Just as the 31st Olympic Parade of Nations was getting underway in Rio de Janeiro on the night of Friday, Aug. 5, Brazilian Ambassador to Mexico Enio Cordeiro was launching an exhibit at the Brazilian-Mexican Cultural Center of works by Latin American artists related to the Mexico’s and Brazil’s respective hostings of the games.
The 29-piece exhibit, titled “El Arte Olímpico en Latinoamérica: México 68, Río 2016” (Olympic Art in Latin America: Mexico 68, Rio 2016), includes paintings, sculptures and photographs by Mexican, Brazilian, Venezuelan and Italian artists, and will remain on display through October.
While most of the images in the works involve the topics of sports and athletic achievement, several of the pieces display acts of violence.
“Both Mexico in 1968 and Brazil in 2016 have experienced a great deal of violence surrounding and leading up to their Olympic games,” said the exhibit’s curator Antonio Espinoza, right after a live broadcast of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony on a giant screen in the center’s auditorium.
“One of the objectives of this exhibit it to show how sports can help bring people together during times of social and political strife.”
Ambassador Cordeiro added that an additional exhibit of works by Mexican children showing their perception of the Olympics will soon be presented at the Brazilian-Mexican Cultural Center.
The Brazilian-Mexican Cultural Center is located at San Francisco 1220 in Insurgentes San Borja (tel: 5553-3183).
The exhibit is open to the public free of charge.