The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum

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The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum

The great-grandson of the art collector Peggy Guggenheim opened a gallery in an eco-resort in Tulum, where corrugated concrete walls and wooden floors create an unusual backdrop for works of art.

Inaugurated last month, IK Lab is located in the luxurious Azulik ecological resort in the popular tourist resort on the coast of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula. The project was born when Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, a descendant of the famous Guggenheim family, suggested to the founder and designer of the resort Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel to open an art gallery.

Guggenheim’s proposal continues the legacy of his ancestors: his great-grandmother Peggy was a legendary American art dealer and the niece of Solomon R Guggenheim, the wealthy American businessman and philanthropist who financed many museums including the Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiral building in New York.

The gallery is built with cement and wood of local origin. Its organic forms move away from the traditional "white box" typically associated with art galleries. The branches of the trees provide the structure for the irregular canopy that covers the exhibition space. Smaller sticks arranged in a diagonal slot in the middle, with narrow spaces, allow the light to filter. The light is also managed through a series of round windows, of various shapes and sizes, which pierce the walls.


The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum
The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum
The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum
The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum
The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum
The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum
The IK Lab art gallery in Tulum
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