Dallas museum to display 20th century Mexican art exhibit
DALLAS — The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) announced that it will host the Mexico City exhibit “Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde.”
The exhibition includes more than 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography and drawings that document the artistic renaissance of the Latin country in the first half of the 20th century.
The exhibition, which is currently displayed at the “Grand Palais” in Paris, will come to this city thanks to a collaboration between the DMA and the Mexican Ministry of Culture. The exhibition will be inaugurated on March 12 and will remain open until July 16, Notimex reported.
Dallas will be the only city in the United States where the exhibition will be set up, the first organized by the new director of the DMA, the Mexican Agustín Arteaga, who until recently was the director of the National Museum of Art in Mexico City.
“The DMA has a rich history of collection and presentation of Mexican art and this exhibition offers our visitors the opportunity to explore in depth the diverse and vibrant voices that distinguish Mexican art in the first half of the twentieth century,” Arteaga said.
The exhibition “shows not only the greats of Mexican art but also those who may have been eclipsed internationally by names like Rivera and Kahlo,” he explained.
Arteaga said the exhibition “helps expand our understanding of what modern Mexican art means and diversify the artistic narratives attributed to the country.”
The DMA explained in a statement that “Mexico 1900-1950 reveals how Mexican art of the twentieth century is directly linked to the international avant-garde and is distinguished by an incredible singularity, forged in part by the upheaval and transformation caused by the Mexican Revolution in the beginnings of 1900.”
He added that the exhibition “begins with an introduction to the nineteenth-century images and traditions that preceded and in turn inspired Mexican modernism, and include works produced by Mexican artists who lived and worked in Paris at the beginning of the century.”
Through the exhibition also examines how the Revolution helped to consolidate a new national identity and a visual culture in Mexico, as embody the murals of Rivera, Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
The exhibition will be organized thematically and presented with explanatory material in English and Spanish, according to the DMA.
The exhibition will be reinforced by the inclusion of key works from the DMA’s art collection, which covers more than a thousand works and pieces made over three millennia.