Culture, revolution, identity - the Latin American story

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Culture, revolution, identity - the Latin American story


Feliciano Carvallo’s “Tempered Summer” (1965).Provided by the organizer

Art provides insight into culture and history, people say, revealing some of the most pressing needs and issues of an era.
Nowhere is this truer than in “Masters of the 20th Century: Latin American Art,” an exhibition promising some of the best contemporary artwork from Latin America dating from the early 20th century to the 1970s.
The exhibition provides insight into the pain and suffering of the Latin American people as well as their identity, according to organizers.
The works also afford a glimpse into the region’s current affairs.
A Latin American art exhibition of this size is rare in Seoul. With 120 works by 84 artists from 16 countries, the exhibition also features the big three of the Mexican Renaissance movement, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, as well as a number of others.

Rivera and his contemporaries capture the tumultuous period of the Mexican Revolution and other major historical events.

The exhibition is divided into four sections.

The first, “The Dream to Change the World,” contains mural artworks from Mexican artists and displays their desire for social change after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920).

The second section, “Who Are We?” deals with questions of regional identity and multiculturalism.

Next, “In Search of Myself: An Individual’s World and Surrealism,” contains surrealist art dealing with the search for self-identity.

Finally, “The Opposition to Figural Representation: From Constructivism to Op Art,” reflects the movement towards industrial modernization in the region.

By Jason Kim Staff Reporter[]

*“Masters of the 20th Century: Latin American Art” runs through Nov. 9 at the National Museum of Art, Deoksu Palace, near City Hall in central Seoul.
Admission ranges from 6,000 won ($5.54) for children to 10,000 won for adults.
Audio guide rentals are available for 2,000 won.
For more information, call (02) 2022-0600 or visit

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