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Of all the cultural venues, the contemporary art gallery is the most homogeneous space out there. Based on the “white cube” concept popularized in mid-century New York, the modern art gallery is characterized by neutral interiors featuring straight lines, plain white walls and polished floors that constitute a self-effacing aesthetic that aims to excise all interference between the viewers and the artworks. IK LAB Gallery, a new arts and cultural space set amidst the Mayan jungle of Tulum, Mexico, turns this conventional format on its head by radically redefining the relationship between art and its physical environment.
Located on the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, within the pioneering Azulik ecological resort, the gallery was conceived by Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, the great-grandson of legendary American art dealer Peggy Guggenheim and Tulum local, as an inspirational place where the world’s finest creative minds can explore new ways of creation.
Designed by owner and CEO of Azulik, Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel, as an embodiment of the Yucatan peninsula’s abundant nature and rich spiritual heritage, the gallery is an eco-friendly, womb-like space, part tree-house, part nest. Its organic, convoluted and dream-like architecture, rather than cleansing visitors’ visual palettes, ignites their imagination and allows them to experience the artworks through a heightened state of mind.
IK LAB gallery, which is under the direction of Rumney Guggenheim, opened its doors in April of 2018 with its inaugural exhibition “Alignments”, a group show with sculptures and installations by Tatiana Trouvé, Artur Lescher and Margo Trushina, three artists whose work explores the human journey through both physical and metaphysical realms.