View: Revolution on Paper, Mexican Prints 1910 - 1960
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This private tour is led by curator Antony Griffiths, Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings. Between 1910 and 1920 Mexico was convulsed by the first socialist revolution, from which emerged a strong left-wing government that laid great stress on art as a vehicle for promoting revolutionary values. This led to a pioneering programme to cover the walls of public buildings with vast murals, and later to setting up print workshops to produce material for mass distribution and education. The exhibition features work by the three great Mexican muralists of the period: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Also included are works from the turn of the century by the popular engraver José Guadalupe Posada, who was adopted by the revolutionaries as the archetypal printmaker who worked for the people; his macabre dances of skeletons have long fascinated Europeans.
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