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The Insider’s Guide to Semana Santa

By Charlotte Bell People come from all over Mexico and the world to experience Semana Santa in San Miguel de Allende. Countless processions and other unique occurrences happen during this time. Many of the events are ancient and have historical significance, but without information they are just strange occurrences. For the visitor it will be [...]

Wassily Kandinsky: The Visionary Language of Abstraction

LECT BEA Bauhaus composition

By Béa Aaronson “The more frightening the world becomes…the more art becomes abstract.” “In every painting a whole world is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration.” —Wassily Kandinsky   From Moscow, where he was born in 1866, to Paris, where he died in 1944, via Venice, Rome, [...]

“Desire and Voluptuousness: The Representation of Women in the Victorian Era”


By Béa Aaronson I had the privilege to be in Paris, my native city, when the Jacquemart André Museum, on Boulevard Haussmann, was offering a different kind of art exhibition. In a world harassed by noise, violence, angular visions, suicidal installations, and stress —  here was a collection of Victorian paintings depicting amorously languishing women, [...]

Arnie Reisman, the Subversive Storyteller

By Jo Sanders When Arnie Reisman was interviewing then-Governor Reagan for Reisman’s Oscar-nominated documentary on the Hollywood blacklists (“Hollywood on Trial”), it was about 20 years after Reagan had been president of the Screen Actors Guild at the height of the Red Scare. At that time, Reagan was helpfully feeding the FBI names of suspicious [...]

Melancholia: The Dark Side of Genius

LECT BEA Edward Hopper

By Bea Aaronson Melancholia is not an emotion. It is a mood that may lead to emotional disorders. But these emotional disorders are the fertile humus from which artists, poets, writers, and musicians draw their creative power. Usually defined as an abnormal state attributed to an excess of black bile, characterized by either a pensive [...]

David Lida on Another México


By Patricia Browne Hirschl “It never entered my mind that at forty-two I would die suddenly and unexpectedly while passing through a dicey no man’s land between where I’d been born and the home I’d made. It’s true that dying that way was congruent to the life I had been leading.” 2017 PEN Winter Lecture [...]

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, The Court Painter of the Moulin Rouge

By Bea Aaronson Born into an aristocratic and wealthy family, Toulouse Lautrec became one of the greatest post-impressionist painters. He was a powerful source of inspiration for future artists such as Picasso and Modigliani, as well as a forceful influence on art movements such as Fauvism and Expressionism. Lecture Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, The Court [...]

Claude Monet: An Eye In Movement

By Béa Aaronson “Everything is ephemeral But the ephemeral is sometimes divine” -Ernest Renan Claude Monet is celebrated as the Father of Impressionism. His art reaches the essence of Impressionism… “L’intuition de l’instant,” the intuition of the instant, as the French Philosopher Gaston Bachelard, a great admirer and connaisseur of Monet’s work, so poetically said. [...]

The Luminous Vibrations of Life (or The Triumph of la Peinture Claire)

By Béa Aaronson Last week, we saw and understood how the Impressionist revolution took place. In this second part, we shall examine more closely the works of each individual painter, their similarities and their differences, and most of all I shall try to convey their crazed obsession in fixing on canvas those fleeting appearances which [...]

Lecture on “Felipe Cossío del Pomar, the Founder of Bellas Artes School”

By Alberto Aveleyra The Friends of the Historic Museum of San Miguel and Bellas Artes invite you to the lecture “The Rescue Project of Felipe Cossío del Pomar, Life and Works, Founder of San Miguel´s School of Bellas Artes.” Lecture “Felipe Cossío del Pomar, Founder of Bellas Artes” Mon, Nov 28, 7pm Miguel Malo Auditorium [...]

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