Mexican magical realism comes to MOA in Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011

Frida Kahlo's Mi vestido cuelga aquí or My Dress Hangs Here, 1933 Photo credit: Roberto Ortiz

Frida Kahlo’s Mi vestido cuelga aquí or My Dress Hangs Here, 1933 Photo credit: Roberto Ortiz

One of my most memorable travel experiences happened on a sweaty afternoon in Mexico City when a friend and I spent the day hurriedly soaking up Mexican culture in Parque Chapultepec.

After wandering through the lush, busy city park we spent most of the day in the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia and then raced over to Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno for a whirlwind tour of an Alice Rahon exhibition. At the museum we encountered another of Mexico’s famous female exports (hint: not Salma Hayek): magical realist painter Frida Kahlo.

One of my rather large ‘bucket list’ item was checked off that day: to  see original Kahlo and Rahon paintings, in Mexico. Now I can relive my day of cultural tourism at the Museum of Anthropology‘s current exhibition Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011.

Marvellous Real gives a healthy nod to Mexico’s particularly mind-bending contributions to magical realism, featuring 54 artworks from Mexico. Curated by Dr. Nicola Levell, an anthropologist who specialize in the study of museology and curatorial practice, the exhibition contents were cherry-picked from the prestigious FEMSA Collection in Monterrey, Mexico. Continue reading:
Mexican magical realism comes to MOA in Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011