At the moment, it seems as though figurative painting were undergoing a revival worldwide. The exhibition The Return of the Giants - German Painting from 1975-1985, which is currently being shown in the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City on its Latin American tour, was already a huge public success at its first station in Monterrey. What makes German painting from the nineteen-eighties so popular in Latin America? We asked the Brazilian curator and art critic Ivo Mesquita about the relationship between Latin American artists and German painting from the seventies and eighties.
Giants and Alchemists: It wasn't only "Heftige Malerei" that experienced a breakthrough worldwide in the early eighties; the neo-expressive paintings of the Italian Transavanguardia aroused international attention and were presented together with the German "Wilden." Maria Morais has taken the Mexico City exhibition as an opportunity to have a closer look at the magical symbols and fantastic scenes of the Transavanguardia and introduces examples from the collection of the Deutsche Bank.