05. October - 23. January 2017 Paris

MEXIQUE 1900-1950

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Le Cadre, 1938, Fixé sur verre (plaque de verre), Paris, Centre Pompidou, musée national d’art moderne, Centre de création industrielle, Achat de l’État en 1939, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Claude Planchet, © [2016] Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Adagp, Paris
José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), Les Femmes des soldats, 1926, México, INBA, Collection Museo de Arte Moderno, Photo © Francisco Kochen, © Adagp, Paris 2016
Diego Rivera (1886-1957), La Rivière Juchitán, 1953-1955, Mexico, Museo Nacional de Arte, dépôt à l’INBA du département de l’Administration et de l’Aliénation des biens, secrétariat des Finances et du Crédit public, 2015 © Jorge Vertíz Gargollo, © 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F / Adagp, Paris

Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and the avant-garde

The Grand Palais Museum in Paris has joined with the Mexican Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the National Institute of Fine Arts and the National Art Museum (MUNAL) to organise an exhibition that traces a vast panorama across modern Mexico, from the first stirrings of the Revolution to the middle of the 20th century, complemented by a number of works from contemporary artists.

Mexican 20th century art offers the paradox of having close links to the international avant-garde yet presenting an incredible singularity, a certain strangeness even, and a power that challenges our European perspective.

The exhibition consists of four sections. The first part how modernity drew inspiration from the collective imaginary and traditions of the 19th century an how international currents came to counterbalance such anchorage in tradition.

The second part focuses on the Mexican Revolution, as an armed conflict and how it laid the groundwork for a new national identity. The artistic creativity in the years following the Revolution had an ideological aspect. It employed media other than easel painting, including muralism and graphic design. Naturally, the exhibition focuses on the work of the three leading artists of Mexican muralism, 'los tres grandes': Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.

The third part of the exhibition explores a selection of artists and works offering an alternative to the ideologies of the time: the hallucinatory masks of Germán Cueto, Robert Montenegro’s enigmatic portraits and the abstractions of Gerardo Murillo 'Dr. Atl' and Rufino Tamayo.

The fourth and final part is entitled A Meeting of 'Two Worlds: Hybridation' demonstrates how, from the start of the 20th century, Mexican artists resident in the United States played a decisive role in the avant-garde scenes in cities like New York, Detroit and Los Angeles.

For art lovers interested in the unique Mexican art the exhibition offers chance to discover great artists like Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera  to The exhibition 'Mexique 1900-1950' will still be on view until January 23.

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