Celebrating 100 year anniversary of the birth of Guillermo Grajeda Mena
The University of San Carlos of Guatemala museum is pleased to participate in activities that celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of one of the most recognized Guatemalan artists, Guillermo Grajeda Mena. This commemorative exhibition is accompanied by a series of other activities in collaboration with additional cultural venues in recognition Mena’s artistic legacy.
Grajeda Mena (1918-1995) belonged to the Generation of 40, which brought together plastic artists, musicians and intellectuals and elevated the prestige of Guatemalan arts.
His legacy of sketches, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and murals reflects inspiration from and emphasis on the Maya. One of his most famous works is the imposing mural adorning the west wing of the Municipality of Guatemala, made in 1957.
Grajeda Mena, who was a professor at University of San Carlos, studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts, where he was a disciple of Rafael Yela Gunther and Julio Urruela. He also studied bronze casting and direct carving at the School of Applied Arts in Santiago, Chile.
The exhibition “Mena in Art” contains 100 works, symbolizing the 100 years since his birth and 100 moments of the teacher’s life.
The commemorative exhibition is accompanied by a series of activities organized by other cultural and artistic institutions to recognize the value and quality of Mena’s enduring legacy.
“Mena in Art” opens on June 1 and continues through Aug. 6.
Museum of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (MUSAC)
9a av. 9-79, z. 1, Guatemala City.