Contest! 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 Mexicoâ€™s particular, fantastic form of magic realism and offer worldviews filtered through a range of abstract, surreal, and embellished prisms.
â€œThe phrase â€˜The Marvellous Realâ€™ was coined in 1949 by Cuban writer and musicologist Alejo Carpentier,â€ says Dr. Levell. â€œHe used the term to capture a unique aesthetic strangeness â€“ neither beautiful nor ugly â€“ 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.â€
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 Kahloâ€™s oil and collage work Mi vestido cuelga aqui (1933, My Dress Hangs Here), to daring creations that challenge artistic definitions, such as BetsabeÃ© Romeroâ€™s Serpiente (2004, Serpent) â€“ a group of four engraved tractor tires.
The summation of the exhibition â€“ 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 Oâ€™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 FernÃ¡ndez, Adela Goldbard, Yishai Jusidman, Alejandro Santiago and Francisco Toledo
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