Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Revolution on paper : Mexican prints 1910-1960....

....British Museum, until 5th April 2010.
This show focusses on Mexican print makers in the early 20th Century, during a time of social and political upheaval and is fascinating.


Diego Rivera: 'Emiliano Zapata and his horse', 1932.

Personally I found greater enjoyment in the colour letterpress and woodblock prints. The typography and imagery together makes for wonderfully designed and lasting posters. Unfortunately the majority of the show was made up of monochrome lithographs - no less accomplished in their execution, just not as easy on my eye!





But all the prints are successful in their ability to capture a hugely significant time in Mexico's history, and this exhibition is the perfect way to see them and be informed, because previously they were only pasted on walls or part of protest marches.

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