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Wednesday … Mexico, Frida, Neruda and much more

September 25, 2013

Mexico, the last of the magic countries … Pablo Neruda

On Saturday,my partner and I went to Royal Academy to to see Mexico ; a revolution in art 1910-1940.  We had pre-booked the tickets and arrived a little so we could have a coffee.  We found a nice convenient cafe rather discretely placed by the information desk.  It was ‘oh so nice’ with delicious gluten free chocolate cake and fine coffee.  We spent a pleasant few minutes people watching; remarking at the elegance and style or not of other visitors to the RA.    Quite oblivious to the fact that we had found ourselves in the Member’s Lounge; although we were suitably dressed we did feel like a pair of ragamuffins.  We giggled later,  when we compared the surroundings to that the plebeians were confined to down the corridor. Fortunately no one else noticed that we had infiltrated to forbidden area; as we didn’t until we left by the other door that was clearly marked ‘Members only.’ It all added to the fun.

I enjoyed the exhibition and learn a lot.  Although I had read a little about the revolution, also seen the film, Frida Kahlo and read the book Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver,  about the relationship between Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Trotsky; my impression was rather glamorized and in technicolor.  The exhibition and the commemorative book ‘examined the dynamic period during which Mexico underwent profound political, social and economic transformation.  As a means of communicating the change, art was the centre of the process. As a result, a new nationalistic art emerged, celebrating the rich history, ethnic diversity and geography of Mexico, attracting visitors from all over the world’. People such as D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, Robert Capa, Picasso, Edward Weston, Laura Gilpin and many others whose works were in the exhibition.

I particularly enjoyed a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo; by now emerged out of the shadow of her husband Rivera and an artist in her own right.  It was a her smallest painting and created as a love token for Trotsky with whom she shared a loving relationship for while.

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  1. adilson permalink
    September 25, 2013 11:04 am


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