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Gabriel Orozco

Mexico 1962

Conceptual Art

Gabriel Orozco
Gabriel Orozco
May 1, 2017
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For decades regarded as one of the most prominent Mexican artists of his generation, Gabriel Orozco is a conceptual author who creates pieces across a wide field of mediums, ranging from installations and sculptures to photography and painting[1]. Employing such a diverse creative practice, Orozco underlines his work with crafty misappropriations and reinterpretations of everyday objects commonly found in our surroundings. By doing so, this artist makes us question our beliefs and the sense of logic, confronting us with elements that are at once familiar and totally alien. Additionally, Gabriel Orozco’s artwork also reminds us of the subtle beauty hidden in plain sight within typically-ignored aspects of our lives.

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Gabriel Orozco – Black Kites, 1997 – Image via

Early Career of Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco was born in the year of 1962, in Veracruz, Mexico. His father was Mario Orozco Rivera, an art professor at the Universidad Veracruzana and a mural painter well respected within the Mexican art community. When Orozco was about six years old, his entire family relocated to the San Àngel neighborhood of Mexico City in order for Mario Orozco Rivera to work with a fellow artist David Alfaro Siquieros on various mural commissions. Whenever Mario would go off to do one of his artworks, he would take his son along, letting him learn many aspects of muralism and his personal views on politics. Orozco attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas between the years of 1981 and 1984 – however, he found the classes too much of a conservative program of study. With that in mind, Gabriel moved to Madrid in 1986 and enrolled at the Circulo de Bellas Artes. Finding everything he hoped for in the capital of Spain, Gabriel’s instructors introduced him to a broad range of post-war artists working in non-traditional formats. This experience served Orozco very well as he started working on the conceptual basis of his pieces.

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Gabriel Orozco’s Series and Related Exhibitions

In the year of 1987, Orozco returned from his studies in Madrid to Mexico City where he started holding weekly meetings with a group of similar-minded artists including Damián Ortega, Gabriel Kuri and Abraham Cruzvillegas. For the next five years, the artist’s home became a sanctuary of his works and a place where many artistic and cultural projects took place. Orozco’s nomadic way of living began to strongly impact his work[2] around the same time – his art soon started to rely on repeated themes and techniques that incorporate real life and common objects. Soon, Gabriel Orozco began working on some of his most prominent series to date, such as Recaptured Nature (1991), Sleeping Dog (1990), Crazy Tourist (1991), My Hands are my Heart (1991), Yielding Stone (1992) and La DS (1993). These projects eventually led him to more recent series, including the likes of Working Tables (1996), Black Kites (1997), Samurai Tree Paintings (2004)[3] and Corplegados (2011). Naturally, Gabriel Orozco was a part of many notable exhibitions on the international stage throughout the years – arguably the most important one was the 2009 retrospective of his work held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

By using a wide range of unconventional materials and tools, Gabriel Orozco is able to turn an ordinary exhibition into an artistic spectacle

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An Endless Library of Artistic Perfection

What is most important is not so much what people see in the gallery or the museum, but what people see after looking at these things, how they confront reality again. This quote extracted from one of the interviews with the artist himself is a fantastic indicator of what his art is all about – whether working within the photography, sculpture, painting, installation or video format, Gabriel Orozco fashions the unexpected out of familiar materials. And by doing so, this Mexican artist reveals to us intriguing investigations that aim at exploring the notions and subjects of life, death, existence and the passage of time[4].

This artist is represented by White Cube Bermondsey London and White Cube Mason’s Yard London.

Gabriel Orozco lives and works in New York City, France and Mexico.


  1. Fineman, M., Orozco, G., Rosenzweig, P., Neshat, S., Gabriel Orozco: Photographs, Steidl/Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2004
  2. Cole, L. L., Gabriel Orozco: Impossible Utopias, BSB, 2014
  3. Orozco, G., Gabriel Orozco: The Samurai Tree Invariants, Walther König, Köln, 2007
  4. Orozco, G., Gabriel Orozco: Orbita nocturna, Aspen Art Press; Pck Pap/Bk edition, 2017

