From the start of the Mexican Revolution to the aftermath of World War II, artists and intellectuals in Mexico were at the center of a great debate about their country’s destiny. Paint the Revolution charts the development of modern art in Mexico and the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped it over the course of nearly half a century.
The exhibition tells the story of this exhilarating period through a remarkable range of masterpieces by well-known figures such as Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo. Also on display are works by many of their important contemporaries, including Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Carlos Mérida, Roberto Montenegro, and Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo). Three historical murals by los tres grandes (“the three great ones”)—Orozco, Rivera, and Siqueiros—are digitally re-created and projected in the galleries.
Paint the Revolution offers a deep look at the forces that shaped modern art in Mexico, the progress of which was closely watched around the world.