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'México' Exhibit at Dallas Museum of Art a Blockbuster

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June 19, 2017

The exhibition features works by Mexican artists from the first half of the 20th century, many of which are rarely on view in the US, including Frida Kahlo's Las dos Fridas, which many call "the Mexican Mona Lisa."

Dallas, Texas - Buzz is a big deal in the world of art museums, and buzz is the word, as in there's plenty of it, for "México 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde," which opened on March 12 and runs through July 16 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The exhibition features amazing works by Mexican artists from the first half of the 20th century, many of which are rarely on view in the US, including Frida Kahlo's Las dos Fridas, which many call "the Mexican Mona Lisa." There is also a section of the exhibition featuring works of art by female peers of Frida Kahlo which tell the story of modern Mexico and its cultural identity.

The DMA's new Eugene McDermott Director, AgustÍn Arteaga, developed this exciting exhibition with the Secretaría de Cultura/Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes while working in Mexico at one of its largest museums, Museo Nacional de Arte, México (MUNAL), before he came to the DMA last July.

When the "Mexico 1900-1950" exhibition opened at the Grand Palais in Paris on October 5, 2016 it was met by great success, long lines, and more than 230,000 visitors before closing on January 23, 2017.

The Dallas Morning News predicted back in March that the Dallas Museum of Art had a potential blockbuster on its hands, and they were right.

DMA officials announced last Tuesday that, as of June 12, the "Mexico" exhibition had welcomed more than 76,034 visitors, which is especially noteworthy because it surpasses total attendance for "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots," which drew 67,749 during its 17 weeks (Nov. 20, 2015, through March 20, 2016) at the Dallas Museum of Art.

With more than three weeks left to go, the "Mexico 1900-1950" exhibition already ranks, according to the DMA, among its top 10 highest-attended exhibitions since 2000.

Sources: Dallas Museum of ArtThe Dallas Morning News