Exhibition at the MAM traces the path of García Márquez towards the literary summit

Arrives in Mexico, finally, Gabriel García Márquez: The creation of a global writer, exhibition that brings together nearly 300 objects, including numerous unpublished documents, belonging to the archive of the Colombian writer, protected by the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin. It will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) starting tomorrow with a new museography and more material.

It will be part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Literature to the author of 10 novels, as well as short stories, non-fiction narrative and journalistic articles. The show debuted at the Harry Ransom Center on February 1, 2020, and, according to the institution’s website, it should have opened at the MAM in the fall of that same year. Due to the pandemic and the closure of cultural venues, the exhibition remained at the University of Texas until January 2, 2022. Now it arrives in Mexico.

The exhibition examines how García Márquez (1927-2014) achieved international success shortly after the publication of his 1967 novel, One hundred years of solitude that so far has been translated into more than 45 languages ​​and whose worldwide sales are close to 50 million copies.

For the curator of the original exhibition, Álvaro Santana-Acuña, García Márquez is a global writer because “every year his stories continue to enter the lives of millions of readers around the world. Generation after generation, readers find in his works characters, situations, events, feelings and memories that have meaning for them”.

author of Ascension to Glory: How to One hundred years of solitude was written and became a global classic, Santana-Acuña has pointed out that García Márquez’s writings have attracted all kinds of readers, including former US President Bill Clinton.

praise and criticism

According to the academic, what makes the Colombian’s novel so famous is that it not only has millions of admirers around the world, but also many critics: “The classics are classics because they are the favorite target of critics, too, Y One hundred years of solitude continues to receive both praise and criticism.”

In 2014 the Harry Ransom Center acquired García Márquez’s personal archive, which includes original manuscripts for 10 books, from One hundred years of solitude until Love in the time of cholera (1985) and Memories of my sad whores (2004), more than 2,000 pieces of correspondence, drafts for his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, more than 40 photo albums documenting every aspect of his life over nearly nine decades, typewriters and computers he worked on, as well as memorabilia albums documenting his career through clippings from around the world. The objects show how the author became a literary icon.

The exhibition tells the way in which García Márquez made his wonderful stories reach the public. In the first venue of the exhibition, the influence of writers such as William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Julio Cortázar and James Joyce on the Colombian’s work became evident, since manuscripts of some of his famous works were also exhibited along with the by Garcia Marquez.

Since the García Márquez archive was opened for research in 2015, it has become one of the Harry Ransom Center’s most frequently circulated collections. In 2017, the institution published more than 27,000 images of manuscripts and photographs from the collection, in order to create the García Márquez online archive.

The exhibition Gabriel García Márquez: The creation of a global writer opens tomorrow to the public from 12 noon, and will remain until October 2 at the MAM (Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi, Bosque de Chapultepec).

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Exhibition at the MAM traces the path of García Márquez towards the literary summit