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Retelling the History of the Mexico Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

Carolina Nieto Ruiz    University of Washington, USA    

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This chapter presents a revised history of the Mexico Pavilions in La Biennale di Venezia. Official discourse on Mexican Pavilions published in the twenty-first century contain significant inconsistencies and omissions about Mexico’s twentieth century participations. These inaccuracies have been repeatedly published in the press, effectively rewriting history. I argue that a more complete historical narrative is necessary for a richer understanding of Mexico’s contribution to the international art scene. First, I examine historical inconsistencies in exhibition publications from 2007-17. Next, I construct a narrative history of the Mexico Pavilions in three stages, in accordance with their aesthetics and contexts of production: post-revolutionary (1950, 1952, 1958, 1968), rupture (1986), and transnational (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019). Finally, I offer some concluding remarks and suggestions for further research.

Pubblicato
18 Dicembre 2019
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-367-0
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-366-3

Keywords: Historical revisionTwenty-first century Mexican ArtLa Biennale di VeneziaMexico PavilionTwentieth century Mexican Art

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