Tina Modotti
Italian photographer, model and actor
Tina Modotti
Tina Modotti was an Italian photographer, model, actress, and revolutionary political activist.
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De amor y de guerra - Página 12
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Hay en el recorrido literario de Elena Poniatowska un rescate de las historias de mujeres aguerridas, figuras reconocidas como la misma Leonora o la fotógrafa italiana Tina Modotti, como también de mujeres anónimas. El caso de la lavandera Josefina
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Del mural a los platos: El arte culinario de Diego Rivera - La Opinión
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Detalle del platillo "Manchamanteles", que el muralista y su esposa Frida Kahlo servían en su casa a personalidades como León Trotsky, André Breton, Juan O´Gorman y Tina Modotti, entre otros. EFE/Mario Guzmán México (EFE).- En la casa del muralista
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12° Biennale ad Istanbul: “senza titolo” (untitled) - FocusMO
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Solo pochi nomi sono spuntati fuori, come Pape, Mona Hatoum, Simon Evans, Ernesto Neto, Martha Rosler, Tina Modotti e Abraham Cruz Villegas, pero nella maggioranza delle opere nelle sale non c'è il nome dell' autore. La 12 ° Biennale di Istanbul prende
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Friuli Doc 2011: Le Mostre dal 12 al 18 settembre - Udine20
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Orario prolungato anche alla Galleria fotografica “Tina Modotti” (ex mercato del pesce) dove è visitabile la mostra “Frank Horovat. No Repeat, 1945-2010”. Il bellissimo edificio liberty del centro storico sarà aperto venerdì 16 con orario prolungato
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Philosophers set in stone: Steve Pyke's piercing portraits - The Guardian
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... the enticing title for an exhibition of vintage, anonymous, vernacular and spirit photography by a disparate collection of artists, living and dead, that includes JH Engstrom, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Walker Evans, Tina Modotti and Arthur Conan Doyle
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Exhiben el legado artístico de Rosa Rolanda, la “americana enamorada de México” - La Jornada de Oriente
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Rosa Rolanda (1898–1970) no sólo fue una mujer inteligente y talentosa, amiga íntima de Dolores del Río y Frida Kahlo, que recibió su primera cámara fotográfica de manos de Edward Weston y Tina Modotti, “sino una artista que a través de su historia
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Great artists take a turn for the verse - Sydney Morning Herald
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Fire Season, written in Australia, pays tribute to great American artists such as James Whistler and photographer Tina Modotti. But after four years in the US, Middleton began to long for - and write about - home. Her most recent work celebrates the
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Preparan calendario que evidencia compromiso social de Tina Modotti - Terra.com
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Una colección de imágenes que muestran la vocación testimonial y de marcado compromiso social de la fotógrafa italiana Tina Modotti, será lanzada en un calendario que una editorial latinoamericana prepara para recordar a la artista en 2012
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Rescatan obra de Francisco Díaz de León, pintor y fotógrafo poco conocido ... - La Crónica de Hoy
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Grabador de excelente calidad, ilustrador, coleccionista, promotor de arte, pionero del diseño editorial, escritor de breves relatos y, sobre todo, un fotógrafo inédito que podría ser comparado con Manuel Álvarez Bravo y Tina Modotti, son algunas de
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Rendirán homenaje a la pintora Leonora Carrington con la coreografía Limbos - La Crónica de Hoy
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La bailarina Cinthia Barrios, de Tándem, dijo que la directora de la compañía, Leticia Alvarado, siempre se inspira en grandes personalidades para crear sus obras, como Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo o Miguel Ángel. “Es un homenaje a la artista Leonora
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Frida e Diego, la niña e il rospo «Più mi tradisci, più io ti amo» - Corriere della Sera
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Ma cominciò ad avere anche lei altri amori - tra gli altri, lo scultore Isamu Noguchi, Lev Trotsky, Tina Modotti, il fotografo Nickolas Muray. Intanto stava diventando una pittrice famosa. Nel 1938 André Breton le stava organizzando una mostra a Parigi
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El orgullo que me llamaran maestra - Radio Rebelde
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Se avivan los recuerdos de quien es hoy la Directora de la Biblioteca Tina Modotti, de La Habana del Este, al evocar los tres lugares de los campos cubanos donde llevó la luz del saber a los campesinos olvidados a su mala suerte por anteriores
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Birkaç adımda yaz meseleleri - Sabah
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Tina Modotti ve Letizia Battaglia. Modotti'yi sinefiller ünlü sessiz film 1920 tarihli The Tiger's Coat filminden tanıyacaklardır 16 yaşında İtalya'dan Amerika'ya göç eden Modotti'nin hayatı da bir filmi aratmıyor. Los Angeles'da ünlü fotoğrafçı Edward
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Guido Crepax y 'Valentina', protagonistas de lujo - Qué.es
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La exposición sobre esta emblemática mujer de papel y su célebre creador fue comisariada para la Semana Negra por Ángel de la Calle, teórico del cómic, diseñador y dibujante, autor de la aclamada novela gráfica 'Tina Modotti. Una mujer del siglo XX'
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“Quiero persuadir a una persona o al gobierno para salvar el cine Ópera” - El Universal.mx
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¿El plan de hacer una ópera sobre Tina Modotti ha avanzado o sigue en un cajón? No he avanzado porque es un tema demasiado grande. La historia de Tina es perfecta para la ópera; si la hago y digo que todo es verdad, la gente pensará que no es cierto
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    FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 45
    In 1942, at the age of 45, Modotti died from heart failure while on her way home in a taxi from a dinner at Pablo Neruda's home in Mexico City, under what is viewed by some as suspicious circumstances.
