Mexican Modern Art: Photographs 1900-1950 opens at the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - February 21, 2000
« L'art moderne mexicain, 1900-1950 à l'affiche au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada »
The National Gallery of Canada is proud to announce the opening of Mexican Modern Art, 1900-1950, on view from 25 February to 17 May 2000. A diverse and stunning exhibition, co-produced with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, it will feature some 270 works by fifty of Mexico's finest artists. This selection of over 160 paintings, 20 sculptures, 30 photographs, and 60 prints will be the first display of Mexican modern art in Canada since the early forties. Well-known artists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros will be represented, as well as artists less familiar to Canadian audiences. Loans have been acquired from major public and some private collections in the United States and Mexico, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Mexican Modern Art, 1900-1950 is organized in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts by Mayo Graham, Director, National Outreach and International Relations, National Gallery of Canada, with Guest Curator Luis-Martín Lozano, Mexico City, and Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada.
"Mexico experienced not just a revolution but an artistic and cultural renaissance during the first half of the 20th century. The influence and innovations of modern Mexican artists extend well beyond that country's borders. With the presentation of this important exhibition, we hope to increase awareness in Canada of the forces shaping the artistic landscape in Mexico between 1900 and 1950," stated Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada. "It is their aesthetic ideas that constitute the real history of Mexican modern art."
A media preview will take place on Wednesday 23 February, beginning at 10 am in the Great Hall.
A tour of the exhibition with Luis-Martín Lozano, Guest Curator, Mexico City, will be followed by a luncheon. Viewing continues until 4 pm.
"In 1943 and 1961, there were small touring exhibitions of Mexican art in Canada," said Mayo Graham, Director, National Outreach and International Relations, National Gallery of Canada. "This presentation, however, is the first time that a major exhibition of Mexican modern art has been organized in Canada and for Canada. Included are paintings, sculpture, photographs, and graphic works, as well as a specially-produced video about the murals."
A fully illustrated catalogue in English and French has been published for the exhibition. Under the general editorship of Mayo Graham, it was written by Luis-Martín Lozano, with contributions by Laura González Matute, Sofía Rosales, Ann Thomas, Eloísa Uribe, James Wechsler, and Claudia Itzel Vargas.
It is on sale in The Bookstore for $54.95.
A program of lectures, tours, workshops, films, and performing arts has been developed to complement the exhibition. On Saturday 26 February at 1 pm, visit Mexican Modern Art with Guest Curator Luis-Martín Lozano. On Sunday 27 February at 1 pm in the Lecture Hall, Mr. Lozano will present a lecture entitled The Mexican Renaissance: From Diego Rivera to Frida Kahlo. Complete program information is listed in the Calendar of Events and is also available on the Gallery's website at http://national.gallery.ca/.
The National Gallery of Canada acknowledges the generous support of AIM Funds Management Inc., Corona Extra, CBC/Radio-Canada, Mexicana Airlines, the Mexican Tourism Office, and Magna International for this exhibition. The National Gallery also wishes to recognize the support and collaboration of the Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa.
The National Gallery has organized a complementary photography exhibition entitled Mexico as Muse: Photographs 1923-1986, an installation of some 57 photographs drawn from the Gallery's permanent collection, which examine the way internationally renowned artists were inspired by their experiences of Mexico. At the core of the exhibition are photographs by acclaimed artists Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston, accompanied by a selection of work by well-known photographers Robert Bourdeau, Harry Callahan, Leon Levinstein, Eric Renner, and Aaron Siskind. Mexico as Muse is currently on view until 7 May 2000.
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