Olga Costa

Dialogues with Mexican Modernism



ISBN: 9783777440774 Category:


In her elective home country of Mexico, the artist Olga Costa (1913-1993), a native of Leipzig, has long been established as an important female voice of Mexican Modernism. This volume presents impressively her autonomous artistic work between Mexican and European Modernism, and follows the traces of her life from Germany out into the world and back again.

As the daughter of a Jewish-Ukrainian musician, the autodidact Olga Costa emigrated to Mexico in the 1920s, where she explored her new surroundings in her painting. Throughout her life she was not only inspired by people’s everyday lives and the intensive colours of the landscape, but also by the dialogue with other artistic positions. It was not least Costa’s examination of questions of cultural identity and feminism as well as her broad cultural-political commitment that made her one of the most important women artists in the circle surrounding Frida Kahlo.

Additional information

Weight 1188 g
Dimensions 23.8 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 2 May 2023
Number of pages 200
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Sabine Hoffmann and Stefan Weppelmann, Contributions by B. Caro Cocotle, D. Comisarenco Mirkin, D. Garza Usabiaga, A. Rager, and A. López Rodríguez
Dimensions 23.8 x 27.6 cm
Weight 1188 g


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Stefan Weppelmann has been the director of the Museum der bildenden Kunste in Leipzig since 2021.

Sabine Hoffmann is Researcher in the Director's Office of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig.