2010) is coupled with a 6th-century BCE Greek Kore.

The inspiration for this exhibition, according to PatrickCharpenel Corvera, founding director of Museo Jumex, stems from the Belgian epistemologist Jean Piaget’s theory that knowledge works through creating relationships between ideas and things, which make abstract thought possible. Similarly, Charpenel Covera suggests, the measure of an art collection does not depend on the quantity of objects, but rather on the fusion and activation of works which, together, produce meaning. This is what makes each collection unique, with its own universe and personality. Charpenel Covera notes, “If one mixes two art collections, different reactions and accidents in this semantic game are realized, awakening new meanings and significance.”

Dr. Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum, says of this exhibition: “1 + 2 is a remarkable testament to the power of art to stand the test of time and to bridge cultures. The fact that we can bring together such an array of disparate objects and, in doing so, catalyze rich and meaningful conversations – between our audiences and the works of view but also between the pieces themselves, which though mute embody tremendous expressive power – speaks volumes about the critical relevance of art in an increasingly complex world.”

Charpenel Corvera agrees. “This exercise invites us to read the artistic practices that occur within a museum (and the art establishment generally) in an open and sensitive way, allowing for the playful and unexpected connections that may occur between works, and thus enriching our experience,” he said.

The exhibition was organized by Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, in collaboration with the Lowe Art Museum. 

Related Programming

Bubbles & Brunch
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Brunch: 10 a.m., Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive
Dialogue: 11:30 a.m., Storer Auditorium, UM School of Business, 5250 University Drive
Complimentary for Lowe Members, Art Basel VIP card-holders and exhibitors. $10 General Admission.
Come enjoy light refreshments with us at the Museum before convening at Storer Auditorium to listen to our fascinating speakers. This year we are bringing together Washington, DC collectors and philanthropists, Catherine and Wayne Reynolds and Tony Podesta, to discuss Art and Philanthropy. As an added bonus, Eugenio López Alonso, founder of Mexico City’s stunning Museo Jumex, will moderate this conversation among our other esteemed guests.

Kindly Respond by:
Friday, December 5, 2014
305.284.5587 or lowersvp@miami.edu
Complimentary Parking: Pavia Garage

Bubbles & Brunch was made possible through the generosity of Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, HES Group, and HSBC. Lowe Art Museum exhibitions and programs are sponsored by Beaux Arts and the general membership. Additional support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.