The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey presents Rufino Tamayo. The Ecstasy of color, a retrospective exhibition that explores the artist´s most intimate work, related to dreams and to an inner search, in which he develops a color science to find his own language inspired by a certain pre-Columbian aesthetic, to transfigure it and revitalize it into a contemporary language.

The exhibition reveals his experimentation in the field of geometry and abstraction and it brings together 54 artworks, including pieces from the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), Museo Rufino Tamayo, Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), and loans from private collections. There are small and large format paintings, from his earliest to his last works, among which the portable mural Homenaje a la raza india (1952) stands out, piece that was entrusted to the artist for the exhibition Arte mexicano de la época prehispánica hasta nuestros días [Mexican art from pre-Columbian times to the present day] presented during 1953 in Paris, Stockholm, and London.

Furthermore, the exhibition presents one of his few political caricatures, named El líder (1973); a portrait of Francisco I. Madero of 1948; Hombre radiante de alegría (1968) a tribute to the youth; his Autorretrato (1946) that he repainted in 1967 and Músicas dormidas (1950) painted in New York.

This selection also includes: Desnudo en gris (1931); Anuncio de corsetería (1934); Frutero azul (Frutero con frutas-1939); Retrato de Olga (1964); Dos mujeres (1981) and El Rockanrolero (1989) the last painting made by Tamayo at the age of 90.

Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) devoted his life to painting as an intimate and transformative creative experience, always guided by a brilliant sense of color and a passion for pre-Columbian archeology. He gradually stopped making portraits of indigenous and mestizo subjects as he came to favor a highly synthetized model of the human figure in order to evoke its spiritual connection to the heavens and the earth. Later in his mature years, he strengthened the conviction that the canvas is an inexhaustible field of experimentation in which he could extract from color all of its most magnetic dualities, while he aspired to fuse the figure with abstraction in an expression that evokes the infinite.

Tamayo turned away from the rhetoric muralismo and its proselytizing aims, his independence served as a model for younger artists known as the Ruptura, who saw him as a harbinger of their own struggles and experiments with abstraction.

Rufino Tamayo, The Ecstasy of color has been organized in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), and it will remain open to the public from November 24 of 2017 to April 8 of 2018.

CURATOR: Sylvia Navarrete.

MUSEOGRAPHY: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey.

GALLERY: 5 | Ground floor.

ON VIEW: From November 24, 2017 to April 8, 2018.

CATALOG: Available in the MARCO Store since the day of the opening.

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