The exhibition traces the development of the different modernist aesthetic proposals that took place during the first half of the 20th century in Mexico. The show’s narrative is composed of a set of 120 emblematic pieces by the greatest masters of the period: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Leonora Carrington, among others.
The selection of artworks is intended to account for the search for genuine Mexicanness and for the way in which avant-garde and revolutionary interests changed the direction of the arts field. The works exhibited are proof that the local avant-garde was not a mere imitation of what happened in Europe, but a re-elaboration that precisely incorporated elements of local culture.
The project seeks to review and reflect on some ideas that ordered the history of art to revalue the production and the action of female artists who were marginalized from the canonical history and, thus, reposition them as authentic protagonists in the cultural scene.