At the Mudec, a Close Encounter with Tina Modotti

At the Mudec, a Close Encounter with Tina Modotti
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It is hard to resist the charm of Tina Modotti. Both Picasso and Neruda knew it, dedicating homages full of emotion to her. So did the Mexican muralists for whom Tina posed without reserve. Her beauty would have easily conquered Hollywood, but after her first successes on set, she decided on another path - that of photography, social and political commitment and, above all, liberty which, in the dark years of dictatorship, pushed her to wander from the United States to Mexico, from Germany to the Soviet Union and to Spain, without ever seeing her home in Udine again. Today, Tina Modotti is a myth - this is easily confirmed by the buzz surrounding the grand exhibition which was recently inaugurated at the Mudec, delayed by a year because of the pandemia. One-hundred black-and-white photos retrace her brief and adventurous existence, her extraordinary talent as a photographer, her free spirit, her non-conformism, her coherence, generous energy and her breath-taking beauty which she bore with total nonchalance. Next to the original salt print photos which, in the United States in the ‘70s, brought about Tina’s rediscovery, are letters and documents saved by her sister Jolanda and an intense video-portrait, for a close encounter with a woman who made history.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano