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Pablo León de la Barra | Mexico

Pablo León de la Barra
Curator, art critic, researcher, cultural advisor
Mexico
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Ph.D. in architecture in Mexico, and then in art and architecture history and theory at the Architectural Association of London, UK.
In 2012, he is recipient of a fellowship from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Pablo León de la Barra is involved in several projects as an independent. He is co-director of the Novo Museo Tropical, a non-existent, virtual but real museum, that seeks to question museums’ policies and cultural policies regarding to the adquisition of artworks. The project has been presented during summer 2012 at the foundation TEOR/éTica in Costa Rica.

He redacts th blog Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution.

In 2011, he launches and curates the 1st Tropical Biennial of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In 2010, he is part of the 7th BAVIC’s jury – Bienal des Artes Visuales del Istmo Centroamericano in Nicaragua.

In London, he is, since 2005, co-curator of the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery. Between 2005 and 2008, he is artistic director for Blow de la Barra and between 2002 and 2005, he manages the artists and curators collective 24-7.

He is advisor for contemporary art fairs such as PINTA, Zona MACO in Mexico, CIRCA in Puerto Rico, ArteBA in Argentina, ArtRio in Brazil.

Pablo León de la Barra curated the following exhibitions :

‘Marta ‘Che’ Traba at the Museo de la Ene of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012) ; Esquemas para una oda tropical in Rio de Janeiro (2012) ; MicroclimaS at the Kunsthalle of Zürich, Germany (2012) ; Incidents of Mirror Travel in Yucatan and Elsewhere at the Museo Tamayo of Mexico D.F., Mexico (2011) ; To Know Him Is To Love Him at the Casa Barragan of Mexico, Mexico (2010) ; Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, Yucatan and Elsewhere at the Centro Cultural Español of Guatemala (2010) ; Somewhere Under the Rainbow in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2010) ; This Is Not America at the Beta Local space of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009) ; the travelling exhibition Sueño de Casa Propia in Switzerland, Spain and Mexico (2007-2008, with Maria Inés Rodríguez) or To Be Political it Has to Look Nice at Art in General and at apexart in New York (2003).