- 02.10.2022
Organized by
Cerralbo Museum and PHotoESPAÑA
Reinhard Schultz and María de las Nieves Rodríguez Méndez in collaboration with Remedios Regalado Nogales
In collaboration with:
Galerie Bilderwelt and Archivio Tina Modotti. Bonfero


Cerralbo Museum
Ventura Rodriguez, 17 28008 Madrid

Mar-sáb / Tue-Sat:
09.30 – 15.00 h
Jue / Thu:
17.00 – 20.00 h
Dom; fest / Sun; Hol:
10.00 – 15.00 h

Admission free

METRO: Ventura Rodríguez, Plaza de España
CERCANIAS: Príncipe Pío
BICIMAD: Stations 13, 14, 115, 116A, 116B

T: + 34 915 473 646
Tina Modotti

A journey, through 120 images, through the biography and work of one of the great women of photography of the last century, Tina Modotti.

With a very brief career as a photographer, the Italian was able to create an aesthetic of great forcefulness, also becoming one of the main reporters of one of the most convulsive periods in the history of Mexico, the country in which she lived and in which she died. .

Tina Modotti was born in Italy (Udine, 1896) and died in Mexico 46 years later. This exceptional woman was an immigrant in the United States, Hollywood actress, photographer, revolutionary, communist militant, political refugee and member of the International Red Aid. From a very young age, she assumed the role of a woman in opposition to the social imaginary imposed at the time. And in the short time that her rich existence lasted, she sought beauty through photography, and she worked for social justice through political militancy.

She left Udine at the age of 16, following her father and sister to San Francisco, where she met photographer Edward Weston, who was already a renowned artist. She began as his model and soon this link led to a sentimental relationship. This relationship undoubtedly had great relevance on an artistic level, since it gave rise to one of the most interesting collaborations in XNUMXth-century photography. But her encounter with Mexico was the event that marked her life, because with this country Modotti made a mirror, identifying herself socially, politically and culturally.

She developed all her photographic work between 1923 and 1930, years in which she lived in Mexico. Despite this short period of time, the quality of her work is comparable to that which many reach after a lifetime. Her aesthetic had a decisive impact on the panorama of Mexican photography, in the same way that the painting of Diego Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros influenced her own. Modotti produced her work in the most relevant political and artistic context of the first half of the XNUMXth century, a fact that conditioned her production and her way of perceiving the world, since she immersed herself in the nationalist avant-garde, a current that was not satisfied with the nineteenth-century representation.

Her photographic work is a paradigm of the fusion between Mexican revolutionary culture and avant-garde photographic aesthetics. To this she added the ideals of equality proposed by socialism and her feeling and capacity as a socially committed subject, which brought "meaning" to her life.