From 12 March to 7 June 2015
The exhibition Mexico-Colombia Encounters, which opens on 12 March at the National Museum of Colombia, aims to generate dialogue between the artistic production of the two countries through pieces from the Sura Collection and a group of works that belong to the National Museum of Colombia. It also reveals both the points in common and the different gazes that exist between the two cultures. The exhibition showcases, in parallel, a selection of works from the two countries, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and engravings, and comprises genres such as still life, landscape and portraiture.
The exhibition is divided into four areas. The journey begins with a section called Knowing the territory, which invites visitors to reflect on the visual representation of space and demonstrates the contrast between the vast Mexican landscape and the intimate landscape represented in scenes from Colombian art. In the second group, Inhabitants, the interest in the social that is found in Mexican art is highlighted, as is the search to build an archetype of American identity that influenced Colombian art. In the third group, called Ordering nature, the still life is shown from a point of view that sees the composition of objects as constituting both an artistic and an intellectual action. Finally, unreal and poetic works are presented in the section The oneiric.
From among the creators of the works on display, the big names of Latin American art stand out, such as Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, Manuel Rodríguez, Saturnino Herrán, Jorge González Camarena, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Eduardo Morales, Ernesto Icaza, Dr. Atl, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, from México, and Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo, Débora Arango, Luis Ángel Rengifo, Luis Alberto Acuña, Rómulo Rozo, Andrés de Santa María, Fernando Botero, Luis de Llanos, Jesús María Zamora and Ramón Torres Méndez, from Colombia.
The presentation of this exhibition in Bogotá, the curators of which are Alberto Sierra and Consuelo Fernández, is promoted by Sura, a company that throughout its 70-year history has maintained close ties with art and culture, recognizing the great patrimonial, historical and testimonial value that they represent to society. "We hope that this exhibition, which unites Colombia and Mexico, contributes to providing a solid testimony of the cultural richness of our countries and Latin American art in general," affirms Fernando Ojalvo, vice president of Corporate Affairs at the Sura Group and member of Sura’s Cultural Committee.
The exhibition Encounters Mexico-Colombia was previously presented at the Dolores Olmedo Museum and the Tijuana Cultural Center, Mexico, as well as at the Museum of Antioquia in Medellin. Its move to Bogotá is an initiative of Sura and the National Museum of Colombia (Ministry of Culture). It also has the backing of the entities that support the National Museum of Colombia: Itaú BBA and the Association of Friends of the National Museum. Gas Natural Fenosa is the sponsor of the temporary exhibitions hall.
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