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Mexican prints depict freedom struggles

PRINTS by three generations of Mexican artists, largely depicting Mexico's conflicts and struggles for freedom, are on exhibit at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art.

The show, which runs through February 28, features 52 prints on loan from museums and various art institutes and other organizations in Mexico. It is one of the exhibitions marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico.

The prints, many of them propaganda art, celebrate anti-colonial struggles and wars in the name of freedom and independence.

For three centuries Mexico was a Spanish colony and during that time its indigenous population fell by more than half. After a protracted struggle, Mexico declared its independence from Spain in 1810.

Since that time, Mexico has gone through the War for Independence, the Mexican American War, the French Intervention, the bloody and repressive rule of dictator Porfirio Diaz, who also brought economic growth and stability, and the Mexican Revolution.

Wars and political conflicts are vividly depicted and there were no taboo subjects for the Mexican artists.

Date: Through February 28 (closed on Mondays), 10am-4pm

Address: 27 Duolun Rd


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