Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City brings to San Diego highlights from one of Mexico’s foremost museums of modern and contemporary art. In 1981, Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) opened the doors of his eponymous museum, to which the Mexican artist donated both his own paintings and his collection of late-modernist and contemporary art. Tamayo built his collection of works by both Mexican artists and those in Europe and the United States with the goal of founding a museum that would promote the artists of his native country and bring Mexico City into a dialogue with the international art community.
Treasures of the Tamayo marks a partnership between two like-minded institutions, which brings to view works never before seen in San Diego. The exhibition presents paintings by Rufino Tamayo himself, objects from the Mexican artist’s collection, and works by contemporary artists the Tamayo Museum has acquired since his death. The selection on view represents the distinct diversity of the Tamayo Museum’s collection, with artists working in Europe, the United States, and Latin America—from Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko to Larry Rivers, and Roberto Matta to Francisco Toledo, among others. The collection’s strength in contemporary art is represented with works by artists such as Gabriel Orozco, Francis Alÿs, and Liliana Porter.
Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with generous lead underwriting support provided by Carolyn Farris. Additional funding has been received from David Guss, Faye Hunter, and proceeds from the 2014 Art Auction. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.