Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mexican Modernity Comes to Yuchengco Museum this September

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Yuchengco Museum presents Mexican Modernity: 20th Century Paintings from the Zapanta Mexican Art Collection, a touring exhibition of Mexican modern and contemporary art, from September 17 to November 24, 2016. 40 paintings, drawings, fine art prints, and mixed media works from Mexico's most prominent artists are featured in the exhibition.

Mexican Modernity highlights artworks from Mexico’s early masters, muralists, women artists, and artists of the La Ruptura and Oaxacan movements. Among the best-known artists on exhibit are Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo. Mexican Modernity illustrates the development of Mexico's painterly styles and social representations, from the more European-influenced compositions to the predominantly indigenous themes that appeared as Mexico sought to distinguish itself from its Spanish colonial past.

The exhibition is curated by Gregorio Luke, an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture, and co-curated by Dr. Florian Knothe, Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong. Mexican Modernity was first shown in Hong Kong, and will be on view at Yuchengco Museum until November 24, 2016.

The collection owned by Dr. Richard and Rebecca Zapanta comes to Asia from Los Angeles, California. Dr. Zapanta is a fourth-generation Mexican-American who traces a part of his ancestry to the Philippines. The idea for the traveling exhibition came from his desire to share his Mexican heritage to Filipinos, knowing of the historical Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade that linked the Philippines and Mexico from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

Mexican Modernity public programs

To accompany the exhibition, Yuchengco Museum is organizing events such as a lecture and guided tour, as well as a food fiesta. On September 17, Saturday, at 2:00 p.m., guest curator Gregorio Luke will speak about the artists and artistic movements in the show. The lecture will be followed by a guided tour. In celebration of Dia del Galeon on October 8, visitors can savor Mexican cuisine from Manila's best Mexican restaurants at a weekend food fiesta at the RCBC Plaza Courtyard. Follow @YuchengcoMuseum on social media with the hashtag #MexicanModernity for updates on the exhibition and related events.

Mexican Modernity: 20th Century Paintings from the Zapanta Mexican Art Collection is presented by Yuchengco Museum in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines. The exhibition is supported by the United States – Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation and is sponsored by Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., and SM Supermalls.

Mexican Modernity will be on view at Yuchengco Museum from September 17 to November 24, 2016. The museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234, visit, or follow @YuchengcoMuseum on social media.

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