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Mexico’s great female sculptor

Photo: Academia de Artes

Photo: Academia de Artes

Ángela Gurría has created her own universe of space and matter using iron and stone. Other materials, such as cantera (quarry) and marble, are transformed into pieces charged with feeling and life when touched by this living legacy of sculpture. Up until now, most of her work had remained sheltered in museums and galleries. In true Morenita form, we open the door to privately-owned sculpture atriums for a most exclusive viewing of La Dama de la Escultura’s work.

Photo Arte Hoy

Photo Arte Hoy

A CDMX native, Ángela studied Spanish literature at UNAM and began her career as a sculptor in 1951, mentored by the great Germán Cueto, founder of the Academia de las Artes. During those early days, Angela had to sign up for competitions and exhibitions under the alias Alberto Urías, because at that time female artists were not eligible to win scholarships or enter contests. However, due to her great artistic talent, in 1973 she became the first woman to be part of the Academia.

Photo Arte Hoy

Photo Arte Hoy

Among her many awards, Angela won first place in the category "Sculpture integrated to Architecture" of the Third Sculpture Biennial, Gold Medal at the Art Academy of Lavoro (Italy) and National Prize of Arts and Sciences in the Fine Area Arts.

Photo Arte Hoy

Photo Arte Hoy

Despite being a symbol of monumental urban sculpture, Angela has also worked on smaller pieces that reflect her dreams and her great Mexican soul, creating works that exalt our pre-hispanic roots, which are available for purchase via the Morenita Private Art Tour.

Photo by: Arte Hoy.

Photo by: Arte Hoy.

Morenita Experience offers today’s global traveler never-before-seen access to the genius of Angela Gurria, the most important living female sculptor in Mexico, as well as other great masters such as Arno Avilés, Vicente Rojo and Antonio Chemor, through our CDMX luxury travel experiences, which are designed to delight & impress the most discerning art collectors.

Photo Arte Hoy

Photo Arte Hoy


INSIGNIA PIECE
Positive and negative diptych skull, 2011
Quarry
25 x 15 x 8 in
Representation of duality: life-death, negative-positive, low-high relief. These five skulls reiterate the strength of duality our pre-Hispanic ancestors cultivated.

Jewish History of Mexico

Photo by: Sinagoga Justo Sierra.

Photo by: Sinagoga Justo Sierra.

I’ve been wanting to showcase the history of the Jewish people in Mexico and am so pleased to officially launch this new Morenita Tour. Here are some details:

Your guide is none other than Monica Unikel-Fasja, the director of the first synagogue in Mexico. She is the granddaughter of Polish-Jewish immigrants, and for more than 24 years, has dedicated herself to trace the legacy of Jewish migration in the early 20th century in the streets of the downtown of our Mexican capital.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

Her experience led her to participate in the restoration of the Justo Sierra Synagogue, a space that for the last decade has operated as a cultural center. Monica is also the author of the book "Synagogues of Mexico" and producer of the television documentary "The synagogue of Jesus Mary and other stories".

Photo by: Sefarad Asturias.

Photo by: Sefarad Asturias.

In this guided morning walk, guests encounter the living history of neighborhoods where Armenian, Lebanese, Spaniards and Eastern European Jews cohabited. Monica will take you into what once-were Kosher butcher shops and grocery stores that sold "der alter heim" (household goods), Yiddish bakeries and houses of prayer and study.

In Jesus Maria Street, you’ll visit the old shops where Jewish tailors made socks and underwear. There too are the patios of the "vecindades" (ghettos) where the Jews nurtured their social life and learned Mexican traditions. Monica will explain how during the process of cultural adaptation, polish immigrants replaced their names with Mexican versions - for example Masha became Maria.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

Photo by: Morenita Experience.

The grand finale of the route takes place in the same synagogue our hostess presides over. The enclosure is a faithful copy of a temple in Shavel, Lithuania. Once inside, you’ll see how it is divided into two floors: the upper gallery benches are occupied by women, while the lower ones are assigned to men and children, and in this part there are the sacred scrolls of the Torah.

Behind the bimá, the pulpit from which the prayers are directed, is an arc called "arón hakodesh", which protects the sacred texts under a blue velvet curtain.