    More Details Hide Details After hearing about her death, Diego Rivera suggested that Vidali had orchestrated it. Modotti may have 'known too much' about Vidali's activities in Spain, which included a rumoured 400 executions. An autopsy showed that she died of natural causes, namely congestive heart failure. Her grave is located within the vast Panteón de Dolores in Mexico City. Poet Pablo Neruda composed Modotti's epitaph, part of which can also be found on her tombstone, which also includes a relief portrait of Modotti by engraver Leopoldo Méndez: In 1996 the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized a large scale retrospective dedicated to the artist, entitled Tina Modotti: Photographs. Martha Chahroudi, the museum's curator of photography, organized the exhibit. In order to raise funds for the show, the singer Madonna auctioned off her 1963 Mercedes-Benz. Madonna has become a major collector of Modotti's work. In 2006, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized an exhibition entitled Mexico as Muse: Tina Modotti and Edward Weston.
  • 1939
    Age 42
    In 1939, following the collapse of the Republican movement in Spain, Modotti left Spain with Vidali and returned to Mexico under a pseudonym.
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  • 1937
    Age 40
    She worked with Canadian Dr. Norman Bethune during the disastrous retreat from Málaga in 1937.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1936
    Age 39
    During the next few years she engaged in various missions on behalf of the Workers International Relief organizations as a Komintern agent in Europe. When the Spanish Civil War erupted in 1936, Vidali (then known as "Comandante Carlos") and Modotti (using the pseudonym "Maria") left Moscow for Spain, where they stayed and worked until 1939.
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  • 1931
    Age 34
    After 1931, Modotti no longer photographed.
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    In response to the deteriorating political situation in Germany and her own exhausted resources, however, she followed the advice of Vittorio Vidali and moved to Moscow in 1931.
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  • 1930
    Age 33
    As a result of the anti-communist campaign by the Mexican government, Modotti was exiled from Mexico in 1930.
    More Details Hide Details She first spent several months in Berlin, Germany followed by several years in Moscow, Russia. Traveling on a restricted visa that mandated her final destination as Italy, Modotti initially stopped in Berlin and from there visited Switzerland. The Italian government made concerted efforts to extradite her as a subversive national, but with the assistance of International Red Aid activists, she evaded detention by the fascist police. She apparently intended to make her way into Italy and to join the anti-fascist resistance there.
  • 1929
    Age 32
    In 1929, Julio Antonio Mella was assassinated while walking in the street with Modotti from the offices of Red Aid.
    More Details Hide Details Modotti was immediately arrested but later released and cleared of his murder. Shortly thereafter an attempt was made on the Mexican President Pascual Ortiz Rubio. Modotti — who was a target of both the Mexican and Italian political police — was questioned about both crimes amidst a concerted anti-communist, anti-immigrant press campaign, that depicted "the fierce and bloody Tina Modotti" as the perpetrator (a Catholic zealot, Daniel Luis Flores, was later charged with shooting Rubio. José Magriñat was arrested for Mella's murder).
  • 1928
    Age 31
    Guerrero was sent to Moscow, Russia for a year to take part in political party training, and by 1928 Modotti had met and began a relationship with the exiled Cuban activist Julio Antonio Mella.
    More Details Hide Details During this same period, economic and political contradictions within Mexico and indeed much of Central and South America were intensifying and this included increased repression of political dissidents.
  • 1927
    Age 30
    In 1927, Modotti began a relationship with Xavier Guerrero, who was a member of the Communist party.
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    Starting in 1927, a much more politically active Modotti (she joined the Mexican Communist Party that year) found her focus shifting and more of her work becoming politically motivated.
