Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States, 1932.Colección Maria y Manuel Reyero, New York. © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950
October 25, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Witness an extraordinary moment in the history of modern art, one fueled by cultural and political revolution.
From the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 to the aftermath of World War II, artists and intellectuals in Mexico were at the center of a great debate about their country’s destiny. The exhibition tells the story of this exhilarating period through a remarkable range of images, from masterpieces by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo to transfixing works by their contemporaries Dr. Atl, María Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and many others.
Paint the Revolution offers a deep look at the forces that shaped modern art in Mexico, the progress of which was closely watched around the world. The exhibition takes its name from an impassioned essay by American novelist John Dos Passos, who saw Mexico’s revolutionary murals during a visit to Mexico City in 1926–27.
In addition to featuring portable murals, easel paintings, photographs, prints, books, and broadsheets, the exhibition will display murals by the Tres grandes (Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros) in digital form.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents this landmark exhibition in partnership with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Drawn from US and Mexican collections, it is the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican modernism to be shown in the United States in more than seven decades.
Portrait of Martín Luis Guzmán, 1915. José Diego María Rivera, Mexican, 1886-1957. Oil on canvas, Fundación Televisa Collection.
My Dress Hangs There (Mi vestido cuelga ahi), 1933-1938. Frida
Kahlo, Mexican, 1907-1954. Oil and collage on masonite,