April 2024


Cositas visit & tote bags workshop

We Don’t Make Mistakes, We Just Have Happy Accidents includes 1 visit to Cositas exhibition + 1 tote bags workshop (4 dates available):

    • Saturday, May 4, 2024.
    • Saturday, June 1, 2024.
    • Saturday, July 6, 2024.
    • Saturday, August 3, 2024.
    • 13:00 a 14:30 h
    • No registration needed | Limited quota | Free
    • For young people and adults
    • Arte Abierto | piso 2 Artz Pedregal



What triggers between us a fall, a stumble or a mistake? What meaning do we give to accidents and to all things that do not turn out as we expected?

We Don’t Make Mistakes, We Just Have Happy Accidents is a visit/workshop to Cositas exhibition. This dynamic invites us to explore accidents in art, in life, and the thin line that unites or separates them. It is a small pause in our Saturday to reimagine our notion of the unpredictable, the imperfect and the uncontrollable.

Through the intervention of tote bags using a dripping technique, participants will explore the “controlled accident” as a form of artistic production and, thus, have an experience that brings them closer to assuming that nothing can be completely controlled and that, as the good Bob Ross said, “we don’t make mistakes, we only have happy accidents.”





In search of the invisible: Cycle of Cositas workshops with Estudio Nómade.

For “I had put it here” (workshop one) we have scheduled 2 days of workshop with 2 different times per day.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Arte Abierto | 2nd floor | Artz Pedregal
  • Free | Limited space (Registration 15 minutes before each workshop at Arte Abierto’s box office)
  • For children between 6 and 11 years old, accompanied by their family


Children will create a cinematic narrative on a crankie box using invisible ink. Based on the I had put it here meme that appears in the Cositas exhibition, we will invite you to speculate stories with the help of some questions such as: What was it that the cat had put there? Who moved it? Where is he? In such a way that it allows them to respond to the meme, clarify the case and get their imagination going.

In Search of the Invisible is a cycle of workshops for kids designed by Estudio Nómade to explore Cositas by Mario García Torres from imagination, play and speculation.



Estudio Nómade

This studio is formed by Elvia González and Carlos Villajuárez who combine their multiple disciplines to generate a space for creation, play, imagination, exchange of ideas, art and speculation. Within the studio they put into practice exercises that combine different disciplines such as visual arts, cinema, theater, literature, illustration and editorial design, in order to achieve a novel and playful space in which participants can discover other ways of creating and take it to life. everyday practice. As part of the development of the workshops, dynamics of integration, participation and collaboration are established to highlight the creative capacity and sensitivity as something natural in each of us.

Estudio Nómade has given workshops at the UNAM Palace of Autonomy, Open Art, Espacio Báltico, Universidad Iberoamericana, Children’s Libraries Working Group of the Official College of Librarians-Documentalists of Catalonia, among others. Likewise, its editorial line has been part of book fairs such as “A book is…” by Arte Abierto, “Fronteras. Independent Publishers Fair” organized by Casa Espiral at the Carrillo Gil Art Museum, “Cultural Book Fair” at the Iberoamerican University, among others.

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Pictorial Functionalism: The proposal for plastic integration of Mario Pani and Carlos Mérida.

A conversation with Rodrigo Torres Ramos

The link between urbanism and plastic arts is one of the utopian visions of architectural modernity that is perceived most effectively in the urban space of Mexico City. Important housing, education, health, culture and entertainment venues were the receptacle for interventions—moderate or monumental in size—that explored the concern to integrate art into daily life.

Stated as “plastic integration”, this strategy was used by the team of architect Mario Pani and painter Carlos Mérida to provide the multi-family homes and housing units built between 1949 and 1964 with an environment conducive to the emotional enjoyment of their inhabitants, from the incorporation of painting and sculpture to architectural volumes.


