Sunday, May 16, 2010

flying kites in mexico

Theme: Living Better – History and Future
Visiting the Mexico pavilion was like a trip to an art gallery, and that’s already good enough for me :-)

We by-passed* this above-ground open area exhibition and went straight to lower ground.

Shapes of kites can be seen everywhere from ceiling to wall.

Mayan City, 1958 by Gunther Gerzso. In Mayan city, Gunther Gerzso alludes to Pre-Hispanic architecture using limpid, synthetic lines. The solidity of the forms reminds us of weighty limestone in Mayan edifics, while the composition of overlapping planes evokes the layout of Mayan cities. This work is a fine example of the re-signification of artistic heritage. (Note: the above is only a portion of the full painting)

Muddy River, 1949 by José Chávez Morado. The painting shows the relationship of the city and its inhabitants. In a distinctive use of space, the artist depicts the activities that symbolize the changes and conflicts that converge in the Mexico’s capital city during the key period of urban construction and expansion. For this work, the artist was awarded a prize in the “Mexico City Interpreted by its Painters” competition in 1949.

Little Men and Little Women, 2000 by Javier Marín. The public spaces are filled with interactions. The installation “little men and little women” of the Mexican arist Javier Marín retakes the human figure and his expressivity as a basic element. Also, each piece individual strength is remarked and increased by the relations of the complex, filling the space of singular and collectives strengths.

Mini screens were hidden behind these masks. Through the eyes of these characters, we watched short videos of the everyday life of mexicans.

Last but not least, a self-portrait of Frida Kahlo!

Rating: Check it out/Or Must See! (if you’re an art lover)
Shanghai Expo 2010

*The temperature suddenly dropped at night and the wind was exceptionally strong. All we could think of was to escape indoors as soon as we found one.

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