The XIV FEMSA Biennial announces a program of exhibitions with more than 140 participants in Michoacan - FEMSA
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The XIV FEMSA Biennial announces a program of exhibitions with more than 140 participants in Michoacan


  • 24 projects commissioned to national and international artists and 5 projects commissioned to four curators residing in Michoacan will participate.
  • The exhibitions will take place in the 5 sites of Morelia and Patzcuaro, with limited capacity and staggered openings from October 15th to December 10th, 2020.
  • The works will be promoted through a digital campaign through social media along with artists and members of the curatorial team of the Biennial.

Mexico City, Mexico. October 12th, 2020. – The XIV FEMSA Biennial, titled Inestimable chance, which has been presented since February 2020 in the cities of Morelia and Patzcuaro in the state of Michoacan, announced exhibitions with staggered openings from October 15th to December 10th, 2020. The exhibitions are part of the Curatorial Program of the XIV edition of the Biennial which, seven months after opening, continues generation dynamics to revisit the modern heritage of Morelia and Patzcuaro, especially the public art of renowned national and international artists such as Grace and Marion Greenwood, Philip Guston, Juan O´Gorman and Alfredo Zalce. As the artistic world has faced trascendental challenges due to the COVID-19 sanitary emergency, FEMSA’s Biennial has reiterated its function as detonator of collaboration networks at local and regional level through the organization of forums with universities, museums, and independent cultural projects that build sustainable relationships, not only with artists and participating projects, but also with initiatives and communities of Michoacan. With a first encounter executed in person and a second phase carried out in digital platforms, the Public and Pedagogical Programs of the Biennial have reunited more than 45 thousand people in a total of 50 events, among conferences, workshops and seminars, in collaboration with specialists and local, national and international organizations, as well as the federal Secretary of Culture, the Secretary of Culture of the State of Michoacan, the City Councils of Morelia and Patzcuaro, the state representations of FEMSA and other private organizations.

About the Curatorial Program

The 29 projects of the Curatorial Program are the result of a series of artistic and curatorial commissions developed this last year, which will be presented in five sites: The Alfredo Zalce Contemporary Art Museum (Morelia), the Clavijero Cultural Center (Morelia), the State Museum(Morelia), the Alfredo Zalce House Workshop (Morelia) and the Old Jesuit School Cultural Center (Patzcuaro). The production of these pieces and projects has been made remotely and has involved more than 140 participants, including workshops, artists and artisans of the state of Michoacan.


⬤ Artistic commission | ◯ Curatorial commission

Thursday October 15th, 12:00 hrs

  • Clavijero Cultural Center, Morelia
    • ⬤ Roxana Cervantes (Michoacan, Mexico), Ana Pellicer (Mexico City, Mexico), Nuria Montiel (Mexico City, Mexico) and Marco Rountree (Mexico City, Mexico)

Sunday November 1st, 12:00 hrs

  • Clavijero Cultural Center, Morelia
    • ⬤ Leo Marz (Jalisco, Mexico)
    • ◯ Erandi Avalos (Morelia, Michoacan)
  • State Museum, Morelia
    • ⬤ Nadia Lartigue and Juan Francisco Maldonado (Mexico City, Mexico)
    • ◯ Angel Pahuamba (Cheran, Michoacan)
  • Old Jesuit School Cultural Center, Patzcuaro
    • ⬤ Olmo Cuña (Vigo, España), Rodolfo Díaz Cervantes (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), Gabriel Rico (Jalisco, Mexico), Artemio Rodriguez (Michoacan, Mexico) and Dick Verdult (Eindhoven, Holanda)

Sunday November 15th, 12:00 hrs

  • Clavijero Cultural Center, Morelia
    • ⬤ Livia Corona Benjamin (Baja California, Mexico), Circe Irasema (Mexico City, Mexico), Adan Vallecillo (Danli, Honduras) and Ines Verdugo (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
    • ◯ Francisco Huaroco (Cheran, Michoacan)

Sunday November 29th, 12:00 hrs.

  • Old Jesuit School Cultural Center, Patzcuaro
    • ⬤ Carlos Amorales and Guillermo Galindo (Mexico City, Mexico), Carlos Fernandez (San Jose, Costa Rica), Israel Martinez (Jalisco, Mexico) and Fernando Palma (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Alfredo Zalce House Workshop, Morelia
    • ⬤ Sergio Gutierrez (Oaxaca, Mexico) and Madeline Jimenez Santil (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
    • ◯Jesus Jimenez (Morelia, Michoacan)
  • Alfredo Zalce Contemporary Art Museum, Morelia
    • ⬤ Patricia Belli (Managua, Nicaragua) and Debora Delmar (Mexico City, Mexico)
    • ◯Diego Rodriguez (Morelia, Michoacan)

Thursday December 10th, 12:00 hrs.

  • Clavijero Cultural Center, Morelia
    • ⬤ Adela Goldbard (Mexico City, Mexico)

In the Biennial’s Artistic Director Daniel Garza Usabiaga’s words: “As we know, this edition has been extraordinary due to the moment that we are living at an international level. Though we have worked in a couple of editions in reinventing the model of the Biennial since we implemented the change of format to an itinerant curatorial event, the sanitary contingency is a milestone that has allowed us to emphasize our goal of promoting bonding and empathy spaces without losing sight of the needs of all the people that make this event possible.”

The staggered openings of the exhibit program of Inestimable chance are present in Morelia and Patzcuaro since October 15th along with a curatorial program that contributes to the reconfiguration of the biennials in a way never before seen in Mexico

The online contents will be available through FEMSA Biennial’s social media and the website

The XIV edition of FEMSA’s Biennial takes place thanks to the support of OXXO, Coca-Cola FEMSA and Imbera. For further information:

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About FEMSA Biennial

FEMSA’s Biennial is an art platform that changes city each edition. Founded in 1992, it aims to recognize, strengthen, stimulate and promote the artistic creation in Mexico. Its consolidation throughout the years has given it recognition as an important promoter of art and culture in the country, and has gradually acquired more prestige internationally. FEMSA’s Biennial is part of FEMSA Foundation, which generates positive impact in people and communities through projects of social investment for sustainability.

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