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Primary structures and speculative formsArt Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSWGroup
2017Gabriel Orozcokurimanzutto, Mexico CitySolo
2016Gabriel OrozcoAspen Art Museum, Aspen, COSolo
2016Gabriel Orozco Suisai: Tokyo StrokesWhite Cube - Hong Kong, Hong KongSolo
2015Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, LondonSolo
2015Gabriel Orozco-Inner CyclesMuseum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), TokyoSolo
2014Fleurs Fantômes, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-LoireCentre d'Arts et de Nature, FranceSolo
2014Natural MotionModerna Museet, StockholmSolo
2014UntitledGalerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, France.Group
2014La Gioia, Maison particulièreArt center, BrusselsGroup
2014Burning Down the House10th Gwangju BiennaleGroup
2014Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America TodayGuggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
2014Lost in landscapeMart Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2013Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
2013ChicotesFaurschou Foundation, BeijingSolo
2013Gabriel Orozco: Thinking in CirclesFruitmarket Gallery, EdinburghSolo
2013Natural MotionKunsthaus, BregenzSolo
2013The way of the shovel: Art as archeologyMCA, ChicagoGroup
2013Fearful SymmetryBalice Hertling, New YorkGroup
2013Natureza MortaInstituto Inhotim, BrumadinhoGroup
2013Bande à partGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisGroup
2013Le PontMac, MarseilleGroup
2013A Very Light Art, Museo Ca' RezzonicoVenice Art Biennale 2013, VeniceGroup
2013DECENTER: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory ShowAbrons Arts Center, New YorkGroup
2013Everyday MattersFaurschou Foundation Copenhagen, CopenhagenGroup
2013Rythm in it - On rythm in contemporary artAargauer Kunsthaus, AarauGroup
2012Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisSolo
2012Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Marian Goodman, ParisSolo
2012AsterismsDeutsche-Guggenheim, BerlinSolo
2012Les référentsGalerie Édouard-Manet, GennevilliersGroup
2012Living With VideoPavillon Downtown, DubaïGroup
2012UntitledGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisGroup
2012Coup doubleFRAC Aquitaine, BordeauxGroup
2011Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisSolo
2011Gabriel OrozcoTate Modern, LondonSolo
2011Incidents of Mirror-Travel in Yucatan and ElsewhereMuseo Tamyao, Mexico CityGroup
2011CLAPHessel Museum of Art, New YorkGroup
2011Between Here and There: Dislocation and Displacement in Contemporary PhotographyThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York CityGroup
2011Mexico: Politica y poeticaSan Francisco State University, San FranciscoGroup
2011Mexico: Expected-UnexpectedMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San DiegoGroup
2011Mexico: Expected-UnexpectedThe Museum of Latin American Art, Long BeachGroup
2011¿ Tierra de Nadie ?Centro cultural Montehermoso de Vitoria – Gasteiz, AlavaGroup
2010KunstmuseumBasel, Switzerland.Solo
2010Gabriel OrozcoMusée National d’Art Moderne, ParisSolo
2010Gabriel OrozcoCentre Georges Pompidou, ParisSolo
2010Collected VisionsBronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New YorkGroup
2010Changing The Focus: The Art Of Latin American Photography (1990-2005)Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long BeachGroup
2010HAPPY BIRTHDAY II - The second Anniversary of the GalleryBlack Cube Gallery, Calle Horitzontal, BarcelonaGroup
2009Gabriel OrozcoMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkSolo
2009Gabriel OrozcoKurimanzutto, Mexico CitySolo
2009Mexico Expected-UnexpectedTEA (Tenerife Space for The Arts), Santa Cruz de TenerifeGroup
2009Universal Code: Art and Cosmology in the Information AgeThe Power Plant, TorontoGroup
2009In A Room Anything Can HappenCenter for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New YorkGroup
2009Acquisitions 2007-2008Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Picardie, AmiensGroup
2009Desenhos [drawings]: a-zMuseu da Cidade, LisbonGroup
2009Nous tournons dans la nuit…Musée départamental d’art contemporain, Rochechouart Group
