• New surge in Mexico’s and the United Kingdom’s relation
The President of Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), Rafael Tovar y de Teresa a headed a viewing of México: A Revolution in Art 1910-1940 an exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Accompanied by the Royal Academy’s President, Christopher Le Brun and the exhibition’s curator, Adrian Locke, Mr. Tovar discussed with members of the press the developments and international influence of the cultural movement spawned from the revolution, particularly the importance it had in raising the world’s awareness about Mexico.
He stated that the exhibition –which showcases pieces by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros- will be an ideal platform to boost Mexico’s image in the United Kingdom and Europe, through its art and the history of the Revolution, a historical event that had profound impact in other revolutionary movements of the 20th Century.
Mr. Tovar also pointed out that various leading international artists were initially attracted by Mexico during this time due to the social turbulence and sense of renovation the Revolution gave rise to, but were later captivated by the profundity of its culture. The list includes names such as Hugo Brehme, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Henry Cartier-Bresson, Anita Brener, André Breton, Paul Underwood, Evelyn Waugh and Robert Capa.
Later during the day, Mr Tovar y de Teresa addressed guests at a reception on the occasion of this exhibition. During the event he argued that Mexico: a Revolution in Art, 1910-1940 represents a new surge in the cultural relation between Mexico and the United Kingdom. “This is a terrific opportunity to further expand the dialogue between both countries.”
He also highlighted the upcoming festival London MexFest, in which London’s residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the most recent samples of Mexican film, architecture, music and gastronomy. He also added that the theme of next year’s Festival Internacional Cervantino de México –Mexico’s flagship cultural festival- will be the commemoration of Shakespeare’s birth, 450 years ago.
The President of Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), Rafael Tovar y de Teresa (right) a headed a viewing of "México: A Revolution in Art 1910-1940" one of this summer´s top exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts. During he event he was accompanied by the President of the Royal Academy. Both stand in front of a piece by Diego Rivera.