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Expected 11 Oct 2019 - 29 Mar 2020

Expected: Exhibition Intense Mexico: Politics, Identity, Sex and Death.

Famous Mexican art from the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), Mexico City

  • The exhibition Intense Mexico includes 46 paintings and photographs by famous artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. 
  • Four themes: Politics, Identity, Sex and Death.
  • Día de los Muertos op 1 en 2 november in Amstelveen

image: Olga Costa La vendedora de frutas 1951

With the exhibition Intens Mexico, politics, identity, sex and death, the Dutch public will be introduced to important Mexican modern art and the cultural engagement of the artists in Mexico. There will be works from world-famous artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, and also from national celebrities such as Francisco Toledo and Graciela Iturbide, whose work has never been exhibited in the Netherlands before.

 

Graciela Iturbide, Nuestra senora de las iguanas, Juchitan, Mexico 1979. Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura

The exhibition from the collection of the M.A.M. Museo de Arte Moderno, one of Mexico’s most important museums, is curated by its former director Sylvia Navarrete Bouzard. The selection covers the period from the Mexican Revolution in 1910 to the tumultuous rise of globalization in the early 1990s.

The earliest works from this exhibition show how painters depicted the poverty and discontent among farmers. Later, as a result of the migration from the countryside to the big cities (and the migration to the United States), other forms and archetypes of poverty and inequality emerged, as we can see in the work of Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Themes such as national identity, class society, traditions and ethnic origin were regularly addressed in portraits. The sometimes erotic portraits were simultaneously a tribute to remote regions of the country, where ancestral traditions such as matriarchy and historical tolerance towards sexual diversity still existed. Frida Kahlo’s suggestive work Los cocos is a good example.

Frida Kahlo. Los Cocos 1951. Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura © 2019 Banco de México, Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. 5 de Mayo No. 2, col Centro, alc. Cuauhtemoc, c.p. 06000, Ciudad de México".

The exhibition also gives ample room to the visualization of the subconscious. Traditionally an essential part of Mexican society and therefore also an important theme in Mexican art. We see dream worlds and ghostly images (Ricardo Martínez), and zoomorphic and anthropomorphic motifs (Francisco Toledo and Rufino Tamayo, among others). In their idyllic landscapes, artists depicted both the spirituality and the primitive character of Mexico.

Rufino Tamayo, Desnudo en gris, 1931 Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura

Día de los Muertos in Amstelveen 

Every year on 1 and 2 November the whole of Mexico celebrates Día de los Muertos. Nowadays this ‘festival of death’, which can be compared to our All Souls’/All Saints’ Day, is a world-famous phenomenon that has become part of Mexican identity. This Unesco heritage draws millions of people to Mexico every year. On Dias de los Muertos the dead are commemorated and honoured with private altars, papier-mâché dolls (cartonería), skulls (calaveras), processions and in many other uniquely imaginative ways.

On 1 en 2 November 2019, the Cobra Museum will bring Día de los Muertos to Amstelveen. Mexican artists will make an altar in the Cobra museum, where people from Amstelveen can come to pay their respects to their dead loved ones. For this special occasion, the museum will remain open in the evening to serve as a festive place of remembrance. In the weeks leading up to the festival, Mexican artists will host cartonería workshops in the museum. On 2 November, Cinema Amstelveen will show the film Coco (Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures 2017) for the children of Amstelveen. Prior to the film, children can visit the altar in the Cobra Museum and have their faces painted according to the Mexican Día de los Muertos tradition.

Diego Rivera, Retrato de Cuca Bustamante 1946 Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura © 2019 Banco de México, Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. 5 de Mayo No. 2, col Centro, alc. Cuauhtemoc, c.p. 06000, Ciudad de México".
Graciela Iturbide, Nuestra senora de las iguanas, Juchitan, Mexico 1979. Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura
Frida Kahlo. Los Cocos 1951. Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura © 2019 Banco de México, Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. 5 de Mayo No. 2, col Centro, alc. Cuauhtemoc, c.p. 06000, Ciudad de México".
Graciela Iturbide, Autorretrato 1, de la serie Francolin, 2009. Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura
Rufino Tamayo, Desnudo en gris, 1931 Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Obrero en huelga asesinado, 1934. Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura
Olga Costa La vendedora de frutas 1951, Collection Museo de Arte Moderno/INBAL-Secretaría de Cultura

 

 

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