2009Walker Evans and the BarnStedelijk Museum Bureau AmsterdamGroup
2009Where Do We Go From Here?, Selections from La Colección JumexBass Museum of Art, MiamiGroup
2009Mexico: Expected-Unexpected- Collection Isabel and Agustín CoppelStedelijk Museum, SchiedamGroup
2009Continuous PresentYale University Art Gallery, New HavenGroup
2009El tiempo del ArteFundación PROA, Buenos AiresGroup
2009as long as it lastsMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009The Poetics of SpaceGalerie Marian Goodman, ParisGroup
2009A mancha humana-the human steinCentro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2009Drawings and WatercolorsSenior & Shopmaker Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Twentysix Gasoline Stations ed altri libri d’Artista, Una collezioneMuseo Regionale di Messina, MessinaGroup
2008Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New York CitySolo
2008TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino ArtSheldon Museum of Art, LincolnGroup
2008Expected Mexico Unexpected: The Collection of Isabel and Agustín CoppelLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2008BetwixtMagasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, StockholmGroup
2008Knockin’ on Heaven’s DoorKunstmuseum Liechtenstein, VaduzGroup
2008Held together with WaterIstanbul Museum of Modern Art, IstanbulGroup
2008IMPLANTThe Horticultural Society of New York Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008SAND: Memory, Meaning and MetaphorParrish Art Museum, SouthamptonGroup
2008You can go your own wayRenwick Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008Abstract ImaginationPKM TRINITY GALLERY, SeoulGroup
2008TRANSactionsWeatherspoon Art Museum, GreensboroGroup
2008Mondo e Terra, La collezione del FRAC CorsicaMAN: Museo d`Arte di Nuoro, NuoroGroup
2008Art Station Preview: It From BitKulczyk Foundation, PoznanGroup
2008Echo wantedGalerie Karsten Greve, ParisGroup
2008MMKK LänderspielMuseum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, KlagenfurtGroup
2008!Viva la Muerte!Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran CanariaGroup
2008ReasiaHaus der Kulturen der Welt, BerlinGroup
2008Re-Imagining AsiaHaus der Kulturen der Welt, BerlinGroup
2008TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino ArtThe High Museum of Art, AtlantaGroup
2008God & Good Spiritualità and Mass ConfusionVilla Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Codroipo, UdineGroup
2008En perspective, GiacomettiMusée des Beaux-Arts, CaenGroup
2008Come, come, come into my worldEllipse Foundation, CascaisGroup
2008BetwixtMagasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, StockholmGroup
2008RecollectionAssociazione Barriera, TurinGroup
2008La invencion de lo cotidianoMuseo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), Mexico CityGroup
2007Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisSolo
2007Gabriel Orozco, oeuvre du FRAC PicardieFrac Picardie, AmiensSolo
2007Inner Circles of the WallDallas Museum of Art, DallasSolo
2007!Viva la Muerte!Kunsthalle wien, ViennaGroup
2007Airs de ParisCentre Georges Pompidou, ParisGroup
2007Art in MotionMuseum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FloridaGroup
2007Drapeaux grisMusée d’art contemporain de BordeauxGroup
2006Museo Palacio de Bellas ArtesMexico City Solo
2006Gabriel OrozcoWhite Cube Gallery, London Solo
2006Samurai’s Tree InvariantMuseum Ludwig, KölnSolo
2006Grey FlagsSculpture Center, Long Island City, New YorkGroup
2006Infinite PaintingVilla Manin, Centro d’Arte ContenporaneaGroup
2006Super VisionThe Institute of Contemporary Art, BostonGroup
2006Part Object, Part SculptureWexner Center for the Arts, ColumbusGroup
2006The Miraculous and the EverydayUniversity of Massachusetts, AmherstGroup
2005Gabriel OrozcoPalacio de Cristal, MadridSolo
2005Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New York Solo
2005Gabriel OrozcoSerpentine Gallery, London Solo
2005Gabriel OrozcoHirschhorn Museum, Washington Solo
2005Universal Experience : Art, Life & Tourist’s EyeMCA, ChicagoGroup
2005L’art, un cas d’écoleMusée départemental de l’Education, Saint-Ouen-l’AumôneGroup
2005BidibidobidibooFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin Group
2005The Experience of ArtVenice Biennial, Italian Pavilion Group
