The Kunsthaus Zürich to Present Mexican Art from 1900 to the Present

artwork: Carlos Amorales - "From The Bad Sleep Well #11", 2004 - Oil on canvas - 150 x 200 x 2 cm. - Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich. © Carlos Amorales.  - On view in "Posada to Alÿs: Mexican Art From 1900 to the Present" from March 16th until May 20th.


Zurich.- The Kunsthaus Zurich is pleased to present “Posada to Alÿs: Mexican Art From 1900 to the Present”, on view from March 16th through May 20th. The exhibition will be showcasing the politically charged work of Mexican artists. The exhibition begins with graphic plates by José Guadalupe Posada, one of the most important artists and caricaturists in 19th-century Mexico. His motto – ‘art against violence’ – has lost none of its topicality and continues to guide the work of his present-day successors. Francis Alÿs, Carlos Amorales and Teresa Margolles draw their ideas from social deprivation, the gulf between rich and poor, and the violence that is all too prevalent in many parts of Mexico. Their paintings, slide projections and video works are every bit as impressive as Posada’s disturbing images. Artistic creation in Mexico occupies a unique position in the international art scene of the last 100 years, with artists consistently linking together current events and the issue of cultural identity. Art for art’s sake, abstraction and conceptualism are at most peripheral to their production.