Gucci Teases Shanghai Exhibit With Four Murals

ART ON THE WALLS: Gucci on Thursday unveiled murals in Milan, New York, London and Hong Kong. The art walls celebrate the upcoming exhibition supported by Gucci called “The Artist Is Present.” Running Oct. 11 to Dec. 16 at Shanghai’s Yuz Museum, the show was curated by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.
The murals re-create the poster of the exhibition, which features an original artwork dating back to 2010 for Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist Is Present” solo show at MoMA in New York. Replicating images of the media campaign for Abramovic’s show resonates with the themes of the exhibition in Shanghai, which explores the art of copying and cultural appropriation.
The murals in New York’s SoHo district, Milan’s Corso Garibaldi, Hong Kong’s D’Anguilar Street and a stone’s throw from London’s Brick Lane will be flanked by an additional art wall in Shanghai’s Jingan district to be unveiled in the coming weeks to promote the opening of the exhibition in the Chinese city.
Although Abramovic is not involved in the project, the artist’s work has provided Cattelan with a source of inspiration. “Copying is like a blasphemy: It could seem not respectful toward God, but at the same time is the significant recognition of its

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Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art

Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art


In 1931, Diego Rivera was the subject of The Museum of Modern Art’s second monographic exhibition, which set new attendance records in its five-week run. The Museum brought Rivera to New York six weeks before the show’s opening and gave him on-site studio space. There he produced five “portable murals” -large blocks of frescoed plaster, slaked lime and wood that feature bold images drawn from Mexican subject matter and address themes of revolution and class inequity. After the opening, to great publicity, Rivera added three more murals, now taking on New York subjects through monumental images of the urban working class and the city during the Great Depression. Published in conjunction with an exhibition that brings together key works made for Rivera’s 1931 show, this catalogue casts the artist as a highly cosmopolitan figure who traveled between Russia, Mexico and the United States and examines the intersection of artmaking and radical politics in the 1930s. Illustrated with reproductions of each panel as well as related paintings, drawings, prints and documentary photographs, the book’s essays investigate the international politics of muralism, Rivera’s history with MoMA, the iconography of the portable murals and technical aspects of the artist’s working process. Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a central figure in the development of Mexican muralism, an ambitious public art initiative intended to relay Mexico’s ideals after the Revolution (1910-1920). A highly cosmopolitan artist, Rivera had spent many years in Europe before returning to Mexico in 1921, and in 1927 he traveled to the Soviet Union where he met Alfred Barr, the soon-to-be founding director of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Rivera’s artistic celebrity benefitted from major commissions in the United States, including murals for the Pacific Stock Exchange, the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, MoMA and the Detroit Institute of Arts. By the 1930s, he enjoyed an unrivaled status at the

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