Sol y Vida - Mexican Modern Art: 1900-1950

23 Feb 2000 - 17 May 2000

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. "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."