Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield
opens in Mexico City

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An art gallery designed by David Chipperfield Architects to showcase the largest private art collection in Latin America opened this weekend in Mexico City (+ slideshow).

Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield opens in Mexico City

Museo Jumex presents a selection of pieces from the Colección Jumex, an assemblage of over 2000 artworks by contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean, as well as Mexican artists including Abraham Cruzvillegas and Mario García Torres.

Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield opens in Mexico City

London firm David Chipperfield Architects collaborated with local studio TAAU on the design of the building, which features walls of concrete and locally sourced white travertine, as well as a sawtooth roof that brings natural light into the top floor galleries.

Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield opens in Mexico City

Fourteen columns raise the base of the structure, allowing the ground floor to open out to a surrounding public plaza.

Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield opens in Mexico City

The new museum more than doubles the exhibition space of the collection's existing home and is located in the industrial district of Nuevo Polanco, beside the anvil-shaped Museo Soumaya completed by FREE Fernando Romero EnterprisE in 2011.

Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield opens in Mexico City

According to the architects, the structure "appears as a freestanding pavilion that corresponds to the eclectic nature of the neighbouring buildings".

Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield opens in Mexico City

The museum is also hosting a programme of educational activities and temporary exhibitions, including the first show by American artist Cy Twombly in Latin America.

  • g

    Superb!

  • Steeevyo

    Beautiful!

  • Stephen

    Not a big fan of that I’m afraid. Obviously the interiors are very Chipperfield and look great (to my mind) but I don’t think I can get over the hulking great, faceless mass on the bottom picture. Seems very defensive and without any real sense of a human scale. Gives very little away to the passers by on what looks a busy walkway. Chipperfield seems to do this occasionally (I feel the same about the Barcelona City of Justice), where we get big dystopian chunk that makes me think I’m in 1984, although his Am Kupfergraben is an all-time favourite.

  • Leo

    I don’t like the walls around the building, but apart from that it is very beautiful.

  • El Jiji

    It sort of looks more Mario Botta-ish than I expected. Thoroughly enjoyable though.

  • Chris MacDonald

    Thoroughly dislike the exterior form (lovely material though). I love the interior. I find it hard to believe that interior couldn’t have been achieved without a far better external form.

  • JFK

    Looks a lot like the museum of Bavarian history? Oh, OODA?

  • Masoud

    For a museum, I like it. I like it a lot. Especially the exterior, the openings in the facade, the columns that hold the structure up. It’s fantastic.