Expression: Culture - Celebrating Mexican Art

Mexico art Expression: Culture – Celebrating Mexican Art

Mexico Art

This last part is declined in a photo exhibition of the artist photographer CAP Gomez Garrido Ricardo which gives to see a series of very beautiful photos hung on the picture rails of the hall of the room Ibn-Zeydoun and this, until October 4th. Placed under the theme A view from the heights, this exhibition brings together several of the most stunning and hovering photos, highlighting the beauty and charm of the natural landscapes of Mexico. Aerial shots, these color photos make you dizzy both by their depth and by the aesthetic quality displayed.
La Condesa, one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Mexico City, but also the city of Santa Fe, capital of the State of New Mexico, the bullring of Mexcio and the Plaza de Toros, the Bellas Artes Theater, the angel of independence, The Popocatepetl, one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico are the few subjects treated with mastery and aestheticism. In addition to this exhibition, the lobby of the Sofitel hotel is decorated with reproductions of the work of the famous Frida Kahlo alias Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón.
Born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico, and died on July 13, 1954, Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who played an important role in the Mexican artistic movement of her time. Although she was the companion of one of the greatest painters of her time, she developed her own form of artistic expression. She was an artist in every sense of the word. Not only did she paint extraordinary portraits, still lifes and self-portraits, her creativity spans all areas of her life. She was able to translate her inner world through painting. She built an art made of personal symbols, which allowed her to express her feelings, her emotions and her physical discomfort.
At the same time, she has created a cult figure that provokes as much admiration as compassion for all those who approach her art. Frida began to paint with her father’s oil paint brushes. As a child, she contracted poliomyelitis, a disease that weakened her right leg. When she was 18, a truck she was traveling in collided with a streetcar. The accident was so violent that she had to stay in bed for several months. Her mother adapted an easel and a mirror above her bed. Frida wanted to be a doctor, but she found therapy in painting. She saved his life. Frida was one of the great promoters of Mexican art and traditions. Following the Mexican Revolution, there was great interest in creating a national identity from indigenous and mestizo heritage. The residents were great collectors of pre-Columbian and popular art, they loved the theater, the dance and the music of their people. Frida was one of the first women to proudly wear the costumes of the country. The painter is inspired by subjects and materials from Mexican popular culture and art, putting her personal stamp on them. Thirty-two works by Frida are exhibited at the Sofitel, all linked to her tormented life.
Among these self-portraits there is one, most intriguing with the half-naked torso, to represent the numerous surgical operations she underwent at the level of the spine. She wears a steel corset as prescribed by the doctors when her condition worsened. This painting recalls the image of the Holy Martyr. The nails that pierce the body of the artist make us feel the intense pain she suffered. Each painting thus illustrates a period of his life, each painting reproduction. Frida adored children, but due to the fragility of her health she was never able to have any. Another most surprising painting is the one where she restores one of her abortions. Several red ribbons connect Frida to symbols, a basin, a snail, a flower. Three elements draw our attention, the snail which illustrates the slowness of the abortion, the orchid which is similar to the one that a man gave her, and finally her pelvis damaged by the accident, as the main cause of her misery. Frida has always been surrounded by photographers. His father, in addition to being an amateur painter, was also a professional photographer. One of his grandfathers was a seller of photographic equipment in Europe.
Frida was surrounded by photographs that she hung on the headboard of her hospital bed, where she spent long periods. Sometimes these images served as a model for painting his paintings. Frida was a very cheerful and fun person, she loved to sing, dance and tell jokes, she was in love with detail and beauty, whether to make herself beautiful or to cook, to decorate her house: she loved life! All this information on the life and work of Frida accompanies these photographic reproductions at the Sofitel hotel. They thus inform us about this woman who, despite her suffering, knew how to transform her pain into a strength. Such a special art made by an exceptional woman. To (re)discover absolutely!

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