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The philosophically and spiritually inspired works of Xul Solar, one of Argentina’s most important proponents of avant-garde art, are the focus of an exhibition to be shown for the first time in the United States at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Opening January 29, 2006, Xul Solar: Visions and Revelations features more than 90 paintings in oil, tempera, and watercolor, many of which have never before been exhibited, and includes Jefa (Patroness) (1923), newly acquired for the MFAH’s Latin American art collection. The paintings reflect Solar’s study of music, astrology, language and writing, and world religions, and are rendered in a unique style that incorporates flat backgrounds, geometrized figures, and image-word collages. The exhibition will be on view through April 16, 2006 in the museum’s Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street.
[…] As a young man, Solar (1887-1963), born Alejandro Schulz Solari, traveled to Europe where he lived and worked for more than a decade. Those years, 1912-1924, influenced the course of his career. He first encountered Cubism, German Expressionism, and Futurism in that time, and began his exploration of theosophy, all of which contributed to the development of his avant-garde painting style. His study of the occult led him to change his name to Xul Solar, an approximate anagram of lux solaris, meaning sunlight. Before he returned to his country, he had experimented with architectonic design, investigated language theory, and began incorporating words and images from many different cultures in his paintings, all subjects that he would return to throughout his career. Upon his return to Buenos Aires in 1924, he joined Jorge Luis Borges, his close friend and collaborator of many years, and other intellectuals in the avant-garde group Florida, which established the influential magazine Martín Fierro. In later years, Solar’s interest in musical notation, the zodiac, and tarot cards informed his work, adding further layers of meaning.
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