Didem Doğan

The modern Mexico: Vanguard and Pioneer, an exhibition in MALBA

A wonderful exhibition at the Museum of Latin America in Buenos Aires, Recoleta. It is a symbolical account of the art movements and the great transformation that Mexico went through during the first half of the twentieth century. The heritage of indigenous cultures, the violence of the colonial era, the promise of the revolution, all these stories are told through the art works of the most important painters of the country, a general look at Mexico’s unique history. Dr. Atl, Miguel Covarrubias, Saturnino Herrán, María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, Agustín Lazo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, Antonio Ruiz “El Corcito”, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Remedios Varo, Ángel Zárraga; these names are legendary and the exhibition collected some of the most important works. In four separate halls gathered around different themes such as modernity, social revolution, popular culture, surrealism it shows you how in Mexico the art of painting played an important political role and was indeed a tool for political expression. This does not deny that technically and in aesthetic terms these paintings are cited among the most valuable art works in art history. From Diego Rivera and Orozco, who are known more with their murals (Palacio Nacional and Fine Arts Museum in Mexico City) to more personal paintings of F. Kahlo the exhibition shows what is related to Mexico and its sui generic personality.