Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jose Maria Velasco

Valle de Mexico
This evening I attended the opening of a biggish Jose Maria Velasco exhibition at the MUNAL museum. Velasco is famous for his landscapes - big sweeping vistas of 19th century Mexico which have since found their way into guidebooks, maps and all sorts, never mind galleries. 
It was my first experience of an opening event, and it was a positive one. Five people stood on a platform but only two spoke, the Director and the Ministry of Culture, both without notes. It was in between formal & informal, just right. The exhibition was professionally hung, and there were grapefruit-flavoured tequilas afterwards. Who could ask for more?

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