Art prints and illustrations archive
The Art Prints and Illustrations Archive comprises around 800 high-quality prints from Latin America, mainly originating from Mexico. Particular highlights of the archive include the “Estampas de la Independencia y la Revolución”, the prints produced by the “Taller de Gráfica Popular” and the “José Guadalupe Posada” collection.
Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP)
This artists’ collective, which was founded in Mexico in 1937, played a key role in popularizing revolutionary social causes and promoting critique of fascism. Using linocuts and woodcuts, the collective produced over 3,000 posters, pamphlets and illustrations. The Ibero-American Institute (IAI) owns approx. 250 of these works (dating from 1937 to 1977). This collection is ongoing.
Estampas de la Independencia y la Revolución
To mark the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution in 2010, the Museo Nacional de la Estampa (MUNAE) del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) in Mexico donated 52 works of graphic art to the Ibero-American Institute (IAI). The series consists of commissioned pieces by renowned artists, such as Helen Escobedo, Leonora Carrington, Fernando Aceves Humana and Roberto Turnbull. Using woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and sculpture, the artists explore the topic of freedom.
Link to 2012 exhibition
José Guadalupe Posada
The political graphic artworks of José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) cast a critical eye on the Mexican upper classes and the government of Porfirio Díaz (1830-1915). Among his best-known pieces are the “calaveras”, satirical illustrations featuring skeleton motifs. Posada was viewed as an artist of the people and shunned by academic circles. It was not until he was discovered by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) that he finally found critical acclaim. The Ibero-American Institute’s (IAI) Art prints and Illustrations Archive is home to more than 400 works by Posada.
Unfortunately, the art prints and illustrations cannot be taken out on loan. Please arrange an appointment in advance if you would like to view the collection.
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