The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 - 2011
October 25, 2013 - March 30, 2014
MOA, The Audain Gallery
1949, the Cuban writer and ethno-musicologist, Alejo Carpentier (1904 – 1980), coined
the term the “marvellous real” to describe a particular kind of magic realism
that is manifest in the arts and everyday life of Latin America. Eluding the
expected through bizarre amalgamations, improbable juxtapositions, and
fantastic correlations, the marvellous real is, as Carpentier said, “neither
beautiful nor ugly; rather, it is amazing because it is strange.”
exhibition features 55 artworks from Mexico that capture the idea of the marvellous
real. Drawn from the FEMSA Collection in
Mexico, the exhibition includes works by
Dr. Atl, Leonora Carrington, Jean Charlot, Juan O’Gorman, Alice Rahon, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano, and Rufino Tamayo, as well as a younger generation of visual artists like Carlos Amorales, Sandra Cabriada, Claudia Fernández, Adela Goldbard, Yishai Jusidman, Alejandro Santiago and Francisco Toledo. Curated by Dr. Nicola Levell (Assistant
Professor, Anthropology, UBC).
Please note that Frida Kahlo's My Dress Hangs Here
is no longer on display.
The exhibition is made possible through
the generous support of the FEMSA Collection, the Agencia Mexicana de
Cooperación International Para el Desarrollo, the Consulado General de México
en Vancouver, the Ollin Mexican Canadian Association for Arts, Culture and
Education, and the Fundación Alejo Carpentier.