The El Paso Museum of Art has already seen great success and turnout two months into the premier launch of the Magnificent Mexico: 20th Century Modern Masterworks, presented by CommUNITY en Acción. This is one of the most comprehensive collections of Mexican art ever seen in El Paso. These three exhibitions from Mexico City represent the largest gathering of Modern Mexican Masters ever experienced in El Paso, with 91 original works of art in painting and drawing by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo, among 47 others.
Insider Fact: Many exhibits in this collection are making their first U.S. debut here in our downtown, which should attract many visitors from all over the U.S and Mexico.
If you want to be first in your family to see this collection, please call (915) 532-1707 or click here for more information regarding ticket information and hours of operation. Bring your friends, visitors, and loved ones to his once-in-lifetime downtown experience.
Magnificent México Exhibits at a Glance:
Magnitud Mexicana: Visions of Art – Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery
Magnitud Mexicana: Visions of Art highlights creations by almost thirty different Mexican artists of the past century, on special loan from four institutions and one private collection in Mexico. Of varied theme, mood, and technique, these forty-plus works include easel paintings by the great Muralists Orozco and Siqueiros, political prints by the leading satirist José Guadalupe Posada and others, lyrical visions and powerful figures by painters such as María Izquierdo, Rufino Tamayo, and Gilberto Aceves Navarro, as well as more abstract and contemporary pieces by Mario Rangel Faz, Helen Escobedo and other masters. Among the prestigious lenders to this exhibition are the following institutions in Mexico City: Museo Nacional de Arte, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, and Centro Nacional de Conservación y Registro del Patrimonio Artístico Mueble.
Dibujos Divinos: 20th Century Drawings from the Museo Nacional de Arte – MUNAL, Mexico City – Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery
From an annual review of project achievements of the Museo Nacional de Arte – MUNAL in México in 2010, this exhibition aims to circulate the Mexican art form of creative drawing within the medium in context of post-revolutionary art. Another objective met by this exhibition is to establish contact with the American public as part of the MUNAL’s mission to reaffirm the Mexican national identity through the arts. The exhibition spans the twentieth century from c. 1900 to 1945 in charcoal and watercolor. The earliest works are from c. 1900, represented by a stunning watercolor portrait of a woman by Alfredo Ramos Martínez, who is considered by many to be the father of Mexican Modernism and a 1909 charcoal drawing of a Warrior by Saturnino Herrán, the first Mexican artist to envision the concept of a totally Mexican art and who paved the foundation for the development of the Mexican muralist movement twenty years before Los Tres Grandes – Siqueiros, Orozco and Rivera. Other works by Roberto Montenegro and Antonio Fabres predate the rise of Modernism in Mexico, while others featured in the exhibition include the more celebrated and recognized, Modernists, Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo), José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Julio Castellanos. The exhibition made its debut in 2010 in Paris and is being exhibited for the first time in United States at the El Paso Museum of Art.
Diego Rivera and the Cubist Vision from the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City – Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery
Emphasizing Rivera’s distinctive approach to synthetic cubism, this exhibition will present 7 portrait paintings by Diego Rivera from the first quarter of the 20th Century. These extraordinary compositions of vivid colors and tactile surfaces demonstrate the artist’s engagement with themes of identity and place during a time of profound social and political upheaval in both Europe and México. The show explores the evocative links developed between Diego Rivera and objects, people, and places, often including specifically Mexican motifs or references to the experiences and people Rivera had encountered at his time in Paris, Madrid, Mallorca, and Toledo. These paintings represent the artist’s finest Cubist work, and offer meditations on self-identity and nationalism. The exhibition is curated by Christian Gerstheimer of the El Paso Museum of Art.
Image Credit: David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican 1896-1974) Emperador Cuauhtémoc, 1946 Oil on canvas Museo Nacional de Arte, México – MUNAL CONACULTA-INBA © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City