December14th, 2019
March29th, 2020

Anahuac’s Vision. Alfonso Reyes

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia MNA

Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi s/n

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In 1915, after leaving Mexico and already established in Madrid, Alfonso Reyes wrote his second published work and one of his best-known texts: Vision of Anahuac (1519), an essay that displays a recreation of the look that Spanish navigators had when meet in the Valley of Mexico for the first time. Reyes' work is a record of astonishment, an essay that goes back and forth from the prose poem to the historical chronicle, and revalues ??the past and the meaning of the violent and unusual contact between two worlds, reason enough for the National Museum of Anthropology to Inspire it for a new exhibition project on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the meeting between Hernán Cortés and Motecuhzoma. Under the curatorship of Cora Falero Ruiz and Arturo López Rodríguez, the exhibition Vision of Anahuac. Alfonso Reyes offers a reading in images of the story from 176 objects including paintings, photographs, pre-Hispanic sculptures, codices and historiographic sources from eight museums of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, 17 public and private collections, and 12 private photographs. The sample is divided into three thematic sections. In the first, entitled "Alfonso Reyes and his generation", the biographical profile of the writer and diplomat is briefly outlined, while presenting the most outstanding editions of Vision of Anahuac (1519) that since 1917 have been put into circulation. In the second section, “In search of the national soul”, a series of written sources, plastic works and interactive resources are displayed that transport us to the vision of ancient Mexico-Tenochtitlán, a city that was synonymous with thought, collective intelligence and harmony The collections to a people sensitive to the arts: music, sculpture and poetry as a metaphor for flower and song, as well as an organized society working amidst the majesty of the pyramids and in the exchange of innumerable products in the tianguis of Tlatelolco. It is in that scenario, framed by lakes and volcanoes, that there is the encounter of two civilizations, crystallized in the face between Hernán Cortés and Motecuhzoma, historical excuse of the exhibition. The exhibition closes with the theme "The most transparent region of the air", in which, from the Saturnino Herrán brush, José María Velasco, Gerardo Murillo, Dr. Atl, Luis Covarrubias, Armando García Núñez and Ricardo Martínez, among others , the scene of the Valley of Mexico takes color. Free entrance.



December 14, 2019


March 29, 2020

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Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia MNA

Bosque de Chapultepec
México, Ciudad de México
Mexico, 11580




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