Where else between the wars would you have found the
novelist D.H. Lawrence, the film director Sergei Eisenstein, the
photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the “pope” of Surrealism
Andre Breton, plus Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky?
In the 1920s and ’30s, Mexico was a destination of great
allure. It was, like Russia, a revolutionary country — emerging
from a bloody, decade-long civil war which, viewed from the
outside, seemed rather glamorous. Mexico was also the home of
ancient and mysterious cultures, land of the Aztecs and Mayans,
the Olmecs and the Toltecs.
Add to that low living costs, and it’s no surprise that so
many were tempted to make the trip. As a result, the show has a