The French audience is one of the most loyal and knowledgeable of Mexican art. Mexico took note of this when the two most visited exhibitions in the history of the Musée du Quai Branly were about Mexican pre-Columbian art. Since October the 5th and until January 23rd Parisians and tourists will be able to appreciate, at the Grand Palais, the largest exhibition of Mexican paintings ever featured in Paris.
The display includes paintings, sculptures, photography and films produced during the years 1900 – 1950. A period in Mexican history full of popular rebellion, revolution, civil war, consolidation and even of an impressive economic growth, “The Mexican Miracle”. A very rich and wide cultural heritage was constructed during this period. It was also during this time that the Mexican Painting Academy was created, and with it muralism, a strong social and political content that allowed the Mexican people and the lower-class society to have access to fine art.
The exhibition includes artworks borrowed from more than 20 Mexican and international museums and foundations as well as from more than 30 private American and European collections. All this with the purpose of allowing the French audience to have a new perspective of Mexican art. Projecting as well the Mexican pride of its millenarian and at the same time cosmopolitan essence.
64 Mexican artists are reunited in this art showing. Some of them already internationally renowned, such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Jose Clemente Orozco. Being this an exceptional opportunity to introduce great Mexican painters that are not well known in Europe.
The exposition is divided in varied sections with subjects such as: Mexico and the Revolution, Mexicans in Paris, Mexico and the United States, Mexican Cinema, Surrealism and Strong Women. In this last section, we can see one of the most emblematic paintings of Mexican modern art, “The Two Fridas”, by Frida Kahlo.
A painting that reflects Frida’s mixed heritage (European and Amerindian) as well as her constant physical pain due to the multiple surgical procedures she had through her life. It is said that for this painting Frida was inspired by two French pieces of art, The Two Sisters by Théodore Chassériau and the anonymous Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of Her Sisters.
By Martha Zeceña-Naranjo (M1)