North Carolina Museum displays the diversity of Mexican artists

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Frida with Red “Rebozo” Nickolas Muray

For the last two weeks of January, The North Carolina Museum of Art displayed a variety of famous Mexican modernist artists. Titled “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection,” the museum displayed a broad range of Mexican art pieces.  From Frida Kahlo’s symbolic self-portraits to Gunther Gerzso’s painting “Id” made entirely of oil paints and sand. 

Mexican modernism emerged after the 1910-20 Mexican Revolution. These artists were interested in creating new works of art that clearly showed the diversity of Mexican artistry. 

The Mexican government was rebuilding and redefining itself, and so was Mexican art. Many pieces of art in this time frame show heavy influence of Mexican traditions, history, and culture. 

Photography, portraits, landscapes, and abstract artworks in the Mexican modernism period are greatly varied, but all these pieces show the rich history of indigenous cultures that have often been overlooked. 

The North Carolina Museum of Art worked to support and encourage the enjoyment of Kahlo’s and Rivera’s pieces for everyone. For this reason, all gallery information was shown in both English and Spanish.