Galeria Baró is pleased to honor the renowned Mexican artist Felipe Ehrenberg with the exhibition "Living in my ART room," bringing together works from different moments of the artist’s trajectory that passed away in May at the age of 73. Considered one of the most thought-provoking and important artists of his generation, capable of arousing both adhesion and rejection, he made his life and his art the same work, considered himself a neologist, a living work of art.
Founder of the prestigious publisher Beau Geste Press, created in the city of Devon in 1970 with his wife at the time Martha Helion and a collaborator of the Fluxus movement during his stay in England (1968-1976), where he exiled himself. Iconic, conceptual, performer, contentious, provocative artist and always seeking the new, acting on many fronts, as painter, sculptor, engraver, chronicler, archivist, teacher, politician, diplomat, editor, actor and tireless traveler
The exhibition covers part of his extensive production that lasted almost fifty years, with works that are in the gallery’s inventory, first to represent him officially, and where he held two large solo exhibitions, "Apocalipstick" in 2013 and "Tocata and Fuga - abstract poems "in 2014, shortly before leaving the country and returning to Mexico definitively.
The show includes, Artist's books, collages, posters, performance records, photography, video, film, mail art, sculptural walk, xerox, paintings and installation. Despite his sophisticated discourse and conceptual thinking, he had the need to communicate with the masses, not abandoning figuration and writing in his art, many of his proposals were so controversial that they changed the course of art in Mexico, being a forerunner in many of the artistic means of production like the artist books, sculptural walks and his political and subversive actions.
Among other works, It is worth mentioning the conversation recorded in 1970, between the security of the Tate Gallery and the artist, who was trying to enter the museum with his head covered by a hood - video acquired later by the institution itself and also the photos of the performance " - Art is just an excuse, "Made in 1972 in the Chapultepec Park, registered by different photographers, who at the time worked in the park and were hired by the artis.
Ehrenberg moved to Brazil in 2001 when he assumed the position of Cultural Attaché of Mexico in São Paulo with his wife Lourdes Hernández-Fuentes, a journalist and writer. In São Paulo he has appeared in various spheres, particularly in the middle of the cinema, as an actor, and has participated in the film "Delicate Crime", when he proposes and appears naked in the scenes where he represented an artist painting a model also naked, and as a consequence of it he loses his diplomatic position. During the period in which he lived in Brazil he was honored with a great touring retrospective "Manchuria - Peripheral Vision" in the Pinacoteca of São Paulo in 2010 with about 250 works.
Beto Brant, a Brazilian film director and Felipe’s friend, produced the film "Crime Delicado " with the performance of the artist and "Apocalipstick - Final Days", which documents, between conversations with the artist, the preparation of his first individual in the Baró gallery and the film "Zocalo " focused on the return of neuologist Felipe Ehrenberg to Mexico, after 14 years, living outside his country, when he was invited to direct the great offering of the Day of the Dead in the Zocalo, downtown Mexico City. The films can be checked in the exhibition on display in the gallery annex, Baró container.