National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place, April 4 - July 25, 2004

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image: Diego Rivera, No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole, 1915Emphasizing Rivera's distinctive approach to synthetic cubism, this exhibition will present approximately 20 works from 1913 to 1915, when the artist was in France and Spain. These extraordinary compositions of vivid colors and tactile surfaces demonstrate the artist's engagement with themes of identity and place during a time of profound social and political upheaval in both Europe and Mexico. The show explores the evocative links developed between objects, people, and places, often including specifically Mexican motifs or references to the cities Rivera inhabited at the time (Paris, Madrid, Mallorca, and Toledo). Together, these paintings not only represent the artist's finest cubist work, but they also offer meditations on self-identity and nationalism. The exhibition celebrates an important 1915 painting, No. 9, Nature morte espagnole, recently bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art by Katharine Graham. Following its presentation at the Gallery, the show will travel to the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

Sponsor: This exhibition is proudly sponsored by Target Stores as part of its commitment to arts and education

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