By Allison Valladolid

Just a few days before Lima’s week of art fairs kicks off, we recommend the exhibitions you can’t miss in the Peruvian capital

Media cajetilla de cigarrillos y una de fósforos by Miguel Aguirre at Museo Central (MUCEN)The Museo Central (MUCEN) presents Media cajetilla de cigarrillos y una de fósforos by Miguel Aguirre, winner of the 2016 edition of the National Painting Contest organized each year by Peru’s Banco Central de Reserva, considered to be one of the local scene’s most important and most prestigious contests for this discipline. This is MUCEN’s first individual contemporary art exhibition, a result of its objective of bringing this artistic current closer to the general public.
In this exhibition, we can appreciate how the artwork reflects a part of Peru’s economic history during the 80s, which had a dramatic impact both on the artist as well as on Peruvians in general. His works, of diverse formats and mediums, are the result of the use of diverse textual, graphic, and sound archives. Loaded with plenty of historical content, the piece opens a window through which younger generations and the general public may glimpse into this part of Peru’s history.


Dos cielos azules by Cecilia Jurado at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA) in San Miguel – Through paintings, drawing, and ceramics, Cecilia Jurado speaks to us about the experience of migrating: about how we cease to feel the place that we inhabit as our own, and how our body demands that we search for other spaces where we can feel whole again.
Dos cielos azules narrates the story of millions of Peruvians who migrate from the countryside to the city every day, leaving behind their routines, their traditions, the landscapes that accompany them, their customs and their identities. The exhibition, in the artist’s poetic language, transits from one place to the other, evincing that sometimes, the change that we are forced to confront isn’t always the way we imagine it to be, and that the only option we have left is to survive.


Profecía es memoria by José Vera Matos and Imago Mundi by Adriana Bustos at 80m2 Livia Benavides – Everything revolves around a question: Where does mythology end, and where does history begin? In Profecía es Memoria, José Vera Matos presents mankind’s necessity for understanding the origins of history, of societies, and of the world that surrounds them.
The exhibition consists of drawings, a video piece, and two sculptures. For this exhibition, the Peruvian artist, who is known for using writing and his practice of transcribing books at a path for arriving at drawing, has drawn his inspiration from the text La conquista de América, by philosopher Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017). On the other hand, Imago Mundi, Argentinean artist Adriana Bustos’ first individual exhibition in Lima, borrows its title from a set of twelve cosmographic treatises by geographer and theologian Pierre d’Ailly that oriented Columbus on his discovery voyage. The four canvases that make up this exhibition aim to create a fictional cartography based on experience, archive information, data from multiple sources, and both found and created images, thus allowing the artist to propose new associations and interpretations of the world.


Horror Vacui by David Zink Yi at Proyecto AMIL – Proyecto AMIL, a non-commercial platform for contemporary art, presents an individual exhibition by David Zink Yi, a Berlin-based Peruvian artist. The piece consists of a video installation with the same title, whose construction and architectonic intervention have taken up all of the space’s two main rooms. With a duration of two hours and seventeen minutes playing on two channels, Horror Vacui documents the rehearsals of De adentro y afuera, a Latin band that the artist himself co-founded in Cuba, combining these with images of religious rituals deeply rooted in Cuban culture. The piece, with its intensely performative force, allows the spectator to become an agent of reconciliation, unifying the fragments and intervals that produce an abstract image with neither space or time, while at the same time submerging them in the emotions stirred up by the music.
Zink Yi edited Horror Vacui during a residence at the Accademia Tedesca di Roma. The piece was first presented at Kunsthalle St. Gallen (San Galo, Switzerland, 2009), and then made its way through important contemporary art institutions, such as: Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis, EE.USA, 2011), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein- n.b.k (Berlin, Germany, 2012), ArtUnlimited (Basilea, Switzerland, 2013) and Prospect3 (Nueva Orleans, USA, 2014).


Museo by Juan Enrique Bedoya at the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) – A museum inside a museum. Museo brings together two sets of images that register diverse exhibition spaces. It is therefore a set of 179 images captured by Bedoya of exhibition spaces in Peru, USA, and Europe, between the beginning of the 90s and the year 2018. The exhibition also includes objects, such as some of the embalmed animals the artist was so passionate about, and old photographic cameras. Three tables of books are also part of the exhibition, where one can find titles such as The Origins of Museums, edited by Oliver Impey, or the memories of Joseph Duveen or Peggy Guggenheim.
The exhibition is also an attempt to understand the evolution and stages museums have had over time. Visitors may also check out Miró, la experiencia de mirar, which displays 50 works of art by the Spanish artist, as well as MALI’s permanent collection, which consists of over 17 thousand works of art narrating three thousand years of the history of Peruvian art, from pre-Columbian times to midway through the XX century.