Thursday, 12 November 2009

Revolutionary prints at the British Museum


Emiliano Zapata and his horse, Diego Rivera, 1932, lithograph © 2009
Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico

I seem to be spending rather a lot of time at the British museum at the moment. Today I went to look at one of the latest exhibitions to open, Revolution on Paper: Mexican prints from 1910-1960. This display is a first in Europe, showcasing 130 works by major Mexican artists such as José Guadalupe Posada (the father of Mexican printmaking) and the "big three" (Diego Rivera and Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros). Print / lithography is a very powerful medium and the works featured give you a real feeling for the socialist revolution that took place in the early 20th century. It's a great introduction to the history and art of one of the most turbulent periods that Mexico has ever seen. 
The exhibition is in Room 90, runs from 22 October 2009 – 5 April 2010 and best of all, it's free.

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