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Hotel Matilda and Artist Spencer Tunick to Bare It All

July 26, 2016

Tunick is known for his mass installations of live nudes in public locations. The most famous showcased 18,000 nudes in Mexico City - a world-famous photograph that was adapted as wallpaper at Hotel Matilda.

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico - Hotel Matilda and famous photographer Spencer Tunick will be undressing the art world next month, once again. Tunick is known for his mass installations of live nudes in public locations. The most famous to date showcased 18,000 nudes in Mexico City - a world-famous photograph that was adapted as wallpaper at Hotel Matilda.

On August 18, 2016, Tunick will unveil his latest unabashed performance art - a video of nudes underwater in the bubbling pool at Hotel Matilda - at a "Supper Club" at Matilda's Moxi restaurant.

Hotel Matilda's Chef de Cuisine, Carlos Zamora, in collaboration with a special guest chef, Jorge Ildefonso, the Executive Chef at the Viceroy Riviera Maya, will prepare an original, multi-course menu. A cocktail reception on the pool deck before dinner will feature spirits by Hennessey, while the dinner will be paired with Moet wines and champagnes. Tunick will be the evening's special guest, with his video shown for the first time while bubbles in the pool echo the ambiance created for the video and reflect the Moet pairing with dinner. A new bubble maker for the pool was launched for the filming of the video.

"Our Supper Club featuring Spencer Tunick will be an uncensored evening of delights, combining a titillating art event with mouth watering dining experiences by two of Mexico's most innovative chefs," said Bruce James, Director of Hotel Matilda.

The August 18 Supper Club is 1,500 pesos per person, or about $80 USD. For reservations: restaurant(at)

Hotel Matilda hosts extravagant, epicurean Supper Clubs several times a year in Moxi that feature acclaimed guest chefs and original menus and wine pairings. Moxi is operated by Enrique Olvera, Mexico's internationally renowned chef whose Mexico City restaurant, Pujol, is ranked #16 on the San Pellegrino list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. The Supper Clubs, combined with Chef Olvera's acclaimed menu in Moxi, have fired a reputation in Mexico for the hotel as a culinary innovator.

Spencer Tunick has garnered international recognition for photographing large numbers of nude people posed in artistic formations, in destinations worldwide. His works are showcased in a number of books, from European Installations to Reaction Zone, shot in front of the United Nations building in New York. His most famous photograph - a sensational shot that made international headlines in 2007 of 18,000 nudes in Mexico City's main square - has been adopted to become the wallpaper in the bathroom of Hotel Matilda's Mi bar.

As Chef de Cuisine at Moxi, Carlos Zamora, a graduate of the prestigious Ambrosia Culinary Center in Mexico City, prepares original interpretations of Mexican classics using authentic local flavors. Moxi's menu is inspired by the rich Mexican tradition of markets, street stalls and homemade meals and is influenced by the cuisines of multiple destinations including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Barcelona, Los Cabos and Veracruz.

Jorge Ildefonso took charge of the kitchen at Viceroy Riviera Maya as Executive Chef in December 2014. Previously, he had honed his culinary skills at leading hotels and resorts throughout Mexico. He prepares gourmet Mexican cuisine in La Marea that melds tradition with innovation and new interpretations and techniques, and at the exclusive resort's seaside Coral Grill oversees delectable Mexican-Mediterranean dishes cooked on wood-burning grills.

Hotel Matilda is a dynamic contemporary hotel celebrated for its chic lifestyle-focused guest experience and one-of-a-kind art and culinary events. The 'Matilda lifestyle' guest experience combines an award-winning holistic spa; Bar Mi known for its creative mixology; designer rooms and suites; a vibrant art-gallery-like interior - the first and only contemporary ambiance in colonial San Miguel de Allende - filled with an eclectic collection of dramatic contemporary works by noted artists, many specifically commissioned for the hotel; and world-class dining by Enrique Olvera in Moxi. For more information and reservations, call 855-MATILDA (855-628-4532) toll free, email info(at), or visit