    More Details Hide Details Around that period, her photographs began appearing in publications such as Mexican Folkways, Forma, and the more radically motivated El Machete, the German Communist party's Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung (AIZ), and New Masses. Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo divided Modotti’s career as a photographer into two distinct categories: "Romantic" and "Revolutionary", with the former period including her time spent as Weston’s darkroom assistant, office manager and, finally, creative partner. Her later works were the focus of her one-woman retrospective exhibition at the National Library in December 1929, which was advertised as "The First Revolutionary Photographic Exhibition In Mexico".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1925
    Age 28
    In 1925, Modotti also joined International Red Aid, a Communist organization.
    More Details Hide Details In November 1926, Weston left Mexico and returned to living in California. It was also during this time that Modotti met several political radicals and Communists, including three Mexican Communist Party leaders who would all eventually become romantically linked with Modotti: Xavier Guerrero, Julio Antonio Mella, and Vittorio Vidali.
  • 1924
    Age 27
    Between 1924-1928, Modotti took hundreds of photographs of Rivera's murals at the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico City.
    More Details Hide Details Modotti's visual vocabulary matured during this period, such as her formal experiments with architectural interiors, flowers, and urban landscapes, and especially in her many lyrical images of peasants and workers. In 1926 Modotti and Weston were commissioned by Anita Brenner to travel around Mexico and take photographs for what would become her influential book Idols Behind Altars. The relative contributions of Modotti and Weston to the project have been debated. Edward Weston's son, Brett Weston, who accompanied the two on the project, indicated that the photographs were taken by Edward Weston.
  • 1923
    Age 26
    In 1923, Modotti set sail for Mexico City with Weston and his son Chandler, leaving behind Weston's wife Flora and their youngest three children.
    More Details Hide Details She agreed to run Weston's studio free of charge in return for his mentoring her in photography. Together they opened a portrait studio in Mexico City. Modotti and Weston quickly gravitated toward the capital's bohemian scene, and used their connections to create an expanding portrait business. Together they found a community of cultural and political "avant-gardists", which included Frida Kahlo, Guadalupe Marín, Diego Rivera, and Jean Charlot. In general, Weston was moved by the landscape and folk art of Mexico to create abstract works, while Modotti was more captivated by the people of Mexico and blended this human interest with a modernist aesthetic. Modotti also became the photographer of choice for the blossoming Mexican mural movement, documenting the works of José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.
  • 1922
    Age 25
    She sustained a second loss with the death of her father which forced her return to San Francisco later in March 1922.
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    In March 1922, determined to see Robo's vision realized, she mounted a two-week exhibition of Robo's and Weston's work at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
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    While she was on her way to be with Robo, Modotti received word of his death from smallpox on February 9, 1922.
    More Details Hide Details Devastated, Modotti arrived two days after his death.
  • 1921
    Age 24
    By 1921, Modotti was Weston's lover.
    More Details Hide Details Ricardo Gómez Robelo became the head of Mexico's Ministry of Education's Fine Arts Department, and persuaded Robo to come to Mexico with a promise of a job and a studio. Robo left for Mexico in December 1921. Perhaps unaware of his affair with Modotti, Robo took with him prints of Weston, hoping to mount an exhibition of his and Weston's work in Mexico.
  • 1920
    Age 23
    Often playing the femme fatale, Modotti's movie career culminated in the 1920 film The Tiger's Coat.
    More Details Hide Details She had minor parts in two other films. The couple entered into a bohemian circle of friends. One of these fellow bohemians was Ricardo Gómez Robelo. Another was the photographer, Edward Weston. It is supposed that Modotti was introduced to photography as a young girl in Italy, where her uncle, Pietro Modotti, maintained a photography studio. Later in the U.S., her father briefly ran a similar studio in San Francisco. While in Los Angeles, she met the photographer Edward Weston and his creative partner Margrethe Mather. It was through her relationship with Edward Weston that Modotti developed as an important fine art photographer and documentarian.
  • 1918
    Age 21
    In 1918, Modotti began a romantic relationship with him and moved with him to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in the motion picture industry.
    More Details Hide Details Although the couple cohabitated and lived as a "married couple", they were not married.
  • 1917
    Age 20
    In 1917, she met Roubaix "Robo" de l'Abrie Richey.
    More Details Hide Details Originally a farm boy from Oregon named Ruby Ritchie, the artist and poet assumed the more bohemian name Roubaix.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 16
    Modotti was born Assunta Adelaide Luigia Modotti Mondini in Udine, Friuli, Italy. Her mother, Assunta, was a seamstress and her father, Giuseppe, was a mason. In 1913, at the age of 16, she immigrated to the United States to join her father in San Francisco, California.
    More Details Hide Details Attracted to the performing arts supported by the Italian émigré community in the San Francisco Bay Area, Modotti experimented with acting. She appeared in several plays, operas, and silent movies in the late 1910s and early 1920s, and also worked as an artist's model.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1896
    Born
    Born in 1896.
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