2005Translation, Collection Dakis JoannouPalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2005Des deux côtés du Rhin - MouvementMuseum Ludwig, Köln Group
2004The game showJames Cohan Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Paisaje y memoriaLa casa encendida, MadridGroup
2003Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
2003The Weight of the SunThe Douglas Hyde Gallery, DublinSolo
2003Common WealthTate Modern, LondonGroup
2003Through the Eye of a NeedleGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisGroup
200320 ans des FRAC-Le cabinet d’Ann PhilbinFRAC Picardie, Amiens Group
2003Looking in - Locking outKunstmuseum BaselGroup
2003Ritardi e Rivoluzioni, Utopia StationVenice Biennial, VeniceGroup
2003Edén, La Coleccion JumexAntiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico D.F Group
2002Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisSolo
2002Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
2002Gabriel OrozcoGaleria Kurimanzutto, Mexico D.F.Solo
2002Sonic Process- Une nouvelle géographie des sensCentre Pompidou, ParisGroup
2002Distorsions et glissements de sensGaleries Contemporaines des Musées de Marseille, MarseilleGroup
2002En RouteSerpentine Gallery, LondonGroup
2002Hautnah, Die Sammlung GoetzMuseum Villa Stuck, MünchenGroup
2002Form Follows FictionCastello di Rivoli, Rivoli-TorinoGroup
2002Minor AlterationsCenter for Curatorial Studies, New YorkGroup
2001Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
2001Form Follows FictionCastello di Rivoli, Turin Group
2001IngentingRooseum Center for Contemporary Art, MalmöGroup
2001ConversationsMusée Départemental de Gap, GapGroup
2001ARS 01Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinski Group
2001Working Tables, Permanent CollectionCentre Georges Pompidou, ParisGroup
2001DévolerInstitut d’Art Contemporain, VilleurbanneGroup
2001This side of paradiseMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkGroup
2000Gabriel OrozcoMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Solo
2000Gabriel OrozcoMuseo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico CitySolo
2000Gabriel OrozcoMuseo De Arte Contemporaneo De Monterrey, MonterreySolo
2000Blue MemoryShigemori Residence, KyotoSolo
2000Immediately Past, 60 minutesMK2 project café, Paris Solo
2000Versiones del Sur (Versions of the South)Museo Nacional Centro d’Arte Reina Sofia, MadridGroup
2000Ways of WorldmakingMuseum Plantin-Moretus, AntwerpenGroup
2000Les Chantiers de MuséeMusée des arts contemporains, HornuGroup
2000Gabriel Orozco invite à la Galerie Chantal Crousel la Galeria KurimanzuttoGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisGroup
2000Un Siècle d’Arpenteurs, Les Figures de la MarcheMusée Picasso, AntibesGroup
2000Mieux vaut une poule demain qu’un oeuf aujourd’huiFrac Picardie, Amiens Group
2000Soleils mexicainsMusée du Petit Palais, ParisGroup
2000Orbis TerrarumMusee Plantin, AntwerpenGroup
1999Gabriel OrozcoPortikus, FrancfortSolo
1999Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Solo
1999Museum Studies 5: Gabriel Orozco - PhotogravityPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Solo
1999WoodsMonica de Cardenas, MilanGroup
1999Om det sublimaRooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö Group
1999Elective AffinitiesWiener Festwochen, ViennaGroup
1999La ville, le Jardin, la MémoireVilla Médicis, RomaGroup
1999LaboratoriumProvinciaal Museum voor Fotografie, AntwerpenGroup
1999Grands papiersFrac Picardie, AmiensGroup
1998Clinton is InnocentMusée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris Solo
1998Que triunfen los estranjerosCentro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca Solo
1998Currents 75Charles Long Saint-Louis Museum, Saint LouisSolo
1998Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
1998Gabriel OrozcoCentre pour l’image contemporaine, Geneva Solo
1998Collection: un autre regardCAPC, BordeauxGroup
1998Early FormsGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisGroup
1998Le Fragment, la durée, le montageEcole des Beaux-Arts, QuimperGroup
1998Œuvres récentesGalerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Group
1998Unfinished HistoryWalker Art Center, Minneapolis Group
