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Jose Dávila


Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, 1974
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Jose Dávila’s practice has explored spatial occupation and the transitory nature of physical structures. Drawing on his formal training as an architect, Dávila creates sculptural installations and photographic works that simultaneously emulate, critique, and pay homage to 20th century avant-garde art and architecture. Referencing artists and architects from Luis Barragán and Mathias Goeritz to Donald Judd, Dávila’s work investigates how the modernist movement has been translated, appropriated, and reinvented.

Jose Dávila’s work has been exhibited at the Yuz Museum (Shanghai, China); Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City, Mexico); Sammlung Philara (Düsseldorf, Germany); Museo del Novecento, (Florence, Italy); Getty's PST LA/LA Triennial (Los Angeles, USA); Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona, ​​Spain); Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg, Germany); Marfa Contemporary (Marfa, USA); Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, USA); Gemeentemuseum (The Hague, The Netherlands); Museum Voorlinden (Wassenaar, The Netherlands); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, MUAC (Mexico City, Mexico); Caixa Forum (Madrid, Spain); MoMA PS1 (New York, USA); Kunstwerke (Berlin Germany); San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, USA); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); MAK (Vienna, Austria); Museo Jumex (Mexico City, Mexico); Bass Museum of Art ( Miami, USA); Museum of Modern Art (São Paulo, Brazil); among others.

His work is part of international public and private collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA); Centre Pompidou (Paris, France); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); Inhotim Collection (Brumadinho, Brazil); Hamburger Kunsthalle, (Hamburg, Germany); among others. It has also been featured in international publications such as Cream 3, ed. Phaidon; 100 Latin American Artists, ed. Exit and in the monograph The Feather and The Elephant, ed. Hatje Cantz.