My friend Eugenio López Alonso, the man behind the amazing Jumex Collection, was the host for the two-day extravaganza where international art world figures, celebrities and Mexico’s who’s who rubbed elbows in a series of fabulous events. To say that it was one of the most spectacular and memorable events I’ve been to, is an understatement.
The weekend celebrations kicked off with a cocktail party for the international guests on Friday night at the historic 19th century mansion: Casa de la Bola, where the Hollywood set, such as Eva Longoria and Will Ferrell, mixed with art luminaries, such as Sydney Picasso, Klaus Biesenbach and Jeffrey Deitch. My posse included my dear friend and travel companion James Moore, David Cooley and Paolo Marini; we all flew into Mexico City together and joined a very large LA contingent attending the weekend extravaganza.
Saturday afternoon, after a delightful lunch at Tori Tori in Polanco with James, David, Paolo and Brooke Davenport; the doors to the museum opened for all the awaiting guests including Darren Star, Simon de Pury, and Frieze New York’s Amanda Sharp mingling with Mexico’s Soumaya Slim, Fernando Romero, Paulina Rubio, and Gabriel Orozco, to name a few. The Kass friends included: Waldo Fernandez, Eduardo de la Vega, Loree Rodkin, Yuri Bradak, Isa Jonay, Nicky Haskel, Wendy Stark, Miriam Rothbart, Ahmed Ashmawi and so many more!
Finally the grand event took place at the Deportivo Estado Mayor Presidencial, where a 1920 Hollywood style grand set was built to host the 1500 or so guests attending with a grand orchestra and gold gilded stairs on all sides of the square space emulating an inverted Aztec pyramid. Shortly after midnight, DJ Mark Ronson took over and got the dance floor rocking, bringing the party to its peak. Guests, including Michael and Eva Chow, Stavros Niarchos, Vito Schnabel, Julio Santo Domingo and many, many others, danced well into the early hours of the morning. The after party was at Eugenio’s penthouse in Polanco, but that part of the evening is off limits!
So many insane things happened over the course of this mad weekend…but thankfully, it’s all a blur!!!
Robert Kass, David Cooley, the lovely Miriam Rothbart and Nicky Haskel
Isa Jonay, David Cooley, Paolo Marini and Robert Kass
Vanity Fair’s Wendy Stark and friend
Robert Kass, David Cooley and Paolo Marini at Tori Tori
Brooke Davenport and friend, James Moore, Paolo Marini and David Cooley
The LA Gang: Robert Kass, James Moore, Brooke Davenport and friend,Paolo Marini and David Coooley
Robert Kass and James Moore looking dapper
Opening of Museo Jumex
The LA boys: Paolo Marini, David Cooley, James Moore, Isa Jonay and Yuri Bradac
Robert Kass and Isa Jonay
Robert Kass looking super dapper
Outdoor view of Museo Jumex
Main event at Deportivo Estado Mayor Presidencial
Grand Orchestra’s director
Golden stairs and guests
Being smothered by Yuri Bradac