NGA Exhibition: Mexican Modernism
Yet another NGA exhibition not to be missed.
Sadly yet again this is not advertised through their website – but do not that stop you – and 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:
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.