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The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico 1926-2011

Coined in 1949 by novelist Alejo Carpentier, the term “Marvellous Real” expresses the bizarre amalgamations, improbable juxtapositions, and fantastic correlations manifest in the arts and everyday life of Latin America. Published to coincide with the 2013 MOA exhibition The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926 – 2011, this richly illustrated volume explores the blend of beauty and brutality, monotony and magic, captured in the works of over fifty Mexican artists spanning seventy-five years.