Negocios / The lifestyle Briefs
Mexican Art to travel the world

Mexico's cultural representations around the world will shortly be renamed Octavio Paz institutes after this acclaimed Mexican author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.

The proposal, put forward by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), will apply to representations in the US (Miami, San Antonio, Washington, Los Angeles and New York), Costa Rica (San José) and Spain (Madrid).

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Octavio Paz and the decision to rename these institutions is part of an SRE policy to take Mexican art on an international tour.

Preference will be given to artists with projects of a high standard and that transmit social messages congruent with the cultural policies of the host countries. For example, artists like Betsabeé Romero will be designing a contemporary Day of the Dead altar for Denmark.

Mexican art to travel the world

Four Mexican projects from different parts of the country received awards at the 9th Latin American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (BIAU) and another 26 Latin American projects were selected.

The "House of Ideas" library, the San Pablo Academic and Cultural Center, the Alfonso Reyes residential building and La Tallera Siqueiros art studio all took home accolades.

Located in Tijuana, Baja California, the "House of Ideas" library by CROStudio is built along a canal that crosses the Camino Verde district and has an innovative design spread over platforms that open up onto interior and exterior landscapes. In Oaxaca, Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha made aesthetic and structural modifications to the San Pablo Academic and Cultural Center, a group of colonial buildings owned by the Alfredo Harp-Helú Foundation.Meanwhile, at La Tallera Siqueiros in Cuernavaca, Morelos, a team spearheaded by the architect Frida Escobedo opened up the courtyard of the artist's studio and rotated a series of murals so they could be seen from an adjacent square. Last, but by no means least, Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi were presented with an award for the design of the Alfonso Reyes residential building in the Condesa district of Mexico City.

An initiative of the Spanish government in collaboration with various Latin American institutions, BIAU has consolidated itself as a window onto the future of architecture and urbanism.

London wraps up in mexican shawls

Made in Mexico. The Rebozo in Art, Culture and Fashion features a total of 75 traditional Mexican shawls, or rebozos, from private and state owned collections. Hosting the exhibition is London's Fashion and Textile Museum, which, incidentally, was designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.

The face of the exhibition is the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), who made the rebozo famous in the 20th Century, although some of the shawls on loan date from as far back as the 18th Century.

In London, 92-year-old Lady Irene (Everts) Lojan, daughter of the Belgian diplomat Robert Everts (1875-1942), was able to admire the collection her father started in the 20th Century, including the 18 rebozos her family donated to the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City several years ago.

Traditional and modern, made of silk and cotton, the rebozos on exhibit include four belonging to the Legorreta family, three owned by the Mexican-American singer songwriter Lila Downs and a giant nine-meter-long rebozo called "aroma of mourning", which forms part of an installation by the artist Mauricio Cervantes.

Mexican flautist wins indie award

Mexican flautist and composer Alejandro Escuer was the unanimous winner of an Independent Music Award in the Best Contemporary Classical Music Album category.

The album, Alejandro Escuer Flying: Música para flauta y electrónica, produced in 2012 by Cero Records and the Mexican Center for Music and the Sound Arts, features tracks by Escuer and composers like Rodrigo Sigal (Mexico), Matthew Adkins (England), Gabriela Ortiz (Mexico) and Michael Matthews (Canada), among others.

Produced by Music Resource Group, every year the Independent Music Awards program receives hundreds of submissions from musicians from all over the world.

The aim of the program is to promote and honor talent that contributes to the progress of music, based on content, innovation and impact, with winners being chosen by 40 judges from the international film and television scene and music critics like Ann and Nancy Wilson, Suzanne Vega, Arturo Sandoval and Laurie Anderson.

Other awards Escuer has won include the 2010-2013 Career Scenic Creators Award, the Rockefeller Foundation Award, the Fulbright- García Robles Scholarship and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Arts Award and Scholarship.

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