Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    760397
    TITLE
    Mardonio Magaña / Diego Rivera
    IMPRINT
    México, D. F. : [s.n.], Septiembre de 1948
    DESCRIPTION
    p. [5-6] : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Reviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rivera, Diego. "Mardonio Magaña." Espacios (Mexico City), no.1 (September 1948): [5-6].
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Diego Rivera writes a biography of Mardonio Magaña, who arrived in Mexico City at age 52. Magaña started to carve wood and stone while he worked as a waiter at La Casa del Artista, a branch establishment, part of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. Rivera’s opinion is that from the moment he started to carve, Magaña was considered the first sculptor of his time, thus preserving the lineage of visual art tradition of the ancestral Valley of Anáhuac (Mexico City). The conclusion is that the Mexican peasant in the fields of that time will be ever present through Magaña’s work.

Annotations

In 1948, when Diego Rivera (1886-1957) wrote this, it is a somewhat belated reference to keep identifying the Mexican movement as the “Mexican Renaissance.” The characteristics of the so-called popular art were reevaluated, and became part of an aesthetic of what was Mexican, whose essence is found in the artworks by Mardonio Magaña (1868-1947). The article fits within the context of remembrance of the time when what was popular became a source of inspiration for Mexican art. The first exhibition of Magaña’s production was held in 1933.  The first article written by Diego Rivera about Mardonio Magaña was published in the magazine Mexican Folkways in 1930.

Researcher
Esther Acevedo
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
D.R. © 2011 Banco de México, “Fiduciario” en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.
Location
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Univesidad Nacional Autónoma de México. México D.F., México