25.94.12 2011

Mexico

Poetry and Politics

Poetry and Politics – Watercolours and Animations from Mexico is an exhibition in collaboration with Professor Mark Johnson of San Francisco State University and Julio Morales as visiting guest curator. The museum presents the work of leading contemporary Mexican artists, often choosing to work in conceptual manner and whose underlying themes make frequent references to Mexico’s turbulent political climate. The artists displayed include Francis Alÿs, Erick Beltrán, Máximo Gonzales, Dr. Lakra, Ilán Leberman, Teresa Margolles, Gabriel Orozco and Jaime Ruiz Otis. The exhibition is concerned to reveal how contemporary art handles urgent topics in the complex everyday life of Mexico, a life marked by recurring confrontations, violence and abuse. But it also deals with the beautiful and poetic elements of harsh daily existence. Another theme will show how contemporary art establishes links to those well known earlier generations of artists firmly rooted in Mexican culture. We shall be focusing on links with Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Guadalupe Posada, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros.