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Jorge Méndez Blake

Guadalajara, Mexico. 1974
Diez situaciones poéticas
2019. Casa de México, Madrid, Spain.
Diez situaciones poéticas
2019. Casa de México, Madrid, Spain.
Diez situaciones poéticas
2019. Casa de México, Madrid, Spain.
Diez situaciones poéticas
2019. Casa de México, Madrid, Spain.
Diez situaciones poéticas
2019. Casa de México, Madrid, Spain.
El gran poema inexacto del siglo XX
2019. XIII Bienal de la Habana, Cuba.
El gran poema inexacto del siglo XX
2019. XIII Bienal de la Habana, Cuba.
El gran poema inexacto del siglo XX
2019. XIII Bienal de la Habana, Cuba.
El gran poema inexacto del siglo XX
2019. XIII Bienal de la Habana, Cuba.
El gran poema inexacto del siglo XX
2019. XIII Bienal de la Habana, Cuba.
Das Kapital
2018. Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez, Bogotá, Colombia.
Empty Library
2018. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Empty Library
2018. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Dismantled Language (Americas 1500)
2018. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Dismantled Language (Americas 1500)
2018. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Dismantled Language (Americas 1500)
2018. Guadalajara, Mexico.
A Message from the Emperor
2017. Marfa Contemporary, Texas, United States.
A Message from the Emperor
2017. Marfa Contemporary, Texas, United States.
A Message from the Emperor
2017. Marfa Contemporary, Texas, United States.
A Message from the Emperor
2017. Marfa Contemporary, Texas, United States.
A Message from the Emperor
2017. Marfa Contemporary, Texas, United States.
Projects pour une posible littérature
2015. La Kunsthalle Centre d'Art Contemporain Mulhouse, France. Curated by Sandrine Wymann.
Projects pour une posible littérature
2015. La Kunsthalle Centre d'Art Contemporain Mulhouse, France. Curated by Sandrine Wymann.
Projects pour une posible littérature
2015. La Kunsthalle Centre d'Art Contemporain Mulhouse, France. Curated by Sandrine Wymann.
Projects pour une posible littérature
2015. La Kunsthalle Centre d'Art Contemporain Mulhouse, France. Curated by Sandrine Wymann.
Traslaciones topográficas de la Biblioteca Nacional
2015. MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo), Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Amanda de la Garza and Alejandra Labastida.
Traslaciones topográficas de la Biblioteca Nacional
2015. MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo), Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Amanda de la Garza and Alejandra Labastida.
Traslaciones topográficas de la Biblioteca Nacional
2015. MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo), Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Amanda de la Garza and Alejandra Labastida.
Traslaciones topográficas de la Biblioteca Nacional
2015. MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo), Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Amanda de la Garza and Alejandra Labastida.
Project for a Park Library
2014. MCA Denver, United States. Curated by Nora Abrams.
Project for a Park Library
2014. MCA Denver, United States. Curated by Nora Abrams.
Project for a Park Library
2014. MCA Denver, United States. Curated by Nora Abrams.
All the Calvino Books (and Other Stories)
2012. Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy. Curated by Anna Lovecchio.
All the Calvino Books (and Other Stories)
2012. Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy. Curated by Anna Lovecchio.
All the Calvino Books (and Other Stories)
2012. Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy. Curated by Anna Lovecchio.
La marquesa salió a las cinco... Jorge Méndez Blake
2010. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.
La marquesa salió a las cinco... Jorge Méndez Blake
2010. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.
La marquesa salió a las cinco... Jorge Méndez Blake
2010. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.
La marquesa salió a las cinco... Jorge Méndez Blake
2010. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.
Todos los libros de poesía (All the Poetry Books)
2010. Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, United States.
Todos los libros de poesía (All the Poetry Books)
2010. Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, United States.
Todos los libros de poesía (All the Poetry Books)
2010. Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, United States.
Todos los libros de poesía (All the Poetry Books)
2010. Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, United States.

