EL MURAL DE SIQUEIROS EN LA ARGENTINA: EJERCICIO PLÁSTICO
Place Published: Buenos Aires
Publisher: Editorial El Ateneo
Date Published: 2003
Size: 30 cm
Book Id: 71284
color and b/w plates, ports., facs., bibl., apend., color pict. wrps
In 1933 young socialist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros (b. Mexico 1896-1974) arrived in Buenos Aires and painted what is considered the Sistine Chapel of Modern Art. The book narrates in detail the fascinating history of the mural and its 4 main protagonists: muralist Siqueiros, and his wife the eccentric Uruguayan poet Blanca Luz Brum, the inspiring force behind the artist, journalist Natalio Botana, who financed the painted mural in the underground cellar of his house in Don Torcuato, and finally his wife Salvadora Medina Onrubia de Botana. Painted in an era of artistic cooperation, the artwork included the participation of Lino Spilimbergo, Antonio Berni y Juan Carlos Castagnino. The edition includes an essay of the mostly ignored political -ideological polemic between Siqueiros and Vasconcelos in Argentina regarding communist ideals of the first. The final section is the rescue process of the mural in 1988, a conservation success credited to the determined effort by author Mendizabal. This book represents a rare episode of the life and art of the extraordinary muralist and his wife, passionate anarchists and communists who while working for the social revolution in South America, decided to spend some time in Argentina and paint an almost private mural, a rare and lost until now masterpiece of an erotic message, far-off from his social-political ideals.