Jimenez - Colon Collection
Jose Davila
Exercise of the possible
Davila, Jose
Born in 1974, Guadalajara, Mexico
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico

Education

1993-98 Architecture School, ITESO University, Guadalajara
1993 Sculpture, Fine arts Academy of San Miguel de Allende

Residencies / Grants

2013 Hotel El Ganzo, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur

2003-2004 Residency at Kunstwerke, Berlin

2004 Residency at Ecole cantonal d’art du Valais, Sierre

2001 Residency at Camden Arts Centre, London, supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation

2000-2001 Recipient of the Mexican Arts Council Grant for young artists FONCA
2000 Residency at Braziers International workshop, Oxfordshire

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Shadow as Rumour, Max Wigram Gallery, London
Dass muss der Ort sein (This must be the place), Figge Von Rosen, Berlin

2012

Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
The Game of the Possible, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid
Praise to the shadow, MAZ, Zapopan Museum of Art

2011

Only the shadow knows, Galleria Gentili, Prato
Only the shadow knows, Hotel Demetria, Guadalajara
Nowhere can be now here, Figge Von Rosen, Berlin

2010

Continuous space, MARCO, Vigo
Ningun donde puede ser aqui, OMR Gallery

2009

2 + 2 = 5, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid
The Sierpinski Variable, Bloomberg Space, London

2008

Art Positions, Art Basel, Miami Beach, Florida
Studies for future buildings, Renwick Gallery, New York

2007

Space after space, Borgovico 33, Lake Como
Hechiso , Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota
x,y,z, MACO, Mexico City

2006

The world of yesterday, El Eco Museum, Mexico City
The Illegal Architect, Galleria Studio Dabbeni, Lugano

2005

Never on Sunday, Galería Travesía Cuatro, Madrid
Nomad Platform, Casa de América, Madrid

2004

Still Standing, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City
Untitled elevation No. 2, Les Halles, ECAV, Valais

2002

Erasing Memory, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City

2001

Temporality is a question of survival, Camden Arts Centre, London

Group Exhibitions

2013
Weight and Measure, Siegfried Contemporary, London
IN/SITU, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
La persistencia de la geometría, MUAC, Mexico City
Bucareli Act, Colonia Juárez, Mexico City
Salón Acme, Mexico City
Now Here is also Nowhere: Part II, Stroum Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle

2012

Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
Footnotes on Candida Höfer,, OMR, Mexico City
New Meditations, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto
Misrepresentation Mistake and Non-Disclosure, Rove Gallery, London
Rotary connection, Casey Kaplan, New York
Ugly, Dirty and Bad, Espacio M, Mexico City

2011

En obras: Teixeira Collection, TEA, Tenerife
The space between now and then, Espacio 52, Mexico City
The persistence of geometry, Caixa Forum, Madrid
Erschaute bauten, MAK, Vienna
Everything Must Go, Casey Kaplan, New York
Wir sind alle astronauten, MARTa, Herford
Atardecer ranchero, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid
Customary Beauty, Mor Charpentier, Paris,
Now, Museo Cabañas, Guadalajara

2010

Kirkergaard´s walk, Galeria Marilia Razuk, Sao Paulo
The architecture of Tatiana Bilbao, Mexican cultural institute, San Antonio, Texas
Transurbaniac, University Art Gallery, UC, San Diego, California
The white cabinet, Fundación colección JUMEX, Mexico City
30th Anniversary, Display 2, Studio Dabbeni, Lugano

2009

Where do we go from here?, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida
Zwischenzonen, MUMOK, Vienna
Prethunderdome, White Flags Project, St. Louis, Missouri
Getting nowhere, Galeria Gentili, Florence
Hecho en casa, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
Panorama. Foreigners everywhere, Museu do Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo
Desenhos (Drawings): A – Z, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon
2nd Poligraphic Triennial of San Juan, San Juan

2008

Posession, PETRa, Mexico City
Whats my name?, HIST, Ghent
An Unruly History of the Readymade, Fundación Colección JUMEX. Mexico City
Megastructures Reloaded, Mint, Berlin
Per adesso noi siamo qua, Villa Romana, Florence
To build, to dwell, to think, IVAM, Valencia
Hasta el infinito y mas alla…, CAC, Seville

2007

Yaq, La planta, Guadalajara
The hyper-realism of simulation, Estudio J.C. Orozco, Guadalajara
Conversations, Galeria Travesia 4, Madrid

2006

Masters and Johnson, Charro Negro, Guadalajara
Rio Balsas, Mario Pani building, Mexico City
The People’s choice, Isola Art Center, Milan
Deshecho, Casa del Lago, Mexico City

2005

Domicile, Muse d’Art Moderne, Saint Etienne
Acción Directa – Latin American Social Sphere, Prague Biennale 2
Misunderstandings, GAM, Mexico City
Farsites: urban symptoms, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California
Eco. Mexican Contemporary Art, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

2004

So far so close, America’s Society Art Gallery, New York, New York
Gridlock: cities, structures, spaces, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Construction por une deconstruction, Galerie Valerie Cueto, Paris
Light and atmosphere, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
24/7 Projects retrospective, The Bakery / Annet Gelink, Amsterdam

