Social Commitment Citibanamex, through Fomento Cultural Banamex, AC, and the Ricardo Martínez Foundation, AC, present the exhibition Ricardo Martínez and the human figure, at the Casa de Cultura Citibanamex-Museo Casa Montejo, which brings together 19 works made in the last decades of the life of this Mexican artist, in which he dedicated himself to the representation of the human figure.
Ricardo Martínez (1918-2009) began his artistic career in the 1940s by painting protraits and realistic landscapes, but the human figure was present from the beginning. His love for reading and his own trade led him to relate to the intellectual world: writers, dancers, actors and plastic artists, who eventually came to ask him to participate in the illustration of a book or the creation of a set design. From these collaborations some important results are presented in this exhibition, examples that demonstrate, Martinez enormous capacity for drawing.
From the decade of 1960s, his artistic restlessness turned to the representation of the human figure. The works presented in this exhibition give an account of the last stage of his artistic work, to which he dedicated his creativity. To a large extent, Ricardo Martínez found his inspiration in prehispanic pieces, basically anthropomorphic, coming from different cultures of Mesoamerica.
Under the curatorship of Miriam Kaiser, this exhibition seeks to highlight the way in which Ricardo Martínez’s paintings recognize and express a dramatic dimension, always showing a beauty that is both ancestral and modern, as well as highlighting the importance of color, which is applied with subtlety and strength by the painter.
Likewise, this project endorses the mission of Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C., to promote, preserve and spread the culture of Mexico, in this case, through exhibitions that disseminate the work and talent of Mexican artists.
Ricardo Martínez and the human figure will be open until December 2018, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm at the Casa Montejo Museum, located at Calle 63 No. 506 (x 60 and 62), in downtown Mérida, Yucatán. Admission is free.
In addition, House of Culture Citibanamex offers free guided tours to the general public from Tuesday to Saturday at 11, 13 and 17 hours, and on Sundays at 11 and 13 hours.
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