Mexican painters’ masterpieces to be exhibited at Paris.

By Renán Moguel

The Grand Palais will be hosting the legacy of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo, among others.

The ‘Mexico 1900-1950’ exhibit – which houses works of renowned artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo and José Clemente Orozco – will be hosted by the Museum of the Grand Palais in Paris, France, from the 5th of October to January 23rd, 2017.

frida diego1Diego Rivera, "Río Juchitán", 1953-1955 - Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA Asignación al Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes a través del Sistema de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, 2015 ©Jorge Vertíz Gargoll

The exhibit was unveiled during a press conference organized by the Mexican Secretariat of Culture, and it was presented by the French ambassador, Maryse Bossiére, along with the Secretary of Culture, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa and the art curator, Agustín Arteaga.

The exhibition, which was desired by the highest French and Mexican authorities, is the largest event dedicated to Mexican art since 1953. The French diplomat assured she was rejoiced they were finally able to realize an event of these dimensions and pointed out how much hunger the French public has for Mexican art and culture.

She also stated that the exhibits devoted to prehispanic Mexico at the ethnologic museum of Quai Branly – specifically that of Teotihuacan in 2009 ant he one of the Great Maya in 2014 – have been the two most visited galleries of the museum, since its opening 10 years ago.

frida diego

Offering a panorama of these famous artists, the exhibition tour is a testament to the vibrant artistic creativity of our country, throughout the twentieth century.

Even though the hype revolves mainly around the names “Frida” and “Diego”, Maryse Bossiére also mentioned that the audience will be able to discover other great but lesser known artists, of the likes of Orozco and Siqueiros, who had, both of them, very important roles in the development and uniqueness of the Mexican art in the 1920’s.

The ambassador celebrated the association of the Franco-Mexican Strategic Council, the presidents of the French and Mexican republics, the Mexican National Institute of Beaux Arts, the Secretariat of Culture and the French Reunion of National Museums, to which the Grand Palais belongs.

frida diego2Original image: “Grand Palais at Sunset”, by Sebastian Werner, under CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

The exhibit, which is composed of 200 pieces (paintings, sculptures, photography, and more), will inaugurate next 4th of October, by Rafael Tovar y de Teresa and Audrey Azoulay, French minister of culture.


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