Abraham Cruzvillegas — The Autoconstrucción Suites

EXHIBITION 25.01 – 25.05.14

"Autocontrucción" (auto-construction) is the term Abraham Cruzvillegas (born 1968) uses to describe his art, the roots of which lie in the improvised construction methods and techniques of his native Mexico City. In this exhibition, the first major survey of his artistic career to be presented in Europe, Cruzvillegas combines his dynamic sculptural language with natural materials and found objects. He thus blurs the boundaries between art and craft and between industrial and manual production. For the Mexican artist, the sculptural form is a process of change, action, solidarity, and transformation. Over the past decade, Cruzvillegas has created an impressive body of work that reflects his interest in the forms and matter surrounding Ajusco, a volcanic area south of the Mexican capital.

A rural exodus led to the creation of self-built settlements in the area during the 1960s. The unstable economic status of many of the migrants led them to build their own houses, usually without a foundation or a blueprint. The use of materials and construction techniques were mostly improvised, and people built their homes using what was freely available in the area. The DIY projects reflected the specific needs of the families involved – their growth, crises and adaptations to important events: Someone needed an extra room, had to rebuild a roof, or wanted to change or eliminate a space. The entire community of family members and neighbors was involved in the creation of the self-built settlement, making this "autoconstrucción" a product of human solidarity. Abraham Cruzvillegas lived in the Ajusco settlement "for the first 20 years of his life" and observed the gradual construction of his parents' home, helping to shape it.

Between 2005 and 2012, Cruzvillegas lived in different places in Europe, Asia, and the United States and incorporated the various environmental conditions into his work. "Bougie du Isthmus" (2005), for example, was inspired by an improvised device, which the anglers in Istanbul attach to tires so they can fish without using their hands. Even in Scotland, where Cruzvillegas lived in 2008, he worked with materials from his immediate surroundings: Wool, sheep manure, chicken wire, discarded furniture, cardboard, stones, and grass – a "local economy", as he calls it."Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites" is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA, and presented by Haus der Kunst.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is generously provided by Nelly and Moisés Cosío Espinosa, the Rose Francis Foundation, Gabriela and Ramiro Garza, Eugenio Lopez, Leni and David Moore, Jr., Donna and Jim Pohlad, Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney, and Marge and Irv Weiser.

The exhibition at Haus der Kunst in Munich has been generously supported by Thomas Dane Gallery, London / Regen Projects, Los Angeles / Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris / kurimanzutto, Mexico City


Abraham Cruzvillegas — The Autoconstrucción Suites

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Exhibition catalogue

Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites

With texts by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Patricia Falguières, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Sergio González Rodríguez, Catalina Lozano, and David Miranda. MORE

Picture Gallery


In the press

Review in Artforum on Abraham Cruzvillegas

Review on the exhibition "Abraham Cruzvillegas — The Autoconstrucción Suites" in Artforum published October, 2013 MORE


EXHIBITION

Pictures in Time — Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst

25.01 – 15.06.14

"Pictures in Time" is devoted to the relationship between the picture and the moving image – the slowness of these images draws attention to aspects of the subject, the composition and time. MORE


Activity sheets

New: Riddle rally for parents and children

Activity sheets on the exhibition "Abraham Cruzvillegas — The Autoconstrucción Suites" MORE


In the press

Review in Frieze on the exhibition "Abraham Cruzvillegas — Autodestrucción 2"

Review in Frieze on the exhibition "Abraham Cruzvillegas — Autodestrucción 2" at Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City MORE


Interview

Interview: Abraham Cruzvillegas und Haegue Yang

Interview between Haegue Yang and Abraham Cruzvillegs, published in Bomb Magazin in summer 2013. MORE


Video

Abraham Cruzvillegas — Interview

Interview with Abraham Cruzvillegas in his studio about collecting objects, using them for his works, and his next of kind. MORE


Video

Abraham Cruzvillegas — Interview

Interview with Abraham Cruzvillegas about the influence of music in his practice, Part I MORE


Audio

Abraham Cruzvillegas — Soundfiles

For his piece "AC Mobile", a mobile sound system made of recycled bicycles, Abraham Cruzvillegas wrote eighteen songs, which were interpreted by various Glasgow bands. MORE


Video

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Exhibition Film

Video on the exhibition by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas "The Autoconstrucción Suites". MORE


Worksheets

Worksheets on "Abraham Cruzvillegas — The Autoconstrucción Suites"

Worksheets on topics related to the exhibition "Abraham Cruzvillegas — The Autoconstrucción Suites" can be downloaded here (in German). MORE


Poster

Abraham Cruzvillegas

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Poster

Abraham Cruzvillegas

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