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The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place

April 4 – July 25, 2004
East Building, Upper Level, North Bridge

Diego Rivera, No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole, 1915, oil on canvas, Gift of Katharine Graham, 2002.19.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 20 cubist paintings and works on paper by Mexican artist Diego Rivera were presented in this exhibition that highlighted Rivera’s early cubist works produced between 1913 and 1915. The exhibition celebrated the acquisition of Rivera’s No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole bequeathed to the National Gallery by Katharine Graham. The exhibition coincided with Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya and was part of ¡Viva Mexico! Washington, DC Celebrates, a citywide celebration of Mexican art and culture.

Concerts in honor of the exhibition and Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya were presented on April 4 by Cuarteto de Cuerdas de Bellas Artes, the resident quartet of the Instituto de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and on June 13 by the National Gallery Orchestra.

30 classic and contemporary Mexican films were presented in Milestones in Mexican Cinema: 1898-2004 from April 18 through July 10, 2004. The series was organized in association with the Instituto de México, the Mexican Film Institute, Secretariat for External Affairs, and the National Council for Art and Culture.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City. Leah Dickerman, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery, was the curator, in consultation with Luis-Martín Lozano, director, Museo de Arte Moderno.

Sponsor: The exhibition was sponsored by Target Stores.

Attendance: 165,702

Brochure: The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place, by Jessica Stewart with Leah Dickerman. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2004.

Other Venues: Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, September 22, 2004–January 16, 2005

Rivera, Diego
Mexican, 1886 - 1957