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Remedios Varo, Creation of Birds, 1957, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico

 

 

Maria de los Remedios Alicia Rodriga Varo and Uranga, better known as Remedios Varo (1908-1963), was born in Gerona at the beginning of the century, after beginning her studies at the San Fernando Academy, contracted, then moved to Paris. At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, she positioned herself for the Republican side and ended up emigrating to Mexico, she did not know that at the time, but this would be her home. Here she dedicated herself to advertising illustration, but soon became known, and now everyone knows her for being one of the first women to popularize her work in Mexico.

 

 

Remedios varo, Mimicry, 1960. Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico.

 

 

His work is easily recognizable by this fantastic tint and symbolic transcendence. One of its marks is the tendency to mysticism. Together with Leonora Carrington she forged a friendship that transcended in time and for that reason now, they are associated so frequently. Remedios, marked his works with a careful scientific iconography and much of his work can now be admired in the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico. He has been a protagonist in many times, but this exhibition is outstanding among the others.

 

 

Remedios Varo. Notes and anecdotes from a collection. Photography © Museo de Arte Moderno. Mexico City, Mexico.

 

 

"Remedios Varo, notes and anecdotes of a collection" shows with 39 pieces. It is all the trajectory of the artist. Its main piece is the catalog rationale, first published in 1994 by Era. The exhibition is divided into three large thematic groups, which tell us curious data, studies of the signatures and the thread of the whole exhibition. Also testimonies of external people who tell the essence of the works.

 

 

Photo of the exhibition "Remedios Varo, notes and anecdotes of a collection"

 

The last part of the visit focuses more on curiosities of this great artist of surrealism, known in the whole world. You can enjoy the exhibition until February 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico. Undoubtedly, Varo was a woman who put aside the conventions and ended up giving the recipe of how to have erotic dreams to anyone who wanted to share it, here we leave the ingredients of chef Varo.

 


Ingredients:
One kilo of strong root
Three white hens
A head of garlic
Four kilos of honey
A mirror
Two calf livers
A brick
Two clothes pegs
A corset with whales
Two false mustaches
Hats to taste

 

 

 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.