The work of Méndez Blake explores the possible intersections between literature, visual arts and architecture, fusing different historic and geographical elements, provoking new readings on the role of language in our culture. The artist employs analysis and synthesis as tools to transform the narrative and the poetic into visual compositions, attempting to shed a light on the material aspects that are implied in the act of writing. Similarly, Méndez Blake has devoted a significant part of his work to studying libraries as relational systems in which historical and cultural dimensions of a given context converge.

His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in museums such as Casa de México en España; Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France; MARFA Contemporary; the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Museum of Latin-American Art, LA, USA; Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Geneva, Italy and in Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Tamayo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico.

His work has been part of group shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne, La Maison Rouge and the Musée Mac/Val in Paris, France; the Bass Museum in Miami, the Aspen Art Museum, the Artspace in New Haven, Hessel Museum of Art in NY and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in the USA; at the Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires, Argentina; at the Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander and Casa Encendida, Madrid, in Spain; at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and Frankendael Foundation in Amsterdam, Netherlands; the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; the ASU Museum of Art, Phoenix, USA; in BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland. At the Fundación JUMEX, the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, the Museo Nacional de Arte, the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City; MARCO, Monterrey; Instituto Cultural Cabañas and Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Guadalajara and Museo Amparo in Puebla, among others.

He has also participated in the XIII Biennale of La Habana, Cuba, with a project at the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí (2019); the Rashid Karami International Fair, Tripoli, Lebanon (2018); the NGV Triennale, Melbourne, Australia (2017); the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); SABER DESCONOCER, 43 Salón (Inter) Nacional de Artistas, Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia (2013) and was a recipient of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Grant Program Miami, USA (2012). Currently he is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in Mexico.

His work is part of the following collections: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Sayago & Pardon Collection , USA; Pérez Collection, Miami; Museo Amparo, Mexico; Deutsche Bank Collection; Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; Philara Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany; Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico; Colección del pueblo de Jalisco; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico.

He lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Desmantelando a Villaurrutia (Nostalgia de la muerte. Nocturno)
2017. Acrylic on linen. 152.3 x 122 cm
Detalle Desmantelando a Villaurrutia
All Beckett's Endings II
2015. Archival print on cotton paper. 444 x 81 cm.
Telón III / Curtain III
2016. Coloured pencil on paper. 120x150 cm.
Mending Wall (Robert Frost)
2015. Metal, wood, methacrylate, glass. 300x120x100 cm.
Black pavilion / Open Library
2013. Mixed Media. Variable dimensions
A Constellation I, II, III,
2011. Wood, Books. 100x70x20 cm.
Selected Poems
2014. Neon. 7x85 cm.
Marxxx
2009. Neon. 20x65 cm.
Library on a Balcony
2009. Methacrylate, wood and metal. 91x35x35 cm.
From an Unfinished Work (The Mysterious Stranger)
2014. Aluminium, enamel, serography, lacquer. 8 x 8 x 8 cm
From an Unfinished Work (The Mysterious Stranger)
2014. Aluminium, enamel, serograph, lacquer. 8 x 8 x 8 cm
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SALA DE ARTE SANTANDER, MADRID, SP | Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake & Alexandre Estrela

Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake and Alexandre Estrela are part of a group exhibition  “There will never be a door. You are inside.” curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas at Sala de Arte Santander will remain on view until June 9th. 

INSTITUTO CULTURAL HOSPICIO CABAÑAS, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO | JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE, JOSE DÁVILA, GONZALO LEBRIJA

After traveling through MCA DENVER and ASU Phoenix, the exhibition ‘SABER ACOMODAR: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now’ returns to Guadalajara, from where the exhibiting artists originate. The works of Jorge Méndez Blake, Jose Dávila and Gonzalo Lebrija can be seen from the end of July onwards at the Instituto Cultural Hospicio Cabañas.

MEGARON OF ATHENS, GREECE | JORGE MENDEZ BLAKE

Jorge Méndez Blake is part of the exhibition “The last reader” curated by Anna Kafetsi at the Megaron of Athens, garden & project space, until September 16th  2018.