The U.K. in Mexico and Mexico in the U.K. year of cultural, social and business exchanges is gathering steam with the openings of two first-rate exhibits in both countries, and esteemed Mexican scribes feted at this week’s London Book Fair.
Recently inaugurated at the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City is an exhibit featuring a selection of landscapes from the mammoth collection of the Tate Britain. Among Brits featured in this first-rate show are artistic luminaries such as Joseph Mallard William Turner, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and David Hockney.
Meanwhile, the Tate Liverpool is hosting a retrospective of works by the late, highly acclaimed British-born artist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), who spent much of her adult life in Mexico. Carrington, a debutante from a rich Lancashire family, eschewed her privileged background to join the surrealist movement in Paris in the late 1930s. She developed a romantic relationship with artist Max Ernst, who was forced to flee to the United States after the Nazis invaded France.
Carrington suffered a nervous breakdown and ended up at the Mexican embassy in Lisbon, from where she took a boat passage to Mexico.