Olga Costa. Dialogues with Mexican Modernism

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Olga Costa. Dialogues with Mexican Modernism

01/12/2022 — 26/03/2023

Olga Costa, La vendedora de frutas (The fruit seller), 1951, Colección Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL/Secretaría de Cultura, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022
Olga Costa, La vendedora de frutas (The fruit seller), 1951, Colección Museo de Arte Moderno, INBAL/Secretaría de Cultura, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022
Olga Costa, Tehuana con sandía (Tehuana with watermelon), 1952, Modern Art International Foundation, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, Courtesy Manuel Reyero IV.
Olga Costa, Tehuana con sandía (Tehuana with watermelon), 1952, Modern Art International Foundation, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, Courtesy Manuel Reyero IV.
Olga Costa, Niña con sandalias (girl with sandals), 1950, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, Courtesy Galería de Arte Mexicano
Olga Costa, Niña con sandalias (girl with sandals), 1950, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, Courtesy Galería de Arte Mexicano

The MdbK will present Olga Costa's diverse oeuvre in a comprehensive exhibition for the first time in Europe. In addition to works from over 50 years of the artist's career, outstanding positions of Mexican modernism, such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, María Izquierdo, Rosa Rolanda or Lola Cueto, will also be on display.

In Mexico, the Leipzig-born artist Olga Costa (1913-1993) has long since established herself as one of the most important female voices of modernism. In the 1920s, her family emigrated to Mexico, where Costa became self-taught in her new environment. Throughout her life, she was fascinated by the colours of the Latin American landscape, the scenes of everyday life, the indigenous culture and, last but not least, the people themselves. In her paintings, drawings and graphics, Olga Costa combines an independent, modern vocabulary with subtle undertones of content. From a specifically female perspective, her works humorously and thoughtfully always reflect on themes such as freedom, belonging, cultural identity and gender roles.

Olga Costa, Tehuana con sandía (Tehuana with watermelon), 1952, Modern Art International Foundation, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, Courtesy Manuel Reyero IV.
Olga Costa, Tehuana con sandía (Tehuana with watermelon), 1952, Modern Art International Foundation, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022, Courtesy Manuel Reyero IV.