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‘Mexico: A Revolution in Art’: An interview with Dr Adrian Locke

Only 1 more week left to see ‘Mexico- Revolution in art’ (until 29th September at the Royal Academy of Arts)

 The exhibition is truly the first of its kind, comprising of 120 pieces of paintings and photographs from public and private collections. It portrays the 30 years 1910-1940, during which Mexico underwent a huge political change, when the artistic community flourished under a state sponsored programme, designed to promote the ideals of the new regime.

 “It reveals a dynamic and often turbulent cultural environment that included some of the most seminal figures of the twentieth century reflecting on their interaction with each other and their differing responses to the same subject: Mexico.”

 ’Mexico-Revolution in Art’ displays fascinating and at times shocking and gruesome as well as inspiring artworks from Manuel Ramos, Edward Weston, Laura Gilpin, Edward Burra, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and many more artists and photographers who travelled to Mexico and embraced her pre-colombian history and indigenous culture and popular art, at a time when all art was seen as equal.

 

We have asked Dr Adrian Locke, curator of this exhibition, about his thoughts on a few specific items on display.

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