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November 15, 2009

Mexican Modern Painting Exhibition at Singapore Art Museum

Mexican Modern Art Exhibition

 

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Medallion, 1948

Camino a la

Modernidad

 

The Path to

Modernity:

 

Mexican Modern

Painting

 

Singapore Art

Museum

 

15 November 2009 -

3 January 2010

 
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Self-Portrait with Medallion, 1948
Oil on masonite, 50 x 40 cm - Private Collection
Courtesy of the Singapore Art Museum

 

The Singapore Art Museum and the Embassy of Mexico presents Camino a la Modernidad, The Path to Modernity: Mexican Modern Painting.   The exhibition examines the myriad artistic languages that constitute the formation of Mexican modernism. Camino a la Modernidad, The Path to Modernity: Mexican Modern Painting  is the largest Mexican art exhibition ever held in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

The exhibition was opened by the Spouse of the President of Mexico, Mdm. Margarita Zavala on Saturday, 14 November, at the Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum. 

Camino a la Modernidad, The Path to Modernity: Mexican Modern Painting  traces major developments in  Mexican art from the 1900s to the 1950s, where Mexican society underwent tremendous changes in social and political spheres that impacted much of its artistic expression. The Mexican Revolution (1910) laid the foundation for a new artistic movement, Mexican Mural Renaissance, which attempted to bridge the class divide in the construction of a national identity and aesthetic, through bringing art to the masses in the form of highly accessible, outdoor public art murals. The exhibition features over 70 works  from important Mexican public and private collections, including works by renowned mural artists Diego Rivera (1886-1957), David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), José Clemente Orozco, Roberto Montenegro, Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), Maria Izquierdo (1902-1955) and Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).

The exhibition is organised  in three sections: Agents of Change, Charting New Territories and The Graphic Arts.

Agents of Change  highlight the aspect of artists being   conscious of their roles as agents of social change, and many of them were aware of the need for art to be socially-conscious. 

The second section Charting New Territories shows how the artists attempt to break new ground in their art.  We can see this in the exaltation of Mexican landscape as a hallmark of national identity, the development of industrial scenes as a new genre of Mexican landscape painting, as well as the exploration of abstract art by artists such as Germán Cueto, Carlos Mérida and Kishio Murata, as a means of crossing the boundaries of aesthetic definition.

The Graphic Arts section presents the artists‟ belief  in  the  idea of art as a communicative tool  to the masses, and many of the illustrations here attempt to highlight the issues of the working classes and farming communities.

Says Director, Singapore Art Museum, Tan Boon Hui,  “Camino a la Modernidad, The Path to Modernity: Mexican Modern Painting  is the largest Mexican Art Exhibition ever to be showcased in Singapore and Southeast Asia.  The exhibition examines the myriad artistic languages that constitute the formation of Mexican modernism.  Through the selection of the artworks in this exhibition, we see how different artists interpreted the notions of „modernity‟ and „progress‟, and quite significantly,  their mixed results.  The Singapore Art Museum is privileged to work with the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico and the Embassy of Mexico in realising this magnificent exhibition.”                                           

Says Mr. Antonio Villegas, Ambassador-Designated of Mexico, Embassy of Mexico, “In 2010, Mexico will be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of its Independence and 100th Anniversary of the Mexican revolution, Camino a la Modernidad: The Path to Modernity: Mexican Modern Painting. This is an exhibition that portraits the long history of Mexico and the vastness of the Mexican culture and art. We, at the Mexican Embassy in Singapore are very proud to share this heritage with the people of Singapore.  This is the first time that such a magnificent collection of Mexican art, 25 of the artworks are National and Cultural Heritage and it is inaugurated during the official visit of the President of Mexico., H.E. Mr. Felipe Calderon to Singapore. Mdm. Margarita Zavala, Mexico‟s First Lady will be the Guest of Honour during the opening on Saturday, November 14th, 2009. The Embassy of Mexico hopes that this Exhibition could serve as an invitation to our friends in Singapore to visit Mexico to learn and experience our uniqe culture.”                                         

Curator Michelle Ho’s Tour: The Art of Mexico

Travel back in time to a tumultuous era in Mexico‟s history  and see the evolution in painting styles and themes from the 1900s to the 1950s. How did the artists respond to the Mexican Revolution in 1910 and what role did the Mexican Mural Renaissance play in the creation of a national identity?

Date  Fri, 27 Nov 09
Time  7:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue  SAM Lobby
Fees Free. Registration Required

 

Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189555

Monday to Sunday: 10am to 7pm, with extended hours and  
FREE Admission on Friday from 6pm to 9pm

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