Clay Between Two Seas. From Baghdad to the Talavera of Puebla
The renowned Iranian researcher Farzaneh Pirouz, curator of this exhibition, devoted her doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford exploring the technological origins of Talavera pottery, which she discovered dates back to 9th century Mesopotamia. From these legendary events, Clay Between Two Seas describes Islamic influence on Spanish pottery as well as that of other European nations that crossed the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Puebla during the 16th century. It also chronicles the influence on Talavera of the well-known Chinese porcelain, transported to Mexico via the Manila Galleon.
Clay Between Two Seas was conceived in conjunction with the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas. The project relied on the enthusiastic collaboration of Mexican and international museums and collections.
Bodies, Matter and Soul
The great American artist Lynda Benglis is at the vanguard of the neobaroque sensibility. Her work is held in the collections of some of the world’s most important museums and lays the groundwork for the future of contemporary visual art.
What does Baroque mean to us? Is there a single definition? When did it arise? What are its general characteristics? Is it the same everywhere or are there regional differences? What is Neobaroque?
A multisensory experience raises the curtain to introduce us to the great theatre of the world: the Baroque world.
Puebla de los Ángeles
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, Baroque culture developed in wide-ranging and far-away geographies. It inspired the design of cities with distinctive features, although they were immersed in ongoing cultural and commercial exchange between Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
A monumental model reveals why Puebla was one of the most remarkable stages in this cosmopolitan world of remarkable Baroque cities.
The Baroque Feeling: Architecture
El Sentimiento Barroco: Arquitectura
The thought and aspirations of Baroque society were materialized in an innovative vision of the city and architectural forms. Spacious plazas and gardens, as well as buildings with vibrant facades that led to exuberant interiors became the grand stage for Baroque society.
The New Order of the Times: Painting and Sculpture
The Baroque universe saw the materialization of its deepest concerns and convictions in images of intense emotionalism and great intimacy.
Paintings and sculptures were transformed into powerful didactic platforms for symbolic, moral, religious, and political content.
The Allegories of Knowledge: Letters and Sciences
What did people read and what was written in Baroque times?
Baroque sensibility, mentality, and concerns left a decisive mark on literature, science, and philosophy, occasionally provoking heated tensions between burgeoning modern science and religious theories.
Entertaining and Moving: Theatre, Costume and the Decorative Arts
Theatre was tantamount to an echo of the Baroque world, not only in terms of literary creation and performance, but also through the artifice of stage sets, costumes, and special effects.
Attire, interior settings from daily life, and ceremonial performances were crucial in a society where each individual played a role.
Artifices of the Ear: Music and Dance
Music was a source of pleasure, an expression of virtuosity, a path for communication with heavenly entities, based on discourse and drama. Progress in technology applied to instruments went hand in hand with the development of Baroque music and dance, creating methods and forms still present today.