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Frida Kahlo, Mi vestido cuelga aqui (My Dress Hangs Here)

Frida Kahlo, Mi vestido cuelga aqui (My Dress Hangs Here) (1933), oil and collage on masonite [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Oct 25-Mar 30]

The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011

Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver BC – Oct 25, 2013-Mar 30, 2014

Remedios Varo (Gerona, 1908-1963), Papilla estelar (Celestial Pablum)

Remedios Varo (Gerona, 1908-1963), Papilla estelar (Celestial Pablum) (1958), oil on masonite [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Oct 25-Mar 30]

Juan O’Gorman, Los Mitos

Juan O’Gorman, Los Mitos (1944), tempera on panel [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Oct 25-Mar 30]


The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico showcases eight decades of contemporary and modern artwork by artists from Mexico. The extensive collection of 55 pieces, curated by Nicola Levell, features a diverse array of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and video.

The Spanish phrase Lo real maravilloso, translated as “the marvelous real,” describes the nature of the style of these artworks – magical, out of this world and often bizarre. They encapsulate Mexico’s fantastic form of magic realism and offer world views filtered through a range of abstract, surreal and embellished objects. Highlights of the exhibition include Frida Kahlo’s Mi vestido cuelga aqui (My Dress Hangs Here, 1933), Betsabeé Romero’s Serpiente (Serpent, 2004), and works by Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo), Leonora Carrington, Jean Charlot, Juan O’Gorman, Alice Rahon, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano and Rufino Tamayo.

Drawn from the FEMSA Collection in Monterey, Mexico, the show was made possible through the support of the FEMSA Collection, the Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación International Para el Desarrollo, the Consulado General de México in Vancouver, the Ollin Mexican Canadian Association for Arts, Culture and Education, and the Fundación Alejo Carpentier.

Mia Johnson


 Fri, Nov 8, 2013