Schoelkopf Gallery reveals rediscovered Diego Rivera paintings

Schoelkopf Gallery in New York, specializing in 19th and 20th century American fine art, presents Mexican Modernism: Diego Rivera and Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, a new, intimate exhibition exemplifying the gallery’s commitment to celebrating the global legacy of modernism across the Americas. Highlighting the presentation is a pair of newly rediscovered Diego Rivera paintings.

In 1930, at the height of U.S. interest in Mexican art, Carl Zigrosser, director of the prominent Weyhe Gallery in New York and future Philadelphia Museum of Art curator, visited the studio of Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, where he bought a parcel of paintings he described as “among the most interesting in Mexico.” At the same time, Erhard Weyhe, Zigrosser’s partner, embarked on a mission to find new work by Diego Rivera to loan to the major 1931 retrospective dedicated to the artist organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mexican Modernism presents two pairs of newly rediscovered paintings by Rodríguez Lozano and Rivera that resulted from the visionary gallerists’ quests.

The paintings can be seen together at the gallery from March 8 through April 5, 2024.

While Rivera is well known in the United States, Rodríguez Lozano remains unfamiliar to many Americans. Both artists’ work in Mexican Modernism represents a broad range of universal human experiences, from childhood and maternity to performance and community.

Produced from 1926 to 1929, these rarely seen paintings represent a thriving creative period that emerged in Mexico following a violent civil war from 1910 to 1920. The stylistic and thematic innovations represented in the exhibition testify to the cultural and political complexities of the revolutionary era, a context that remains relevant today.

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