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  • ICAA Record ID
    786755
    AUTHOR
    Arguedas, Sol
    TITLE
    D' Harnoncourt, un extranjero al que se debe parte del redescubrimiento del arte popular mexicano / por Sol Arguedas
    IN
    México en la Cultura : suplemento cultural de Novedades (México, D. F., México). -- Ago. 23, 1959.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 6-7 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Arguedas, Sol. "D' Harnoncourt, un extranjero al que se debe parte del redescubrimiento del arte popular mexicano." México en la Cultura: Suplemento cultural de Novedades (Mexico City), August 23, 1959.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Davis, Frederick William; Harnoncourt, Rene d'; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N. Y.)
Synopsis

This article reports on the Austrian promoter, René d’Harnoncourt, a resident of New York who was then visiting Mexico. It recounts his beginnings in art, prior to his arrival on the American continent, and his subsequent insertion into the local arts scene when d’Harnoncourt worked for the American ambassador to Mexico Dwight W. Morrow and the collector of Mexican art, Frederick Davis. The specialist in folk art recalls his experiences as a museographer and curator.

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René d’Harnoncourt (1901-68) played a significant role in Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s, when United States tourism was interested in the arts and local culture. The image of rural life in Mexico, its rich and ancient past seemingly preserved intact, was seen as an enviable refuge from the modern industrialization of its neighbor to the north. This image was appealing to many Americans who believed they recognized the characteristics of a paradisiacal “golden era” in Mexico. 

It is worth noting that in the report d’Harnoncourt criticizes the distortion that can affect art, manipulating its original meaning through curatorial practices. He declares: “if the exhibition of an object is subjugated to a dramatic effect, this will reflect the personality of the curator, but it will [also] impart different values to the object.” This last criticism is implicitly directed toward the methods used by Fernando Gamboa (1908-90), the creator of a very particular curatorial style—dramatic and mythical—with which he usually presented Mexican art. 

Researcher
Diana Briuolo
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
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Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional