Mexico City - Exhibition

Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue

Museo Tamayo

12 Sep 201507 Feb 2016

This survey exhibition of the American figurative painter highlights key aspects of Leon Golub’s oeuvre from the 1950s until his death in 2004. Throughout his career Golub was guided by the idea that art should be socially relevant. His works are profoundly psychological and evocative – often painted on a huge scale – and return again and again to themes of oppression, violence and the misuse of power.

This is the first meaningful review of this artist, after his death in 2004. It includes key pieces, which range from the 1950’s to the last decade of the twentieth century. The work of Leon Golub (Chicago, 1922-2004) addresses topics of violence and oppression to express and oppositional stance to inequality and power abuse. As a figurative postwar painter, Golub considered art should be relevant to its period and be profoundly rooted to humanity’s collective experience.

Golub’s paintings examine the reality of a global contemporary existence. Viewed from the context of today’s alarming international events, his work is a universal and visionary indication of our fragile and turbulent times. “Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue” is an exhibition organized in collaboration with London’s Serpentine Galleries. It includes almost 50 pieces, from large-format paintings to drawings, which represent various periods of the artist’s production.

  • Leon Golub, White Squad IV (El Salvador), 1983. Collection of Ulrich and Harriet MeyerLeon Golub, White Squad IV (El Salvador), 1983. Collection of Ulrich and Harriet Meyer
  • Leon Golub, Bite your tongueLeon Golub, Bite your tongue
  • Leon Golub, Bite your tongueLeon Golub, Bite your tongue

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Photo: © Abe Frajndlich, 2014

Leon Golub

Curators

Emma Enderby

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
sun, tue, wed, thu, fri, sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

ADMISSION:
$65; Free admission to students, teachers, children under 12 and third age people with current ID.

ESTABLISHED:
1981

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Gaitan Juan Andrés


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