Pictorial Functionalism: The proposal for plastic integration of Mario Pani and Carlos Mérida..
A conversation with Rodrigo Torres Ramos

  • Saturday, April 20, 2024
  • 13:00h
  • At Arte Abierto, located on the 2nd floor of Artz Pedregal
  • Free admission

No registration needed.


Rodrigo Torres Ramos
Architect from the UNAM Faculty of Architecture (2019), specialized in Museum Project Management from the UNAM Faculty of Architecture (2022). He is a researcher and curator whose work delves into the complex intersections between art and architecture in the context of Mexican modernity, with a particular emphasis on the first half of the 20th century. His academic contributions have found spaces in academic journals such as Bitácora Arquitectura, and he has been a speaker at various national and international forums on architecture and modern art, organized by institutions such as FA-UNAM and CENIDIAP in Mexico, CIAP in Argentina and the International Sculpture Center in the United States. He has been a curator, museographer, head of the education department and guest researcher at public institutions such as the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, the Tamayo Museum, the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Studio Museum. He has brought his expertise to numerous curatorial and museographic projects in private galleries and independent spaces, and is the founder and director of Mirador Tlatelolco, an independent space focused on the research and exhibition of the intersections between art, design and architecture.

Arte Abierto continues with its new public program Derivas de Arte y Arquitectura (Art & Architecture Derives), which seeks to renew our gaze on the architectural legacy of Mexico City. From a series of talks focused on rescuing the parallel stories of emblematic architectural projects and public spaces that have witnessed the variable intersection between art and architecture. In this first stage, the program deals mainly with modern architecture, based on a series of talks given by invited curators, architects, artists and urban planners.

With this program, ways of returning to architecture part of its public, experiential, collective character and close to those of us who inhabit the city are tested, recognizing in it its condition as a living archive. From these talks, circumstances, contexts and anecdotes are revealed that have been part of his sensitive memory and that complement his material memory, a relationship that often escapes documentary narratives and academic accounts.

The objective of the drifts is to generate experiences of spatial rediscovery, which allow us to renew our gaze on the legacy of certain emblematic architectural and artistic works, as well as those that have been forgotten.

The derives will be carried out free of charge on the last Saturday of each month, at 1:00 p.m. with a limited capacity.

Arte Abierto Derives :

February 26: Tania Ragasol / Entorno urbano, cotidianidad y arte: La Torre de los Vientos by Gonzalo Fonseca

March 26 : David Miranda / Del Animal Herido y otros eventos escultóricos dentro de la arquitectura moderna

April 23: Gustavo Lipkau y Xavier Hierro / Integración plástica de los edificios del campus central de CU: sus murales

May 28: Marisol Argüelles / La casa-estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. Del espacio doméstico a la dimensión de lo público

June 25: Luis Javier de la Torre/ La Ruta de la Amistad MÉXICO68… más allá de 1968

July 30: Aldo Solano/ Architecture for playing in 20th Century Mexico City.

August 27: Christian del Castillo/ Tracing the modern in the architecture of the Historic Center of Mexico City.

September 24: Juan José Kochen/ The Ideal of the Multifamily Apartment cComplex.

October 29: Tania Candiani/ Quantum Prelude. Sound activation by Tania Candiani.

March 25: Ana Garduño/ Cultural Geographies: The invention of museum circuits in 20th century Mexico City.

May 27: Rebeca Barquera/ The Plastic Integration Movement México: More than murals on buildings.

June 17: Julián Arroyo Cetto/ Max Cetto in the beginning of El Pedregal.

July 29: Peter Kriegel/ The eco-aesthetics of El Pedregal and constructive botany in the megacity of Mexico.

August 26: Arturo Rivera García y Roberto Bustamante Castrejón/ Jardines del Pedregal Legacy: Memory and Identity.

September 30: Tonatiuh Martínez/ The garden as an extension of nature.

October 21: Lorena Botello/ Clara Porset’s Design: Between Tradition and Modernity.

March 23: Rodrigo Torres Ramos / Pictorial Functionalism: The proposal for plastic integration of Mario Pani and Carlos Mérida.