Gunther Gerzso

A Mexican Master
Jun 25, 2015–Jan 3, 2016

Gunther Gerzso, Southern Queen, 1963. Oil paint on Masonite. Courtesy of Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, New York. © John Michael Gerzso

Gunther Gerzso. Green-Blue-Red (Verde-azul-rojo), 1973. Oil paint on Masonite. In the private collection of John M. Fox and Sandra Allen. © John Michael Gerzso


Closed: June 25, 2015–Jan 3, 2016
North Building - Level 2

In partnership with Museo de las Americas, we celebrate the Mexican modernist master Gunther Gerzso (1915−2000). The exhibition highlights some of the artist's extraordinary paintings from 1960−1981.

Drawing inspiration from art history as well as from the Mexican landscape, and using old-master techniques, Gunther Gerzso transformed the materials of the painter—“a piece of cloth and a little earth combined with enamel and oil”— into powerful expressions of emotion. He called his paintings “landscapes of the spirit” to emphasize that they were expressions of the forces inherent in his homeland’s terrain as well as of the spiritual value he held for the varied topographies of Mexico and its pre-Columbian history.

In conjunction with the exhibition at the DAM, the Museo de las Americas exhibited a rich selection of his works on paper through September 18, 2015.

Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master is organized by Museo de las Americas in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum and Biennial of the Americas. It is presented with generous support from the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

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    The DAM & Museo de las Americas Present a Mexican Master

    The Denver Art Museum is thrilled to be partnering with the Museo de las Americas to present an illuminating exhibition of Gunther Gerzso's work this summer. Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master opens at the DAM and the Museo on June 25. The DAM will showcase some of his paintings and the Museo will feature 28 works on paper, four sculptures, and two books celebrating the artist’s career. More