Timeline

1967
Born, Mexico City
2005
Colecção Teixeira de Freitas. Lisbon, Portugal
2005
Hugo Boss Prize Nominee. USA
2006
DAAD Residency Program. Berlin, Germany
2007
Nominated artist to the Preis Der Nationalgalerie fur junge kunst. Hamburguer Banhof, Germany
Currently lives and works in Mexico City and Berlin

Exhibitions

2013
La Persistencia de la geometría, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City
2013
55th Venice Bienale, Palazzo Enciclopedico, Venice, Italy
2013
México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990, The Modern, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
2013
La ballena negra, X aniversario del MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Vigo (MARCO), Vigo, Spain
2013
Cosmogonia doméstica, Museo Jumex, Mexico (solo)
Damián Ortega, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Apestraction, The Freud Museum, London, UK (solo)
Damián Ortega: The Blast and Other Embers, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (solo)
Spanish Lessons, a Project Organized by Gabriel Orozco, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
América Latina 1960–2013, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France
The Persistence of Geometry, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Parorama. Landscapes 2013-1969, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
2012
Agency of Unrealized Projects, Berliner Künstlerprogramm/DAAD Berlin & project by e-flux and the Serpentine Gallery London
2012
Desplazamientos: arte contemporáneo en la Colección FEMSA, Museo Reyes Meza del Centro Cultural Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
2012
Deslocamentos, Institution Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2012
Bienal de la Habana, Habana, Cuba
2012
Belo Horizonte Project, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (solo)
Traces of gravity, White Cube, London, UK (solo)
The Black Whale, 10th Anniversary of the Marco, Museo de Arte contemporaneo de Vigo, Spain
The 11th Havana Biennial, Cuba
Copenhagen Art Festival, Copenhagen
KADIST: Pathways into a Collection, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Práctica artísticas e imaginarios sociales, 11th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
2011
Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Mexico: Expected/Unexpected, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Life: A User’s Manual, Israel Museum
Damián Ortega, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City (solo)
Tool Bit, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (solo)
2011
En obras, Coleção Teixeira de Freitas, Tea, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Islas Canarias
2011
Distant Star/Estrella Distante, An exhibition around the writings of Roberto Bolaño, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA; kurimanzutto, Mexico City
2011
Antes de la resaca… Una fracción de los noventa de la Colección del MUAC, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City
2011
ALIAS at SITAC, Simposio Internacional de Teoría sobre Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
2010
Pensar Latinoamérica desde la colección MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain
2010
The concrete show, Franco Noero, Torino, Italy
2010
Going International, Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA (solo)
2010
New commission for The Curve, Barbican Center, London, UK (solo)
2010
Kupferstichkabinett,: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK
Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Ordinary Madness, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Post-Monument, XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Carrara, Italy
Autoconstruccion (self-construction), Kurimanzutto, Mexico
The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London (solo)
Damian Ortega, New Balance, Art Basel 41, June 2010 (solo)
2009
Damián Ortega: CAPITAL Less, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself, ICA, Boston, MA (solo)
2009
Where do we go from here?, La Colección Jumex, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA
2009
In and Out of Context, New Museum, New York, USA
2009
Materialista, Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
2009
Desenhos [Drawings]: A-Z, Museu da Cidade, Portugal
2009
Paréntesis, Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Mexico
2008
Recursos incontrolables y otros desplazamientos naturales, MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
2008
Exhibition inaugural new space, kurimanzutto, Mexico City
2008
Champ de Vision, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
2008
Damián Ortega, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
Mexico: Expected / Unexpected, Colección Isabel & Agustin Coppel, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
An Unruly history of the Ready Made, Colección Jumex. Ecatapec. Mexico
That Was Then... This Is Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, NY
Las implicaciones de la imagen, Colección Isabel & Agustin Coppel, MUCA, Mexico City, Mexico
Unitednationsplaza México D.F., Casa Refugio, Mexico City, Mexico
A Skate in the Mud, a Hole in the Reel: Land Art’s Expanded Field 1968–2008, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
2007
Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst 2007, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Escultura social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Nine Types of Terrain, White Cube Hoxton Square, London, UK (solo)
Shimabuko’s Sakepirinha, DAAD Gallery, Berlin (solo)
2007
Man is the Controller of the Universe, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2007
Being, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (solo)
2007
Nine Types of Terrain, White Cube, London, UK (solo)
2007
Obelisco transportable, Public Art Fund, Central Park, New York, USA (solo)
2007
Inversión de poderes, Project for the University of Valencia, Spain (solo)
2007
Sculptures In The Park, Project for Villa Manin, Passariano, Italy (solo)
2006
Los Angeles / Mexico, Complejidades y heterogeneidad, Colección, Museo José Luis Cuevas, Mexico City, Mexico
10 Years of Art & Idea, Art & Idea, Vienna, Austria
Dirty Yoga, Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Open House / Casa Abierta, Centro de Arte Contemporánea, Minas Gerais
El Equilibrio y Sus Derivados, Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico
Metro Pictures, The Moore Space, Miami, FL
4th Berlin Biennial, Berlin, Germany
Zones of Contact, 2006 Biennale of Sydney, SydneySpace is the Place, ICI, New York, NY
Al Confinei Della Realta: Arte Ciencia e Techologia, Benevento, Italy
Dark Matter, White Cube, London, UK
2005
The Beetle Trilogy and Other Works, Gallery at REDCAT (The Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Untitled Project Series, Tate Modern, London (solo)
2005
The Uncertainty Principle, UNTITLED Project Series, Tate Modern (solo)
2004
Damián Ortega, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Spirit and Matter, White Cube, London, UK (solo)
Damián Ortega, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Bazil (solo)
Moby Dick, Kurimanzutto at Mega Comercial Mexicana, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
Solo Los Personajes Cambian, MARCO, Monterrey
Video Mundi, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago / Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
Espacios de Paisaje y Memoria, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
2003
Damián Ortega, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
Elephant Juice (sexo entre amigos), Kurimanzutto at Los Manantiales, Xochimilco
Made in Mexico, ICA Boston, MA / Hammer museum, Los Angeles, CA
A Nova Geometria, Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Il Quotidiano Alterato, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Our Mutual Friend, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
2003
Materia a Energia, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
2002
Cosmic Thing, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (solo)
2002
Damián Ortega, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Damián Ortega, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Do It!, artist project for Frieze magazine, London (solo)
Sublime Artificial/i>, La Capella, Barcelona, Spain
The Air Is Blue, Casa Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico
Arte All Arte, Arte Continua, Italy
Gwanju Biennale, Gwanju, South Korea
Siete Dilemas: Dialogos En El Arte Mexicano, Museo de Arte Moderno, México
2001
Alguem Me Soletra, artist in residence, Museu Serralves, Porto (solo)
Animation, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
Squatters, Museu Serralves, Porto
Squatters, Museum Witte de With, Rotterdam
Ars 2001, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Do It!, Museo de Arte Carrilo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Tirana Biennale, Albania
Escultura Mexicana, De La Academía a La Instalación, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Mutations. La Video Mexicaine Actuelle, Palais Des Arts, Toulouse / Iconoscope, Montpellier
Como Es Que Los Autos No Vuelan Aún, Entro de Las Artes, Monterrey
Metropolis Mexica, Musée de Picardie, Amiens
2000
Galerie Kurimanzutto, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Guarene 2000, Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo Per L’Arte, Torino, Italy
Permanencia Voluntaria, Galería Kurimanzutto Cinemanía, Plaza Loreto, México
supermodernismo (Improvisado), Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México
Puerto Rico 00 (Paréntesis en la Ciudad), Puerto Rico
Videoarte De La Nueva Generacion, Generalli Foundation, Vienna, Austria
1999
Textil d´Indumentaria, Barcelona, Spain
1999
Project Rooms, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo ARCO, Madrid, Spain
1999
Dobles Vidas, Taller General (Abraham Cruzvillegas, Gabriel Kuri y Gabriel Orozco), Museo Barbier-Mueller d´Art Precolombí; Museo
1999
Economía de mercado, kurimanzutto, Mercado de Medellín, Mexico City
1999
Yo y mi circunstancia, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
1999
B.I.F. Bienal Internacional de Fotografía, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
1998
Prepositions II, Musée departamental d´art contemporain, Palace du Rochechouart, France
1998
Yesterday Begins Tomorrow: Ideals, Dreams and Contemporary Awakenings, Center for Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art & Culture, Bard College, New York, USA
1997
Mercurio, comunicacion y dinero, Galería Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico
1997
Lines of Loss, Artists Space, New York, USA
1997
Instalaciones, MACO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
1997
Creación en movimiento, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
1997
Reglas e instintos, Art & Idea, Mexico City (solo)
1995
Nuevas practicas colectivas, Galería Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico
1995
(En Transito) Señales Presentes, Intercambio artístico, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1995
Deux Ex Machina, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City
1994
Temístocles 44, Temístocles 44, Mexico City
1994
Beelden Buiten 1994, Tuin de Brabandere–Tielt, Tielt, Belgium
1994
Tento Onstelling, Galería C.D. Tielt, Belgium
1994
Cronologías, Temístocles 44, Mexico City
1991
Fuerza Viva, Galería Etnia, Mexico City (solo)

