by the El Reportero’s wire services
PARIS – Mexico in the Louvre is the title of an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the 17th and 18th centuries who first presented to the French public at the Paris museum, the most visited in the world.
A wooden statue of San Felipe de Jesus, belonging to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico, opens the exhibition of works from the majority of the church of Santo Domingo, Mexico City and Puebla.
“The objective is to present a compilation of the best Mexican art of these centuries, unknown here”, said Guillaume Kientz, one of the curators of the exhibition.
In statements to Prensa Latina, Kientz stressed the importance of including those pieces along with the permanent collections of the Louvre, which every year receives about nine million visitors.
Among the oils that can be seen include The Lactaction of Santo Domingo and other paintings by Cristóbal Villalpando, one of Mexico’s most prominent painters of the late seventeenth century.
“Villapaldo’s work has a strong presence in this sample, as well as Jose Suarez’s, which is a bit previous generation and is a painter with a very personel style”, said Jonathan Brown, curator exposure.
Althoug the Mexican art of the Barroque era was influend by Flamenco, Seville and even Italian culture, has its own identity”, agreed the organizers of the exhibition will remain open until June.
Cándida Gómez, director of Cultural Development National Bank of Mexico, explained that the painting exhibited here were selected from more than 100 works.
We wished to bring a broader collection, but I think these pieces give an idea of the most important moments of the second half of the seventeenth century and the first and second century, he added.
Carlos Vives in closure ceremony of San Jose, 2013
SAN JOSE – Colombian singer Carlos Vives will perform at the closing of the 10th Central American Games San Jose 2013, informed the organizers today.
Vives, who used to sing that he played soccer with Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama in Barranquilla, confirms that he cares both sport and music, particularly his famous vallenato.
Johnny Araya, Mayor of San Jose and president of the Organizing Committee of the Games, said the closure will be “a tribute to the youth”, with several shows and Vives concert.
The program includes the musicians Son de Tikizia, Ligia Torijano and her group, José Pablo Vargas, and extreme sports athletes such as BMX bicycle acrobats.
The regional sports event meets about 2.700 competitors from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and Panama, and the host country, Costa Rica.