For availability and rates on this fascinating Morenita Tour please email: info@morenitaexperience.com

CDMX Hot Spots: Interior Design

I’m not gonna lie to you: the shopping here is insane and each year it gets better and better. We could (and prolly should) have an entire travel agency that’s all about shopping in Mexico, but for now these are three pretty cool design stores you should visit next time you’re in La Capital.

Marisol Centeno

Photo: Bi-Yuu

Photo: Bi-Yuu

Textiles are one of the things we do best here in Mexico. To celebrate the legacy of female weavers, Marisol Centeno showroom has created the Bi Yuu brand, dedicated exclusively to designing rugs and other textile decoration designs, via the most delicate hands of indigenous communities. Her extraordinary work is certified by GoodWeave, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating social programs in Afghanistan, India and Nepal.

Photo: Bi-Yuu

Photo: Bi-Yuu

Its founder, Marisol Centeno has presented collections at Dubai Design Week, Rufino Tamayo Museum, Franz Mayer Museum, Museum of the Americas in Denver, National Center for the Arts, Mexico Space in Montreal, Design Week Mexico, among many others. She has collaborated with both national and international brands and architecture firms. In 2013 she was recognized as The Best Handmade Designer by CasaViva magazine and received the Possible Winner Award, an organization that recognizes entrepreneurs who solve social problems through a business model. Visits to the showroom are RSVP only.

IG: @biyuumx
www.biyuu.mx

Nouvel

Photo: Nouvel Studio

Photo: Nouvel Studio

Nouvel Studio is an artistic workshop dedicated to experimentation and development of glass. After several years of perfecting techniques, its artisans have become an elite network that is able to respond to any need and project, taking them to unimaginable dimensions!

Photo: Nouvel Studio

Photo: Nouvel Studio

The artist's catalog includes the names of Emiliano Godoy, member of the Advisory Board of Unesco; Ezequiel Farca, Quorum Award to the best designer in Mexico (2003) and creator of more than 50 interior design projects alongside renowned Mexican architects Enrique Norten and Teodoro González de León; and, Ricardo Legorreta, the famous architect who designed the Papalote Museo del Niño (Mexico City’s award-winning children’s museum) and Grupo Habita’s La Purificadora boutique hotel & Polanco’s Camino Real. He is the only Mexican who has received the prestigious Praemium Imperiale awarded by the Art Association of Japan (2011).

IG: @nouvelstudio
www.nouvelstudio.com

Onora

Photo: Onora Studio

Photo: Onora Studio

This artisan design studio has been creating textiles and home accessories for over 15 years. Onora’s collections reinterpret traditional designs giving them an aesthetic and contemporary use that reflect a refined, casual and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Photo: Onora Studio

Photo: Onora Studio

They have the backing of architects and interior design specialists to develop customized concepts, which give a most unique personality to the simplest of spaces. Its service ranges from the production of exclusive pieces by request to curating an environment that integrates the essence of the brand: collaboration, tradition and relaxed luxury.

IG: @onoracasa
www.onoracasa.com

Behind the scenes: Zona Maco & Material Art Fairs 2019

At Morenita we have our finger on the pulse of Mexican culture and are committed to showcasing it through luxury travel experiences. Here are scenes of the most important international art fairs in LatAm, hosted in México City last February 2019 where our clients enjoyed VIP access, early viewings and one-on-one's with the most relevant artists & gallerists.

Art opening at Taller138

Behind the scenes:

Taller138 art gallery in CDMX

Our closest collaborators for Morenita Private Art Tours helped us kick-off the 2019 art fair season in style. Here’s some behind the scenes from their latest expo. Taller138 is owned by art dealer and architect/interior designer husband-wife duo, Mario Llaca and Cristina Cialona. They’ve managed to combine the very best works by México City painters and sculptors, a studio space to take care of business, and a backyard eatery, Maria Ciento38 inspired by Cristina’s Sicilian roots.

This first opening exhibit of the year showcases works by Bienal Tamayo-winning artists like Daniel Lezama & Cisco Jimenez, as well as talents Paulina Jaimes, Amor Muñoz, Fernanda Brunet and Ray Smith.

The Morenita Private Art Tour gives serious art buyers exclusive access to collections and closed-door viewings not open to the public. We work side by side with brilliant art dealers like Mario and Cristina of Taller138, to offer one-of-a-kind tailored experiences.