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Leonora Carrington Exhibit Reveals Never-Seen Artworks

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By Jesús Aguado

British-born Mexican expatriate artist and author Leonora Carrington liked to say of herself that she was “ambidextrous, as the locos are.” That craziness infused much of the multidisciplinary legacy Carrington left to México, composed of tales, sculptures, jewelry, and paintings.

A new multimedia exhibit, El Recóndito Mundo de Leonora Carrington (The Hidden World of Leonora Carrington), which opened May 15 at Plaza Principal 6, on the south side of the Jardín, pays tribute to that legacy, revealing work of the late expatriate artist that has never been seen before, according to San Miguel’s Director of Culture and Traditions Paulina Cadena. Only one piece in the exhibit, a jewelry sculpture, has been previously shown in other exhibits, she said.

“Dozens have never seen the light of day,” Cadena said.

Before she died in 2011 at 94 years of age, Carrington was one of the last surviving members of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. She had a longtime artistic and romantic partnership with German surrealist Max Ernst, which ended when Ernst had to flee Nazi-occupied France. She spent most of the rest of her life in México City. Cocodrillo, a well-known surrealist sculpture of a crocodile on Paseo Reforma, is a famous example of her work that resides in México. In 2018, the Museo Leonora Carrington opened in San Luis Potosí.

Entering this exhibit feels like entering a treasure box of fantasy and horror. While walking through its two halls, visitors easily enter Carrington’s surreal vision, witnessing extraordinary beings emerging from sculptures’ hands, eyes, and heads as some play instruments with no strings. Some sculptures are of figures with eyes and hands that rest on the figure’s back, leading one to feel just as much the observed as the observer.

Tickets to this exhibit cost 60 pesos, and only 30 pesos for residents with an official ID, as well as for any student or senior citizen with an ID. School principals can request group visits in which students will pay only 10 pesos. To take advantage of the school discount, fill out a form at the Office of Culture, located in El Chorro.

The exhibit will remain up until July 29.

Cadena also mentioned that the Carrington Foundation has donated a five-meter-high sculpture to San Miguel that she said would be ideal to be placed in a traffic circle, a park, or a garden. The city will have to pay for the sculpture’s casting.

While Cadena neither revealed the cost of doing so nor model the donated work would be cast from, Atención learned that the donated piece would be a casting of a piece entitled Unknown.

 

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