Mexican modernist works hit Philly for the first major show of its kind in a generation.
One must-see piece at the Art Museum’s Mexican Modernism exhibit is Frida Kahlo’s 1932 Self Portrait On the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States.
The Art Museum’s new “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950” is the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to the subject in the US in more than 70 years. The museum’s permanent collection of Mexican art served as the inspiration—some pieces are among the most important in the country—and together with works on loan from Mexico, visitors will be able to appreciate the country’s incredible contributions to modern art.
According to curator Matthew Affron, the show touches on all aspects of modern art in Mexico. “Though the mural painting tradition remains that country’s best-known contribution to modernism in the visual arts, it is part of a much broader story. Artists were innovating in every possible medium, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Their work cut across all classifications, from the epic to the lyric. Visitors to the exhibition will find many surprises.”
Early post-Revolutionary artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo are on display, their works depicting a turbulent and creative time in Mexican history. This landmark exhibition, running October 25 through January 8, 2017, is exclusive to the Art Museum in the US.