The full title of this exhibition is:
Mexique (1900-1950). Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco et les Avant-Gardes
Viewing this exhibition with my two very young grandchildren proved a bit of a challenge… However while sitting outside The exhibition hall I realised the blinds on the window had images of the artists. I loved these.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are probably the best known Mexican artists. Part of their fame came from reports of their stormy relationship, part from Kahlo’s work based on her very disabled body, partly from their political activities, her relationship with Trotsky and partly from their evident talent. I have always been fascinated by their story. To see the two Frida’s for real was a great thrill for me. It is even more impressive than I had anticipated.
Although Rivera was familiar with the French Avant Garde he chose to continue working on images of his homeland. Together with Orozco and Siqueiros Rivera created images of the proletariat in Mexico. He believed these people were destined to greatness once the socialist revolution took place.
Here are some of the other artists in the exhibition about whom I knew very little. One such artist who was in fact, I learned, a graphic artist, was called Francesco Diaz de Leon.
Siqueros, another unknown to me, was very active politically and he favoured murals for his art. He felt easel work was private. He was influenced by the Avant Garde movement. This image was mounted on a type of metal and almost bounced off the wall.
I could not spend any time in the section of the female artists of Mexico. I was also unable to stop long enough to take pictures of the many paintings which seemed to jump off the walls with their vitality. But I felt so privileged to have had the opportunity to accompany by beloved grandchildren to this exhibition. Maybe they will remember…