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  • ICAA Record ID
    774337
    TITLE
    La cultura eterna de México / por Antonin Artaud
    IN
    El Nacional : Diario popular (México, D. F., México). -- Jul. 13, 1936.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 1 y 4
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Artaud, Antonin. "La cultura eterna de México." El Nacional: Diario popular (Mexico City), July 13, 1936.
Synopsis

Antonin Artaud outlines a type of utopia whose mission is to search for the lost soul of the great Native cultures in the Mexico of his time, to recover what is Native and go back to the beginnings to what is untouched by progress. Artaud arrives in Mexico looking for a way to solidify traditional culture. He believes there are two trends: one that assimilates culture and European civilization that is stamped in a Mexican way, and another that rebels against progress. The poet believes that the rebellious current is the one that best represents Mexico. That is where he hopes to find the connections between poetic rhythms and human breath, with the pure movements of space and the elements of nature.

Annotations

The view of a Mexico that is based on a timeless, ahistorical culture was driven from the outside, as in the case of the poetics of Antonin Artaud (1896-1948). However, the local intellectuals assumed this way of explaining their culture as a recurrent phenomenon. In doing so, they were swept away by pure exoticism mixed with an inclination to promote tourism and support nationalism.

Particularly relevant to Artaud’s primitivist tendencies are the issues involving Latin-ness and culture, nationalism, prophetic and magic powers, as well as the supremacy of death.

Researcher
Francisco Reyes Palma
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional. Mexico D.F., México