1997Carambole avec penduleChapelle du Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille Solo
1997Gabriel Orozco, Sigmar Polke : VoyagesGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisSolo
1997Gabriel OrozcoStaatlichen Museum am Kulturforum, BerlinSolo
1997Recordings and DrawingsStedelijk Museum, AmsterdamSolo
1997L’EmpreinteCentre Georges Pompidou, ParisGroup
1997Veronica’s RevengeCentre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva Group
1997Campo 6, The Spiral VillageBonnefanten Museum, MaastrichtGroup
1997Skulptur ProjekteLandesmuseum, Münster Group
1997EinladungSüdwestLB Forum, StuttgartGroup
1996Gabriel OrozcoKunsthalle, ZürichSolo
1996Gabriel OrozcoAnthony d’Offay, London Solo
1996Gabriel OrozcoInstitute of Contemporary Arts, LondonSolo
1996Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkSolo
1996AtomistsMonica De Cardenas, MilanSolo
1996Traffic, CapcMusée d’Art Contemporain, BordeauxGroup
1996Portrait of the artistAntony d’Offay Gallery, LondonGroup
1996Dites-le avec des fleursGalerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Group
1996Recaptured Nature - Recast MaterialBarbara Gross Galerie, MunichGroup
1996Gabriel Orozco, Rirkit Tiravanija ogThe Living Art Museum, ReykjavikGroup
1996Inside - OutMuseum of Contemporary Art, LaJollaGroup
1996Drawing on Chance: Selections from the Permanent CollectionMOMA, New York Group
1996Das AmericasMASP (Museum od Art Sao Paolo), Sao PaoloGroup
1996New AcquisitionsMoMA, New YorkGroup
1996CityscapeMonica de Cardenas, Milan Group
1996Site of BeingICA, BostonGroup
1996Blind SpotDallas Artists Exhibition Space, DallasGroup
1996Where is Abel, Thy Brother?Zacheta National Gallery of Contemporary Art, WarsawGroup
1995Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Monica de Cardenas, MilanSolo
1995Projekt : Gelbe SchwalbeDAAD, Berlin Solo
1995Gabriel OrozcoMicheline Szwajcer, Antwerpen Solo
1995CityscapeGalerie Monica de Cardenas, MilanGroup
1995Réalité DécaléeFRAC Bretagne, ChâteaugironGroup
1995Currents’ 95 : Familiar PlacesICA, BostonGroup
1995Glaube Hoffnung Liebe TodKunsthalle, ViennaGroup
1995Le saut dans le videMaison des artistes, MoscowGroup
1995In the FieldMargo Leavin Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
1995Lo crude y lo cocidoMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, MadridGroup
1995EndstationKunsthaus, ZurichGroup
1994Gabriel OrozcoMarian Goodman Gallery, New York Solo
1994Gabriel OrozcoMuseum of Contemporary Art, ChicagoSolo
1993Projects 41Museum of Modern Art, New York Solo
1993Gabriel OrozcoKanaal Art Foundation, KortrijkSolo
1993Gabriel OrozcoGalerie Crousel-Robelin, ParisSolo
1993Real TimeInstitute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) LondonGroup
1993BriquesGalerie Crousel-Robelin BAMA, ParisGroup
1993In TransitThe New Museum of Contemporary Art, New YorkGroup
1993Eros, c’est la vieLe Confort Moderne, PoitiersGroup
1993Watt, Witte de WithCenter for Contemlporary Art, RotterdamGroup
1993A Summer ShowMarian Goodman Gallery, New YorkGroup
1992Si Colon Supiera! ...Museo de Monterrey, Mexico. Group
1992America, Bride of the SunKoninklijk Museum voor schone Kunsten, AntwerpenGroup
1991Cuerpos EncontradosMuséo de la Alhondiga de Granaditas, GuanajuatoSolo
1991Another Mexican ArtistPasadena Art Center, California D.F.Group
1991Another Mexican ArtistBlue Star Art Space, San AntonioGroup
1991Cuerpos EncontradosMuseo de la Alhondiga de Granaditas, GuanajuatoGroup
1990Sculpture of the Americas into the NinetiesMuseum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington D.C.Group
1990Installations: Current DirectionsMuseum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New YorkGroup
1990Video D.F.Bronx Museum of the Arts, New YorkGroup
1989A propositoMuseo del Ex-Convento del Desierto de los Leones, Mexico D.F.Group
1989Artistas Mexicanos ContemporaneosSegundo Festival Latino Americano de Arte y Cultura, BrasiliaGroup
1987Six Nouveaux Regards MexicainsCentre Culturel du Mexique, Paris Group
1987Salon Nacional de Artos PlasticasSeccion Espacios Alternativos, Museo de Arte ModernoGroup
1985Sin Motivos Aparentes IMuseo Carrillo Gil, MexicoGroup
1984NeograficaMuseo Universitario del Chopo, MexicoGroup
1983Salon Nacional de Artes Plasticas, section dessinI.N.B.A. MexicoGroup