Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910 – 1940, examines the intense thirty year period of artistic creativity that took place in Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century. The turmoil of the revolution between 1910 and 1920 led to a period of profound political change in which the arts were placed centre stage. Comprising over 120 paintings and photographs, the exhibition brings together works from both public and private collections across the Americas and Europe.
Work by significant Mexican artists are placed alongside that of individuals who were affected by their experiences in Mexico. These include Josef Albers, Edward Burra, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Guston, Marsden Hartley, Tina Modotti, Henrietta Shore, Paul Strand, Leon Underwood and Edward Weston.
Highlights include Roberto Montenegro’s Mayan Woman, 1926 (Museum of Modern Art, New York); Diego Rivera’s Dance in Tehuantepec, 1928 (Collection of Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr.); Tina Modotti’s Workers Reading El Machete, c.1929 (Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc., New York); José Clemente Orozco’s Barricade, 1931 (Museum of Modern Art, New York); Edward Burra’s El Paseo, c.1938 (Private Collection); José Chávez Morado’s Carnival in Huejotzingo, 1939 (Phoenix Art Museum); Robert Capa’s, Women in truck with banners supporting presidential candidacy of General Manuel Avila Camacho, Mexico City, June–July 1940 (International Center of Photography) and a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo (Courtesy Sotheby’s).
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