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08 Aug 2013

Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910–1940 at the Royal Academy 0  

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As part of our summer package, explore the wonders of Mexico at the Royal Academy with tickets included with your room.

Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910 – 1940, examines the intense thirty year period of artistic creativity that took place in Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century. The turmoil of the revolution between 1910 and 1920 led to a

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period of profound political change in which the arts were placed centre stage.

Comprising over 120 paintings and photographs, the exhibition brings together works from both public and private collections across the Americas and Europe.


Diego Rivera, Dance in Tehuantepec (Baile in Tehuantepec), 1928. Oil on canvas, 200.7 x 163.8 cm. Collection of Clarissa and Edgar Brontman Jr. Photo Collection

of Clarissa and Edgar Brontman Jr., courtesy of Sotheby’s, New York / © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / DACS.


In 1910 the outbreak of revolution brought to an end the long reign of Porfirio Díaz who had held the presidency since 1876. Once the turmoil had settled, the subsequent political change ushered in a period often referred to as a cultural renaissance.

Under state-sponsored schemes, artists were employed by the Ministry of Education to further the political aims of the revolution; art was embraced as symbolic of the inherent creativity and industry of the nation and was, therefore, seen as representative of the principles of the revolution. Figures such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros (los tres grandes) were at the vanguard of this movement.


Robert Capa, Women in truck with banners supporting presidential candidacy of General Manuel Avila Camacho, Mexico City, June–July 1940. Gelatin silver print, 40.6 x 50.8 cm. International Center of Photography, The Robert Capa and Cornell Capa Archive, Gift of Cornell and Edith Capa, 1992 (2852.1992). Robert Capa © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos


Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940 will highlight an extraordinarily productive and diverse period in the history of Mexico; a time when Mexico attracted large numbers of significant international artists and intellectuals who engaged with the political changes taking place, and responded to the rich and varied country they found on arrival there.

For many, Mexico was an unspoilt land rich with history, stunning scenery and a diverse population; it heralded a sense of discovery and a promise of adventure.

Work by significant Mexican artists will be placed alongside that of individuals who were affected by their experiences in Mexico. These

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include Josef Albers, Edward Burra, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Guston, Marsden Hartley, Tina Modotti, Henrietta Shore, Paul Strand, Leon Underwood and Edward Weston.

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