Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde
Dallas Museum of Art
12 March – 16 July, 2017
Major exhibition exploring 50 years of Mexican modern art. Following its showing at the Grand Palais, Paris, this is the exhibition’s only US venue. The result of a combined cultural endeavour between Mexico and France, the exhibition features circa 200 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and films documenting Mexico’s artistic Renaissance during the first half of the 20th century. Works by the titans of Mexican Modernism are shown alongside those by lesser-known pioneers, including a number of rarely seen works by female artists. Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Ángel Zárraga, Tina Modotti, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, among others, are on display.
Exhibition across two venues celebrating the centennial of Picasso’s trip to Italy in 1917. The artist arrived in Rome on February 18, 1917, in the company of Jean Cocteau, with whom he was working on the designs for Parade, a ballet for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (with music by Eric Satie).Spending a little over two months in Italy, Picasso visited Naples twice, in March and April 2017. The displays include examples of Picasso’s stage and costume designs not only for Parade but also for Petrushka.
As evidenced by the exhibition’s documents, letters, objects and photographs, Picasso’s personal collection of the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia accompanied him in his moves from one studio to the next. The aim is not to show any eventual influences of primitive art on Picasso, but rather to show the attraction that the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia held for him.
The second, more conceptual part of the exhibition offers a comparative view of the artist’s works with those of non-Western artists. The resulting juxtapositions reveal the similar issues these artists addressed (for example: nudity, sexuality, impulses and loss) through parallel 3-dimensional solutions such as deforming or deconstructing bodies, for example).
Considered a ‘national treasure’ in her adopted country of Mexico, Leonora, whose background was strongly Irish, was originally from Clayton Le Woods, Chorley, Lancashire. Symposium speakers, artists, film makers, writers, curators and academics at the symposium will celebrate her in her home setting.
Guest Speaker, Joanna Moorhead, cousin of Leonora, will discuss her new book, ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’ (Little, Brown, 2017).