Literature

2014
Lee, Nathaniel, "Damián Ortega," Modern Painters, January 2014, p.86.
2013
Damián Ortega: To Do, Mexico: Museo Jumex, 2013.
Damián Ortega: The Blast and Other Embers, Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2013.
Brett, Guy, Helen Molesworth, and Juan Villoro, Parkett 92, Zurich: Parkett-Verlag AG, May 2013.
West, Kevin, "Museo Jumex: Art Nuevo," W magazine, December 17, 2013.
Knight, Christopher. "Review: Museo Jumex in Mexico City is an impressive filter," The Los Angeles Times, December 1, 2013.
2012
Sherwin, Skye, "Artist of the week 204: Damian Ortega," The Guardian, August 23, 2012.
"Conversation: Gabriel Orozco and Damián Ortega," Art in America, September.
Uddin, Zakia, "September, 2012, Damian Ortega at White Cube," whitehotmagazine.com, September 2012.
2011
Defining Contemporary Art—25 years in 200 pivotal artworks, London: Phaidon, 2011.
Paneque, Guillermo, ed., Entre Chien et loup, Works from the Menea Larrucea Collection, Madrid: Iberdrola, 2011.
Jauregui, Gabriela, "Damian Ortega," Frieze, June, July, August 2011.
"A free-for-all spirit breezes into a vast art fair," The New York Times, March 2011.
2010
Adler, Pheobe, Tom Howells, and Nikolaos Kotsopoulos, eds., Contemporary Art in Latin American, London: Black Dog, 2010.
Morgan, Jessica, ed., Do It Yourself: Damian Ortega, New York: Rizzoli, 2010, The Last Newspaper, New York: New Museum, 2010.