"The Suspended Exhibition" Orozco, Rivera y Siqueiros
Mexican art continues to dominate the world stage of fine art with numerous international museum exhibits, including the upcoming show at the the Palazzo Fava in Bologna, Italy for Mexico's Big Three: José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Originally, the show was to be inaugurated on September 13, 1973 in Santiago de Chile, as a testimony of solidarity and friendship between Chile and Mexico. Mexico became a democracy after a bloody revolution supported by a new form of popular expression based on the idea of individual freedom, an ideology championed by the muralist artists of the era; these artists included José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros.
But two days before the show's opening, General Augusto Pinochet carried out the coup that kept him in power for the next seventeen years. And so, the paintings by Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros were packed in a hurry and embarked on an airplane alongside the widow and two sons of former Chilean President, Salvador Allende. Not even one of these paintings was seen by the public, and the collection was returned to the Mexican museums where they came from.
The show is happening this year, in 2017. For this reason, it is now called “la Mostra Sospesa” or "la Exposición Pendiente" (the suspended exhibition).
The exhibition will arrive at Palazzo Fava on October 19, 2017 and will feature 68 works by the most significant Mexican muralists, all of whom are recognized as part of Mexico’s national heritage. All of the works in the show belong to the Carrillo Gil Museum, the National Museum de Arte and the Veracruz Museum.
The exhibition consists almost entirely of oil paintings and drawings that effectively and engagingly demonstrate the artistic sensibility of the three muralists, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros. The works exhibited are accompanied by extensive documentation of the original murals, which includes an HD video animation that will allow viewers to locate the main works of the three muralists in various cities of Mexico.
In addition to the animation, some historical documents are exhibited: newspaper articles, telegrams, and handwritten letters of solidarity and cultural exchange that between Mexico and Chile in 1973.
The show will take place at Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava, a Renaissance style palace, located on via Manzoni 4 in Bologna, Italy; it houses the Medieval Civic Museum of Bologna and was built for the notary and chancellor Bartolomeo Ghisilardi between 1484 and 1491. In the courtyard of the palace, stands the medieval tower called Torre dei Conoscenti. Ironically during the Mussolini era, the palazzo housed the Casa del Fascio (House of Fascists) of Bologna.