Updated: 2006-06-29 10:53
A grand exhibition featuring Mexican contemporary paintings,
ceramics and architecture kicked off on June 27 at the National Art Museum of
Paintings cover styles ranging from realism to expressionism,
from abstractionism to experimentalism. The 20th century Mexican painting is
said to be best represented by Mural Movement. Throughout the 1920s, muralists
devoted themselves to producing a large number of significant works in public
places, which brought Mexican art to the forefront of the world art arena, and
influenced artists worldwide. They drew inspirations from the European Cubism,
Surrealism and ancient Indian painting styles, and elaborated on realistic
themes of ordinary people's lives, national historic scenes and patriotism.
Breaking away from canvas and frame, they wielded brushes on public places with
Latin gusto, in hope to bring art closer to more people.
movement were three masters, with Diego Rivera developing his ideas with
primitive simplicity, mysterious and solid colours, Jose Clemente Orozco
depicting the harsh truth in sceptical yet sympathetic ways, and David Alfaro
Siqueiros incorporating new materials and techniques in his expressionist works.
The Mexican modern architecture exhibition has photographs of the
symbolic architecture constructed during the 20th century.
ceramics show, 22 contemporary artists blend their traditional folk art with
modern practice and creativity, showing their rich experience and imagination.
Like traditional Chinese ceramics, they adore blue and white as main colours.
Among the exhibits, one is detailed with regular patterns and dense colours like
batik cloth; one is themed on doves and clouds with spiralling images; and one
is shaped as a deformed bottle decorated with petals and leaves.
exhibition is organized by the Mexican Embassy and the museum. The painting show
will last until August 21. Ceramics and architecture will end on July
Location: National Art Museum of China, 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng
Opening hours: 9 am-5 pm