President´s Foreword Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940 explores a thirty-year period of upheaval in Mexico that not only transformed the country's political, economic and social landscape but also witnessed an extraordinary flourishing of the arts.
The sweeping changes that the Mexican Revolution brought about gave artists the opportunity to celebrate a previously overlooked sense of self; as a consequence Mexican artists began energetically to embrace aspects of their national identity rather than looking north to the US or east to Europe as they had hitherto.
The government initially supported an ambitious and wide-ranging cultural programme through, for example, literacy campaigns and open-air art schools, and crucially, it financed artists and provided them with public spaces in which to work. Dominated by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, the famed mural programme that has come to define this period tells only part of the story. Last, but by no means least, we owe a debt of thanks to all our lenders, who have been greatly encouraging of the exhibition and extraordinarily generous with their loans, and to those who have facilitated the loan of several significant works. We would like to acknowledge that it is only through their continuing support that the Royal Academy has been able to realize Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940. Christopher Le Brun PRA President, Royal Academy of Arts.