For OMR, this is a special and defining moment, in which we take a decisive step into the future: we close the first chapter of the gallery, leaving the building that has hosted us for so many years. It is, therefore, a good time to ponder on what we have done and to weight our history and trajectory. With this latest exhibition at Plaza Rio de Janeiro, we decided to make an encyclopedic review of the work of three decades, from our pre-internet beginnings to the present day. We present the stock of the gallery, arranged alphabetically without prioritizing some artists over others. We opened the archive, the book collection, the photographic and video library, so that they are available to visitors for consultation. In parallel we have given the task to digitize and publish everything on our website, a capital work in progress. We invite you to explore this archive and this heritage that somehow summarizes what we have been and who we are today; to travel through this historical labyrinth that we wanted to make accessible and public. Plaza Rio de Janeiro 54 has had throughout its history several vocations and very illustrious inhabitants. It was the House of Spain, later the College of Mexico, when presided by Don Alfonso Reyes – his office was the living room with wood trimmings; Octavio Paz and Antonio Alatorre had their research cubicles in the back rooms of the first floor. It was before a porfirian residence and then a nursing home for province female children. In 1984 it became OMR, it survived the earthquake of 1985 and it has seen the recovery of the area from the years 2000. The annex 52 was Alejandro Jodorowsky’s home during the 50s, and during the 90s was the home of the magazine Arts of Mexico. These spaces have been a neural center of the Roma neighborhood, part of the cultural spectrum of the area and of Mexico. OMR has presented over 400 exhibitions; launched projects and initiatives at national and international level; announced artists early in their careers and grew up with many of them. It also presented the work many important artists who had never exhibited in this country before.
Many people have been along with us in this fabulous adventure: artists from at least four generations, friends, collectors, museums, curators, institutions, colleagues, advisers, sponsors, designers, printers, publishers, shippers, operators. It is impossible to mention them all, but by reviewing the archive of the OMR we reminded each and every one of you, and we express our sincere gratitude, especially to the professional team that has worked with us over the years and have made this project possible. What OMR has been and what it is now is due to their enthusiasm, cooperation and support. We say goodbye to this space through this latest project leaving changes of vision and perspective we have had with the passage of time; cherishing the multiple projects and moments that shaped it, some of them wonderful and fascinating, some other comic, loving, intense, strange but each one of them endearing. There is something sweet and bitter, some nostalgia and hope in this process. It is to assume the end of an era and the beginning of a second chapter that we will share with all of you.
This is therefore a celebratory time. In February 2016 we will open the new space in Cordoba 100. We hope you will continue to accompany us.