Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art: Veinte Siglos de Arte Mexicano

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FOREWORD OF THE MEXICAN DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Nothing does more to strengthen the bonds between peoples than the mutual understanding and appreciation of their spiritual values; and there is no clearer exponent of the human spirit than art in its diverse manifestations. Conscious of this, the Museum of Modern Art is carrying on an effective and invaluable labor of culture, friendship, and better international relations.

The Museum of Modern Art of New York, inspired by the noble purpose guiding its work, has offered the Government of Mexico its cooperation for the present exhibition, the object of which is to give a complete and balanced picture of our art, from pre-Spanish times up to the latest schools of painting. The exhibition is divided into four sections: pre-Spanish, Colonial, Folk, and Modern.

The importance of this effort to spread knowledge of the rich artistic tradition of Mexico is unquestionable. Such an effort will doubtless constitute an effective means of bringing about a better understanding of our life, both past and present. When the people of the United States in general, like those who are privileged to enjoy this exhibition, know us better, they will possess a fairer and more enlightened judgment of the cultural and artistic evolution of our country.

For this reason the Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, which made the arrangements between the Government of Mexico and the Museum of Modern Art of New York, gave its most enthusiastic support to the task of realizing this exhibition; for it believes that through this means a real contribution is being made towards strengthening the friendship that unites our two countries which, because they are neighbors, should know and appreciate each other better.


PRELIMINAR DE LA SECRETARIA DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES DE MEXICO

Nada acerca más a los pueblos que la mutua comprensión espiritual, y no hay exponente más claro del espíritu que el arte en sus diversas manifestaciones. Reconociéndolo así, el Museo del Arte Moderno de Nueva York realiza una efectiva e inestimable labor de cultura, de amistad y de estrechamiento de relaciones internacionales.

El Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York, dentro de los plausibles propósitos que inspiran su labor, ha brindado al Gobierno de México su cooperación para Ilevar a cabo esta exposición, en la que se trata de ofrecer un cuadro completo y organizado de nuestro arte, desde las culturas prehispánicas hasta las últimas escuelas de pintura, dividiéndola en cuatro secciones: arte prehispánico, arte colonial, arte popular y arte moderno.

La importancia de esta labor, por lo que hace a difundir la rica tradición artistica de México, es innegable: ello constituirá, sin duda alguna, un medio eficaz para lograr una mejor comprensión de nuestra vida espiritual, pasada y presente, y al comprendernos y conocernos mejor, tanto el pueblo de los Estados Unidos como en general todas las personas que tengan oportunidad de ver esta exposición, podrán formarse un juicio más fundado y certero respecto de la evolución cultural y artística de nuestro país.

Es por eso que la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México, al intervenir en los arreglos respectivos que se hicieron entre el Gobierno Mexicano y el Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York, puso el más entusiasta empeño para que esta exposición se Ilevara a cabo, en la confianza de que por este medio se realiza una positiva labor de estrechamiento de la amistad que une a los dos pueblos, que, precisamente por ser vecinos, deben conocerse y estimarse mejor.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Corrections 2
  • Veinte Siglos De Arte Mexicano 4
  • Title Page 5
  • Contents Indice 7
  • Committees · Acknowledgments Comites · Reconocimientos 8
  • Foreword of the Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs 10
  • Preliminar De La Secretaria De Relaciones Exteriores De Mexico 10
  • Foreword of the Museum of Modern Art 11
  • Preliminar Del Museo De Arte Moderno 12
  • Introduction 14
  • Introduccion 17
  • Pre-Spanish Art 23
  • Arte Prehispanico 26
  • Colonial Art 67
  • Arte Colonial 71
  • Folk Art 109
  • Arte Popular 111
  • Modern Art 137
  • Arte Modprno 141
  • Brief Biographies 183
  • Datos Biograficos 190
  • Bibliography Bibliografia 197
  • Pre-Spanish Cultures of Mexic0 *
  • Colonial Art in Mexic0 *
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