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Guadalajara & Mexico City

Join Desert X for an insider’s trip to Mexico for both PreMaco and Zona Maco from February 3–11, 2023. Enjoy exclusive access to private collections and artists’ studios and join as a VIP to the art fairs and invitation-only events. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is open to Leadership Circle members only.

Scroll down for the Guadalajara and Mexico City trip highlights, and download the brochure for more information and pricing.

To reserve your spot please contact Diane Mailey, Director of Development.

Download the Guadalajara & Mexico City trip brochure & pricing information

Guadalajara, February 3–6, 2023

The artist Eduardo Sarabia in front of a work in progress at his studio in Guadalajara. Photo by Ricardo Ramos.

The artist Eduardo Sarabia in front of a work in progress at his studio in Guadalajara. Photo by Ricardo Ramos.

José Noé Suro at Cerámica Suro, Guadalajara. Photo by Maj Lindstrom.

José Noé Suro at Cerámica Suro, Guadalajara. Photo by Maj Lindstrom.

Blue agave fields in Jalisco, Mexico.

Blue agave fields in Jalisco, Mexico.

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The trip to Guadalajara will revolve around Pre-Maco, a preview of Zona Maco and private visits to the most outstanding contemporary art spaces in Guadalajara.
Accommodation at a luxury boutique hotel.

GALLERIES
Private visits to the top contemporary art and design galleries such as Curro, Páramo, Travesía Cuatro at Casa Franco centered around the representation of Spanish and Mexican artists, in the Casa Franco, a home designed by Guadalajara-born architect Luis Barragán.

ARTIST STUDIO VISITS
A curated selection of visits to the studios of the most relevant artists in the contemporary art scene in Guadalajara such as Eduardo Sarabia, Ghada Amer, and Cerámica Suro with José Noé Suro, José Davila, Gabriel Rico, among others.

MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
– Museo de Arte de Zapopan, contemporary art museum located in the Historic Center.
– Hospicio Cabañas considered some of the masterpieces of Mexican art including the work of José Clemente Orozco, one of the greatest Mexican muralists of the period.
– Luis Barragán’s architectural works such as Casa Cristo, Templo del Calvario inspired by the long sunsets of the Jalisco haciendas with profound elements of the Arab world.

CULINARY EXPERIENCES at the most sought restaurants and bars such as La Docena Oyster Bar & Grill, Restaurante Alcalde named as One to Watch in 2016 before ranking as the Highest New Entry in 2017’s Latin America’s 50 Best, La Latina, La Panga del Impostor, Gaspar Bistro, Suheiro and other prestigious restaurants in Guadalajara.

SPECIAL DAY TRIP TO TEQUILA JALISCO hosted by Mexican collector Juan Domingo Beckman and the Cuervo family for the annual signature outdoor cocktail event located in the middle of the tequila agaves.

Mexico City, February 6 – 11, 2023

Carla Fernández & Pedro Reyes in their studio/home in Mexico City. Photo by Ana Hop, courtesy of Friedman Benda.

Carla Fernández & Pedro Reyes in their studio/home in Mexico City. Photo by Ana Hop, courtesy of Friedman Benda.

Artist Pia Camil in her studio in Mexico City.

Artist Pia Camil in her studio in Mexico City.

Espacio escultórico UNAM, Mexico City.

Espacio escultórico UNAM, Mexico City.

A detail at Enrique Olvera’s Pujol Restaurant. Photo courtey Pujol, Mexico City

A detail at Enrique Olvera’s Pujol Restaurant. Photo courtey Pujol, Mexico City

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The trip will revolve around Mexico City Art Week with special and private events, the art fairs’ VIP programs, as well as exclusive activities for Desert X.
Accommodation at a luxury 5-star hotel.

ART FAIRS
Zona Maco, the largest art fair platform in Latin America, the satellite art fairs of Salón Acme at the historical venue of Prim, Material Art Fair (to be confirmed).

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND HOMES
A selection of private collection visits such as Rudy F. Weissenberg and Rodman Primack home base in Mexico City, who found inspiration in the country’s flourishing design
scene; Eugenio López Alonso, pioneer in the realm of contemporary art collecting in Mexico and Gabriela and Ramiro Garza couple who is surrounded by a blue-chip collection that includes work by Richard Prince, Christopher Wool and more; Tania and Roberto Sesma.

ARTIST STUDIO VISITS
A curated selection of visits to the studios of the most relevant artists in the contemporary art scene in Mexico such as: Pía Camil, Hector Zamora, Paloma Contreras, Artist Pedro Reyes and fashion designer Carla Fernández, Damián Ortega, Ana Segovia, Tania Candiani, Zhivago Duncan, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, Minerva Cuevas, Barbara Sánchez Kane, among others.

MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
– Museo Tamayo’s annual Gala
– Casa Estudio Luis Barragán, one of the most internationally transcendent works of contemporary architecture
– Diego Rivera’s Museo Anahuacalli, imposing edifice styled after a Teotihuacan “god-house” made from black volcanic stone
– Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, a large contemporary art museum on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Espacio Escultórico UNAM

GALLERIES
Private visits to the most outstanding contemporary art and design galleries such as kurimanzutto, Labor, OMR, Nordenhake, Mascota, Ago Projects, among others.

CULINARY EXPERIENCES with the top chefs in Mexico at the most sought restaurants and bars such as Pujol by world renowned chef Enrique Olvera; Contramar, the buzzy, vibrant, and enduringly popular seafood restaurant by chef and restaurateur Gabriela Cámara and other restaurants such as Maximo Bistrot, San Angel Inn, Masala y Maiz, Meroma, Quintonil, and more.