• Art of the Moment

    • The art forms produced in Mexico by men truly committed to art and their ideologies, is exported to London.

    The artistic production that developed in Mexico between 1910 and 1940 arrives at the Royal Academy / 

    The Mexican artistic renaissance is arriving at the Royal Academy of Arts. All the creative power that was unleashed during the Mexican Revolution will be narrated in the rooms of this prestigious London institution. Works by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco will be shown alongside creators who arrived in the Central American country during that period.

    The heat of repression that was experienced in Mexico during the porfirista dictatorship lead to the indignation of valiant and creative men such as the master engraver José Guadalupe Posada. The technical and officiating men, committed with the social struggle, put their virtue at the service of the ideals of the time, as is shown in photographs by Manuel Ramos and his vision of the México lindo (beautiful Mexico).

    In total, the exhibition will host 120 pieces, from a creative period that ranges from 1910 through to 1940.

    “In this exhibition what is truly important is the way in which outside eyes see Mexico (…) and how it coincides in many aesthetic and figurative aspects with art that is being created in the country”, said Rafael Tovar, the president of the National Council for Culture and Arts in Mexico (CONACULTA),  the institution that collaborated with the project, in allusion to the pieces by foreign artists that are presented simultaneously, as where the works by Jean Charlot, the photographs by Edwards Weston, Tina Modotti, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Edward Burra and Sergei Eisenstein.

    Every single artist that lived in Mexico during that period contributed an important liaison with the country’s history, they identified with the rich culture and tradition they encountered, with the Old World’s Promised Land, and the people who sought autonomy and freedom after being plundered by the coloniser. The showing was compiled due to the collaboration of public and private institutions, and will be shown from the 6th of July through to the 29th of September. As part of this exposition, there will be a series of lectures and studies pertaining to the Mexican Revolution, Surrealist Mexico and other issues that delve into the experience surrounding this fierce stage in Mexican art. 

    Further information about Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940, in this link.

     

    Images:

    I: Jose Chavez Morado, Carnival in Huejotzingo (1939).

    II: Tina Modotti, Workers Reading El Machete (c.1929).

    III: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lords of the Dance (1931).

     

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