Step Into a Fantastical Imaginary City Designed by Pedro Friedeberg, Mexico’s Most Famous Living Surrealist
His new exhibition is full of wonders.
Pedro Friedeberg calls himself the last of the Mexican Surrealists—and with good reason.
Along with Frida Kahlo, Friedeberg, who was born in 1936, was one of the only Mexican artists recognized by André Breton as a true Surrealist. (Breton was supposedly fascinated by Friedeberg’s famous “hand chair”.)
Now in his 80s, Friedeberg still dwells on the subject matter that has long fascinated him: baroque architecture, bizarre palatial constructions, and Escher-like passages. He melds these with influences as varied as Art Nouveau ornamentation and Op Art painting.
As a young man, Friedeberg trained as an architect, and the qualities of industrial drawings are readily evident in his work. But employed for the sake of imagination, these constructions come off as playful and delightfully useless.
The artist’s new exhibition, “Fifípolis,” now on view at MAIA Contemporary in Mexico City, depicts renderings of an imaginary development for the 21st century.
Encompassing painting, sculpture, and graphics, these latest creations are decadently cluttered with colors and symbols referencing ancient scriptures, Aztec Codices, Catholicism, Hinduism, and the occult. Altogether, they create the dizzying effect of an opulent shrine to urbanism.
See images from “Fifípolis” below.
“Pedro Friedeberg: Fifípolis” is on view at MAIA Contemporary in Mexico City through January 19, 2020.
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