The Jalisco artist known simply as Rivelino is unveiling a statue in Guadalajara that has previously graced, no less, London’s iconic Trafalger Square.
The 43-year-old from San Jose de Gracia in the Los Altos region of the state will present his work “Tu” (You) on Saturday, November 11, noon in the main patio of the Instituto Cabañas.
The 25-ton sculpture is made from bronze and coated in white paint and shows two index fingers pointing toward each other in an assertive statement that the artist says is about equality. The work traveled to London in October 2015 as part of the Dual Year of United Kingdom and Mexico.
The Guadalajara showing of “Tu” is part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Cabañas as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Oddly, this is first time that Rivelino, a feted artist in Mexico, has exhibited in the state of his birth. He has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions and 35 solo shows both in Mexico and abroad. He gained international acclaim with Nuestros Silencios (Our Silences), a monumental sculptural installation which toured in nine European cities, and in 2010, exhibited at the Mexican Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.