2,000 years of Mexican art
An exhibitionon Mexican art, of exceptionally wide scope opened last month at the Paris Museum of Modern Art. Its aim is not merely to offer connoisseurs a chance to admire Mexican paintings, statues or rare art objects. It is far more than that, for it reveals a great civilization which is really understood only by a relative minority of travellers and specialists. What the exhibition offers us is an opportunity to comprehend the people of Mexico, not from the outside in the political or ethnological sense but deeply and profoundly by tracing their spiritual and aesthetic development. On this occasion,too, the Mexican Governmenthas placed at the disposal of European radio stations collections of recordings of its authentic folk music and its modern symphonic music. This great cultural event, then, goes far beyond the scope the ordinary art exhibition.
The Courier is devoting these pages to the Mexican exhibition of art not merely because of the value of the great works shown, but even more important, because of the unusual opportunity it offers for a better and richer understanding between peoples.