Contest! Museum of Anthropology – The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico – October 25, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Museum of Anthropology - The Marvellous Real Art from Mexico - October 25, 2013 - March 30, 2014

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC invites visitors on a twisting, mind-expanding journey with The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011, on display from October 25, 2013 to March 30, 2014. Drawn from the prestigious FEMSA Collection and curated by Nicola Levell, the exhibition features 54 artworks that encapsulate Mexico’s particular, fantastic form of magic realism and offer worldviews filtered through a range of abstract, surreal, and embellished prisms.

“The phrase ‘The Marvellous Real’ was coined in 1949 by Cuban writer and musicologist Alejo Carpentier,” says Dr. Levell. “He used the term to capture a unique aesthetic strangeness – neither beautiful nor ugly – that is ever-present in the arts and everyday life of Latin America. In this exhibition we explore how this aesthetic has manifested through generations of artistsliving in Mexico, opening a window for viewers to experience the amazing and the improbable, the bizarre and the marvellous.”

To create an immersive experience, MOA has assembled an extensive collection of artworks in a diverse array of media including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, video, and more. The far-ranging aesthetic is explored through everything from familiar formats that defy expectation and perception, such as luminary artist Frida Kahlo’s oil and collage work Mi vestido cuelga aqui (1933, My Dress Hangs Here), to daring creations that challenge artistic definitions, such as Betsabeé Romero’s Serpiente (2004, Serpent) – a group of four engraved tractor tires.

The summation of the exhibition – which will be offered in both English and Spanish – is a dazzling, kaleidoscopic view of not only an artistic expression, but of a vibrant place and people.

Additional artists displayed include Dr. Atl, Leonora Carrington, Jean Charlot, Juan O’Gorman, Alice Rahon, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano, and Rufino Tamayo, as well as a younger generation of visual artists like Carlos Amorales, Sandra Cabriada, Claudia Fernández, Adela Goldbard, Yishai Jusidman, Alejandro Santiago and Francisco Toledo


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