• Rometti Costales, Antonin Atónito, 2015, andesite on ink-jet print, 17 1/2 × 11 5/8 × 3 3/8". From “Artaud 1936.”

    “Artaud 1936”

    Museo Tamayo
    Paseo de la Reforma No. 51
    February 8–May 20, 2018

    Curated by Manuel Cirauqui

    “I came to Mexico to look for a new idea of man,” wrote Antonin Artaud in the summer of 1936, a few months into his year-and-a-half-long sojourn in the Americas. Financially strapped and strung out, the poète maudit had arrived from Paris on a grant; while in the country, he wrote prolifically, gave lectures, and lived for a time in the mountains with the Tarahumara, witnessing their rituals and experimenting with peyote. As was the case for so much of his short life, Artaud’s time in Mexico was framed by his search for ecstatic authenticity and revolutionary potentiality. His travels there had a profound effect on him, just as his work had a dramatic impact on those who came after him. “Artaud 1936” will explore the artist’s legacy through a wide-ranging selection of works—not only by Artaud, but also by his peers and by artists from later generations. Artifacts from the pre-Hispanic period will provide a complementary sampling of Artaud’s inspirations, and a catalogue will feature texts by scholars, artists, and poets.