2003

Cambio de Valores, Espai de Art contemporani Castello, Castellón de la Plana
Mexico’s contemporary, Allbright College Art Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania
In the absence of recombination, Bronx River Art Center, New York
Salon Bancomer, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
Piel fria, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
Mex attacks, Fondazione Prometeo, Lucca
Jetset, Museum of installation, London
The translator notes, Cafe Gallery Projects, London

2002

Fatamorgana, Zero, Milan
Interplay, The Moore Space, Miami and MA Puerto Rico
Anonimous, Centro de arte Santa Monica, Barcelona
Panorma Emergente, III Iberoamerican Architecture Biennale, Chile
Mexico City: An Exhibition about the exchange rate of bodies and values, PS1, New York and
Kunstwerke, Berlin
Puerto Rico Biennale 02, San Juan
Home, Dress and Supplies, Plaza Carlos Pacheco, Mexico City
Sauvage, La Panadería, Mexico City
Leisure Theory, JUMEX Collection, Mexico City

2001

Asamblee, Centre Culturel du Mexique, Paris
The Vanishing city, Programa Art Center, Mexico City
Recreo, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City,
Why Cars Don’t Fly Yet?, Centro de Las Artes, Monterrey
Windows, Project for Centrodearte.com, Madrid

2000

Demonstrations Room, Apex Art, New York; NICC, Antwerp
The Ideal House, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas
Open Studio, Braziers Workshop, Oxfordshire
A piece of the action, Galería Emma Molina, Monterrey
2nd Intl. Sound Art Festival, House-studio Diego Rivera, Mexico City
Jet Propelled, Museo de las artes, Guadalajara

1999

Un-natural science, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City
Look Look, Espacio 16/16, Guadalajara
An object of Morphology, Cineteca del estado, Monterrey
Incidental Television, Televicentro, Guadalajara
Searching for an unconquered place, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City

1998

Incidental Photography, Public Squash Courts, 7, 8 y 9, Guadalajara
Incidental, Torre Guadalajara, Expoarte 98, Guadalajara
Domestic, Mar Egeo #1237, Guadalajara

1996

One hundred years of cinema, University of Guadalajara

Public collections, Museums and Institutions

MALBA, Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art
MUAC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City
Museo Amparo, Puebla
Fundación colección JUMEX, Mexico City
MUDAM Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg
Reina Sofía, National Museum of Art, Madrid
Comunidad de Madrid, Collection of Art, Madrid
Allbright Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York
Biedermann Museum, Donaueschingen
La Caixa Foundation, Madrid

Selected Bibliography

2013 Michael Slenske, “There But Not Compiles Jose Dávila’s Architectural Photography”,
Architectural Digest online, 28th October,
http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2013/10/jose-davila-architecture-book-there-butnot
Joshua White, “Jose Dávila”, FlashArt, Volume 46, October
Joshua White, “Jose Dávila’s ‘Shadow As Rumour’ at the Max Wigram Gallery, London”, Five
Senses Blog, 8th August, http://joshuasimonwhite.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/jose-davila-shadow-asrumour-
at-max.html
Sarah Hanson, “50 Under 50. The Next Most Collectible Artists”, Art+Auction, June, p. 123
“Diary: Jose Dávila”, Mousse Magazine, Summer Issue, no. 39, p. 283
Paul Hobson, “Hobson’s Choice – Jose Dávila at Max Wigram Gallery”, Contemporary Art
Society, 24th May, http://membership.contemporaryartsociety.org/news/hobsonschoice/
hobsons-choice-jose-davila-at-max-wigram-gallery/
William Kherbek, “Review: Jose Dávila, Shadow as Rumour”, Port Magazine, 17th May,
http://www.port-magazine.com/uncategorized/jose-davila-shadow-as-rumour
2012 Elsa Fernández-Santos, “This artist dreams of building materials”, El País, 8th December
David Batty, “At Art Basel Miami Beach, the stars line up to be seen-and be shocked”, The
Observer, 8th December
Paulina Ascencio, “Interview with Jose Dávila”, Taxi Art Magazine, February
http://blog.taxiartmagazine.com/2012/02/interview-with-jose-davila/
2008 “Jose Dávila”, review, Flash Art online,
http://www.flashartonline.com/interno.php?pagina=newyork_det&id_art=204&det=ok&title=9.
11.08-Jose-D%C3%A1vila
Pierre Alexandre de Looz, “Master Riff: Jose Dávila’s Architectural Winks”, Tokion
2004 Paola Santoscov, “Jose Dávila”, Revista Código 06140, No. 22, Mexico, p. 42
“Frieze Art Fair Yearbook”, JM, Frieze Publication
Nicolas de Oliveria and Nicola Oaxley, Installation art in the new millenium, Thames &
Hudson
2003 Ruben Gallo, Cream 3, Phaidon
Malcom Beith, “Mexico’s New Wave”, Newsweek International, New York, 26th May, p. 84
Paola Capata, “Assael, Caretto, Courbout, Davila”, Arte e Critica, No. 33, Rome, January, p. 46
Francisca Rivero Lake, “Jose Davila”, Art Nexus Magazine, No.46, October – December, p. 140
2001 “Jose Davila”, Revista Celeste, No. 3, Mexico City
Mark Currah, “Jose Dávila”, Time Out Magazine, No. 1626, 17th October, London, p. 62
Dan Smith, “Jose Dávila”, Art Monthly Magazine, No. 251, November, London, p. 33
“Review: Jose Dávila”, Art Nexus, p. 140
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