Eduardo Abaroa (Mexican, born )

Eduardo Abaroa (Mexican, b.1968) is a mixed-media Contemporary artist based in Mexico City, Mexico. From 1988 to 1999, he studied at La Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City, and, in 2001, received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, CA. In the 1990s, he established Temistocles 44, an artist-run space where he continues to have his own studio today. He has exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA; PS 1 in New York, NY; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA; the Reina Sofía National Museum in Madrid, Spain; and various other galleries and museums in Mexico, Europe, and the United States.

Abaroa’s sculpture installations attempt to open up a dialogue about the social and political atmosphere in Mexico and abroad. In his March 2012, exhibit at Kurimanzutto Gallery in Mexico City, Destrucción Total del Museo de Antropología (Destruction of the Museum of Anthropology) included a pile of rubble from the museum, a video ending with the detonation of a monolith near the entrance of the museum, and plans for the museum’s demolition. The installation echoes Robert Smithson’s Non-site works. The Museo de Antropología was built immediately after the Mexican Revolution as a way of honoring Mexico’s indigenous culture. Abaroa sees the museum as a symbol of Mexican nationalism that needs to be rebuilt through destruction.

In June 2012, Abaroa collaborated with Chinese artist Yang Zhenzhong on The Gift Exchange. For five months, the two artists corresponded about their respective cultures in regards to material culture. Abaroa felt that a gift exchange can be a competition about who can create the most imaginative gift, as well as a display of power (gifts in return for favors), and the creation of an expectation of reciprocity.

Abaroa currently lives and works in Mexico City.

Timeline

1968
Born in Ciudad de Mexico
1999
California Institute of the Arts

Exhibitions

2008
Las Implicaciones de la Imagen (The implications of image), Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte - MUCA, Mexico City
2008
Scene\Seen: Recent Acquisitions from the Luckman Fine Arts Complex Permanent Collection, 1979-2006, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Inventario, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
2007
Poetics of the Handmade, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2007
La era de la discrepancia, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte - MUCA, Mexico City
2006
el equilibrio y sus derivados, Casa del Lago, Mexico City
2006
Technocraft, Wignall Museum/Gallery, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
2006
Sociedad Internacional de Valores Artisticos Mexicanos, Galeria Casa Lamm, Mexico City
2005
Xe Salon d'art Bancomer. ArtéFACTS, Institut du Mexique à Paris, Paris
2005
Eco - Arte contemporaneo mexicano, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid
2005
Contiene Glutamato, Galería OMR, Mexico City
2005
Eduardo Abaora - la cuesta de enero, kurimanzutto, Mexico City (solo)
2004
Eduardo Abaroa, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2004
X Salón de Arte Bancomer, Fundación BBVA Bancomer, Mexico City
2004
Strange Planet, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2004
Sólo los personajes cambian, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL
2004
Multitasquin, Galería OMR, Mexico City
2003
Elephant Juice (o sexo entre amigos), kurimanzutto, Mexico City
2003
Still Waters, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
2003
Eduardo Abaroa, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York City, NY (solo)
2002
New Sculpture, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
2002
Zebra Crossing, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2002
7 dilemas, Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico City, Mexico City
2002
Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island
2002
Monitor volume 2, Gagosian Gallery - 24th Street, New York City, NY
2002
Eduardo Abaroa - Rubén Ortiz-Torres - Calimocho Styles, Galería OMR, Mexico City
2001
Axiomatic Arcade, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2000
Erógena, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent
2000
Pleasure Treasure: Recent Acquisitions from the Collections of Eileen and Peter Norton,Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Kurimanzutto, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris