Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Leonora Carrington exhibition opens in San Miguel de Allende

An intimate exhibition featuring an eclectic collection of art by British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington opened this week in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

Called Mundo Recóndito de Leonora Carrington (Secret World of Leonora Carrington), the exhibition was inaugurated at the municipal palace Tuesday by Mayor Luis Alberto Villareal García.

He said the exhibition provides an intimate look into the life of the artist because among the more than 100 pieces on display are a number of very personal works.

Carrington was an acclaimed surrealist painter and multimedia artist who was born in Lancashire, England, but lived most of her adult life in Mexico City before passing away in the capital in 2011, aged 94.

At Tuesday’s inauguration, Carrington’s son, Pablo Weisz, described his mother as one of the most incredible artists on the planet, and San Miguel de Allende – the American Capital of Culture 2019 – as an “extraordinary place” with a “very special energy.”

A sculpture by Leonora Carrington.
A sculpture by Leonora Carrington.

Weisz, who is also an artist, added that he was certain that his mother was watching down on the event and would feel “very honored.”

Fermín Llamazares, exhibition curator and president of the Leonora Carrington Council, said it was the first time that such a wide range of Carrington’s art had been displayed in one place.

“For us [the pieces] have a particular importance . . . because none of the works belongs to a collector nor are they part of a cultural institution’s collection. They come directly from the home of Leonora, from her shelves, from her walls, from her drawers, from her studio,” he said.

Sculptures, masks, photographs, drawings, different editions of books Carrington wrote and even jewelry she designed are among the art on display in the exhibition rooms of the San Miguel de Allende municipal palace.

The exhibition closes on June 29.

Source: Milenio (sp) 

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