The MUSEO DEL ARTE ABSTRACTO…..was established in 1997 by local artist Manuel Felguerez and is the only museum in Latin America specializing in abstract art. It is home to some of the best Mexican abstract artists work.
The building was first a seminary for priests but with the Revolution it closed it’s doors and since then has been an army barracks and until the nineties a prison. Some tiny tiny 6 feet square cells are still preserved with the inmates wall decor.
The museum is also home to the particular works created for the World Expo held in Osaka Japan in 1970. Eleven artists were given three weeks to create their works and could do them in any style and were intended to be hung together to make one vast mural 400 square feet in size. This was during a time of political and social revolution in Mexico when the traditional values of mural painting such as social commentary and being responsible for changing society were being discarded in favour of the new subjective experience. José Luis Cuevas invented the name “the rupture” for a group of artists that questioned and rejected the need to keep Mexican painting tied to these principles of muralism.
These paintings may never have actually been hung at that Expo as there is no documentation or photographs at all showing them or anything else in place at the pavillion. The artists themselves were not even invited. Perhaps the sensibilities of the work did not align with the militaristic government of the time who had just two years earlier massacred many protesters in Mexico City just prior to the Olympic Games. After the 1970 World’s Fair, the paintings were scattered throughout art museums in Mexico and only recently gathered together in one place again.
Rosario Guajardo (1948-) Emplomado
Fernando De Szyslo (1925-) Dos Caminos A Mendieta
Luis Garcia Guerrero (1925-1996) Sin Titulo
Rafael Coronel (1931-) Sin Titulo
Luis Lopez Loza (1939-) Estructura En Ocre
Omar Rayo (1928-) Colombiano
Ilse Gradwohl (1943-) Al Margen De la Noche (At The Margin Of The Night)
Jose Villalobos (1950-) Signo
Jose Gonzalez Veites (1957-) El Pais De Tus Ojos (The country of your eyes?)
Jose Castro Lenero (1953-) Sin Titulo
Ricardo Pinto (1973-) Episodico Tactil (Tactile episodes) Below is a close up showing the layers.
These pieces below I unfortunately did not get any information on.
I did not get the information on this very finely painted piece (detail below).
Marta Palau (1934-) Gibellina A sculpture in painted enamelled metal.
Below– There is a print shop in the museum and we spent some time with someone working there.
Below- A well chosen pink hued piece to go with the stone.
Below- The rock walls of the ancient building with many colored stones used in construction.
Thats the end of my postings on Zacatecas. Much not seen and so room for another visit sometime.