Chicago

Remedios Varo

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

The idiosyncratic and evocative work of Remedios Varo (1908-63) constitutes a superb but little-recognized episode in the history of Surrealism. This exhibition of seventy paintings and drawings, organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC (Chicago was its second and final stop), was Varo’s first US retrospective; her long-standing neglect in this country is hard to understand, considering the visual and conceptual elegance and historical relevance of her work. Born and trained in Spain, Varo (with her companion Benjamin Péret) was a member of André Breton’s Surreahst circle in Paris in the late ’30s. Swept up in the European diaspora at the beginning of World War II, Varo and Péret fled to Mexico, where she remained for the rest of her life at the center of an émigré community that remained distinct from Rivera’s and Kahlo’s indigenista school of Mexican

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