On Oct. 25, The Philadelphia Museum of Art debuts “Paint the Revolution,” an exhibition dedicated to the history of modern art in Mexico from 1910 to 1950. A collaboration between PMA and the Museo del Palacio de Bellos Artes in Mexico City, “Paint the Revolution” has been in the works for over three years and such an in-depth study of this period has not been presented in the United States or Mexico in decades. While much time has passed since the days of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the exhibition holds special significance in our current political climate, fostering a renewed cultural understanding that could inspire the building of bridges instead of “walls.”
The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 and eventually led to removing Porfirio Diaz from power. Curator Mark Castro explains: “His goal had been to modernize the country, keep Mexico stable and productive and very much modeled on European ideals of culture.”
He continues: “By 1920, the revolution has ended and what begins is sort of a post-revolutionary period where they try to take a lot of the ideas that spurred the revolution and enact them into political and cultural and social reform."