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#402130 - 03/10/11 08:58 AM Painting exhibition “Erotica” will open
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The painting exhibition “Erotica” will open at the Institute of Mexico in Belize

Belmopan, 9 March 2011.- The Embassy of Mexico invites the public to the painting exhibition “Erotica”, that will open on Thursday, March 10th, at the Institute of Mexico in Belize. The event is held with the support of the Department of Culture of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The collection includes 30 paintings by different artists from the Bahia de Chetumal Painters Foundation, from Mexico. The purpose of the exhibition is to present to the Belizean public different perspectives of the human body and its relation with love and sensuality expressed through the paintings. It also intends to give a thoughtful reflection on the theme of eroticism from the aesthetic point of view.

This collective exhibition by the group of Mexican artists had already been displayed in Cozumel and at the Mayan Culture Museum in Chetumal, Mexico. Now it is presented in Belize as part of the cultural exchange between Mexico and Belize, sponsored by the Embassy of Mexico. This event also intends to open a space for aesthetic dialogue between artists from both countries, and to inspire young Belizean artists.

The Embassy of Mexico invites the public to attend the inauguration of this exhibition on Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 pm at the Institute of Mexico in Belize. Admission is free. The exhibition will remain open until April 8th, 2011, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Institute of Mexico in Belize is located on the corner of Newtown Barracks and Wilson Street in Belize City. For more information, call 223-1408, visit the website of the Embassy of Mexico: www.sre.gob.mx/belice/ or write to institutodemexico@embamex.bz

#402198 - 03/11/11 09:41 AM Re: Painting exhibition “Erotica” will open [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Blush at Erotica; sensual and bold paintings from México

Erotica, an exhibition by Mexican artists, opens tonight at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City. As the name suggests, the paintings are erotic but also artistic and attempt to capture the correlation between sexuality and love. The Department of Culture of Quintana Roo had a hand in bringing the exhibition to the Institute. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Erotica, the latest exhibit at the Institute of Mexico, includes the spicy, racy and bare works of fifteen painters from the south of Quintana Roo. While local artists have barely begun to explore nudity, the Mexicans are bold in form and content.

Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Embassy of Mexico

Marcelino Miranda

“They belong to the Chetumal Bay of Painters and they have exhibited this collection before in Cozumel, Mexico and also at the Maya Cultural Museum in Chetumal. So tonight we are going to have the opportunity of having this exhibition; this interesting exhibition about the interpretation and the relationship between body and love and eroticism. Also they are trying to inspire young people and adults to explore in a different way, in an artistic way. We have some ideas of the human body and relationship between men and women and in this case some of the shocking images, they are trying to create in the public another way to think about this relationship.”

There are images of men depicted as horned creatures and the women as the traditional object of desire. But there are those like that of Ixtabai, the mythological temptress who kills her prey.

Marcelino Miranda

“In that painting we are looking at two men who are drunk. The artist is trying to express that this kind of image that drunken men have about women and about all these common ideas that men have about women. So the artist is challenging these common ideas on the men culture about relationship with women and the relationship with women and the relationship with alcohol. This is an exhibition for all the public. There are some paintings that could be a little shocking to some people, but actually what it intends is to make a reflection on the human body in an artistic and aesthetic way. That’s the reason it is presented to all the public. It’s not only about some images that show the naked human body; it intends to explore the relationship between the human body and love and sensuality. As the title of the exhibition says, Erotica. Erotica comes from Greek Eros—this is the God of Love. So the meaning is about love, the intense love and about sensuality.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Admission to tonight’s launch is free. Opening hours for regular viewing is from eight a.m. to six p.m. until April eighth.

#402266 - 03/12/11 12:09 PM Re: Painting exhibition “Erotica” will open [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Art that Provokes…

And those who don't want to work at a call center - may be able to find work as muses or models for portraits. We're sure plenty of those were used for the latest art exhibition EROTICA which opened last night at the Mexican Institute of Culture, is expected to do. The intent says the Embassy's Public Information Officer, is to give a 'thoughtful reflection on the theme of eroticism from an aesthetic point of view'. I had an opportunity last night to view the provocative group of paintings. Be forewarned that some of the pieces are of a graphic nature so you might not want kids to watch. Here are a few of the less explicit ones:..

Marcelino Miranda, Mexican Embassy Public Relation Officer
"What we are presenting here is an extraordinary collection by male and female Mexican artists. I am talking about artists from Quintana Roo and so we wanted to present this collection because first they set the theme as "Erotica" they are referring to the Greek word of "Eros" that is love, that is sensuality and in this case what they are intending to do is to present some thoughts and some images in which they want the public to think about the relationship between human body and sensuality and about love."

Jim McFadzean
"What will people that will come to this exhibition find the artwork here very provocative and to some extent very graphic."

Marcelino Miranda, Mexican Embassy Public Relation Officer
"What we are having here is that we are looking at the human body from the artistic point of view, so some of these images are challenging, they are clearly provocative in terms of the way they portray parts of the human body. Some images could be shocking for some people but at the same time it's a very good opportunity from the artistic point of view to have a look at the human body in a different perspective and also to reflect on the symbols of the human body and in terms of art and what they mean for the general population. I mean some of them are a part of the traditional views, some of them maybe are conservative views about the human body, so that's what the artists are trying to do is to challenge those kinds of traditional views about the human body and also the relationship between the human body and sensuality from the artistic point of view."

The exhibition is part of the cultural exchange between Mexico and Belize. It's intended to promote dialogue between artists from both countries. Admission is free and the Exhibition will remain open until April 8th, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.

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