Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910 – 1940

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Diego Rivera – ‘Dance in Tehuantepec’, 1928

Opening this week, at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Art, this exhibition features art of the Mexican Revolution. The turmoil between 1910 and 1920 was a period of great political change in which the arts were placed centre stage. Often referred to as a cultural renaissance, artists were employed by the Ministry of Public Education on arts projects designed to promote the principles of the revolution. The show examines the intense thirty year period of artistic creativity that took place at the beginning of the twentieth century. This exhibition brings together work by Mexican artists at the forefront of the artistic movement including Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Also on display will be work by international artists and intellectuals who were drawn to the country by its political aspirations and the opportunities afforded to artists. Among them were Marsden Hartley, Josef Albers, Edward Burra, Paul Strand, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, André Breton and Robert Capa. Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910 – 1940 reveals a dynamic and often turbulent cultural environment that included some seminal figures of the twentieth century, reflecting on their interaction with each other, all of whom were inspired by the same subject: Mexico.

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