NGA Photography

NGA Exhibition: Mexican Modernism

Yet another NGA photography exhibition not to be missed.

While you are there see also the small exhibition of Japanese 19th C photos, the Eduardo Masferre photographs, and the wall of William Eggleston colour works.

All worth the visit.

There’s a set of exhibition photos below – but first here’s the exhibition description in the NGA’s own words:

Mexican modernism

The Mexico Revolution had a significant effect on international culture. The series of social upheavals and conflicts we ascribe to the decade-long Revolution, which began in 1910, had far-reaching social and political impact. The period that followed was for many in Mexico one of tremendous possibility and change, resulting in wide-spread reform and leaps forward in industrialisation. Coinciding with the centenary of Mexico’s independence from Spain, the post-revolutionary or Reconstruction period created opportunities for artists, writers and political figures to galvanise previously fragmented states and communities to forge a coherent, ‘authentic’ national identity that was modern and at the same time unique to Mexico.

Interest in contemporary Mexican art and culture grew tremendously in the 1920s-30s, with leading cultural figures from Europe and North America making pilgrimages to Mexico to both participate in and to document the cultural ‘flowering’ that followed the Revolution.

The post-revolutionary period had a particularly significant impact on photography. The medium was used in the service of both forging and witnessing a new Mexican identity and spirit. For a number of photographers, the experience of post-revolutionary Mexico encouraged new ways of seeing the world, catalysing the development of a very particular and immensely influential modernist style.

Included in the exhibition are: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Grant Mudford, Tina Modotti, Anton Bruehl, Edward Weston, Paul Strand.








The guy above missed the exhibition as he wandered through on his iPad – proof again that people cannot multi-task in art galleries.






The exhibition is upstairs in the International Art Galleries. – free entry to all this floor.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.