The Moderns, part 1…MUNAL…Los modernos, parte 1

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Historic dialogue between European and Mexican artists at MUNAL. The exhibition, The Moderns.
November 12, 2015
Diego Rivera once said he did not believe in God but believed in Pablo Picasso, while the genius of Cubism remembered Ángel Zárraga as one of his most beloved Mexican friends. That link between European and Mexican art resumes in the exhibition, The Moderns, which will be presented from November 12 at the Museo Nacional de Arte (Munal).
Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, head of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), said that the works of this exhibition, through nine thematic cores, will let appreciate the great dialogue between artists as Pablo Picasso, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Ángel Zárraga, Henri Matisse and Francis Bacon, among others.
He pointed out that this exhibition is part of the great exhibitions that Conaculta has brought to Mexico that today cover a wide circuit in the most important museums of the country.
He said that the thematic cores entitled Landscape, Naked, Portrait, Surrealism, Light and Color, Line, Space and Abstraction, will let appreciate how in the early twentieth century Mexican art was totally avant-garde, so it will provide an opportunity to deepen what the great creators of Europe and Mexico were, in a special time.
Meanwhile, Maria Cristina Garcia Cepeda, general director of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), said that this exhibition is a continuation of a cultural project in Mexico that aims to show the best of international art and she celebrated that the exhibition will be presented then in Guadalajara and the city of Lyon, France.
Sylvie Ramond, director of the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and curator of the exhibition, celebrated this exhibit deepen cultural ties between the two nations, through a collection in which the iconic artists from Europe and Mexico reflected a key time for the universal artistic creation, so a new debate makes its way to revolutionize art.
She added that she aimed to show both miscegenation as the influences of European artists and at the same time, the way in which Mexican artists built their own style, getting away from the influence of the old continent.
Agustin Arteaga, director of MUNAL and curator of the exhibition, said that the international cooperation was crucial to share these pieces that offer a clear perspective of how Mexican art has always been linked to a synchronic history in which Picasso, Rivera, Zárraga, Bacon and Matisse were colleagues and leading actors of the same avant-garde.
It should be noted that The Moderns consists of 130 oil paintings, three drawings, six engravings and three decorative pieces made by 31 Mexican artists, 48 Europeans and three Latin Americans, of which 72 are international and 70 national works.
The Moderns will be presented from November 12 to April 3, 2016 at MUNAL, it will also have a bilingual catalog and an online site in:, where displaying images of the works of Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, José Clemente Orozco, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque and Henri Hayden, will be available, among others.
México,Distrito Federal

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This exhibition offers to the public an overview of the development of modern art in the twentieth century, from a selection of over 140 works from both the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, France, and the National Art Museum, and the involvement of other important collections.
From nine thematic nuclei, aesthetic contributions driven artistic avant-garde movements that simultaneously and at different latitudes, agreed on the same concerns about the rejection of the figurative tradition of naturalistic representation and exaltation of matter will be highlighted as an essential condition of a new pictorial language.
Works of great masters of painting of this period enter into dialogue from the confrontation of individual and collective concerns, allowing to bring together artists as Pierre Bonnard, Albert Gleizes, George Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger, Pierre Soulages, Francis Bacon, with Saturnino Herran, Angel Zarraga, Gerardo Murillo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco, Germán Cueto, Remedios Varo, Roberto Montenegro, among many others.
The National Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Embassy of France in Mexico to make this exhibition possible.

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Esta exposición ofrecerá al público un panorama general sobre el desarrollo del arte moderno durante el siglo XX, a partir de una selección de más de 140 obras provenientes tanto del acervo del Museo de Bellas Artes de Lyon, Francia, como del Museo Nacional de Arte, y la participación de otras importantes colecciones.
A partir de nueve núcleos temáticos, se resaltarán las aportaciones estéticas impulsadas por los movimientos artísticos de vanguardia, que de manera simultánea y en diversas latitudes, coincidieron en las mismas preocupaciones sobre el rechazo a la tradición figurativa de representación naturalista y la exaltación de la materia como condición esencial de un nuevo lenguaje pictórico.
Obras de grandes maestros de la pintura de este periodo entrarán en diálogo a partir de la confrontación de inquietudes individuales y colectivas, permitiendo reunir a artistas como Pierre Bonnard, Albert Gleizes, George Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Lèger, Pierre Soulages, Francis Bacon, junto a Saturnino Herrán, Ángel Zárraga, Gerardo Murillo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Germán Cueto, Remedios Varo, Roberto Montenegro, entre muchos otros.
El Museo Nacional de Arte agradece y reconoce la generosa contribución de la Embajada de Francia en México para hacer posible esta exposición.

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