When the British Museum wanted to produce a programme of the upcoming Revolution on Paper exhibition they approached Calverts. The brief – to achieve a critical colour match on the cover image, an original Diego Rivera print from 1932 and with a mix of pre-press wizardry, unbleached recycled paper + a bit of old-fashioned press passing we got finally got there. Or rather we will do, it’s still whizzing through the press at 10,000 sheets an hour.
Mexican printmaking flourished in the early part of the twentieth century, following the country’s first socialist revolution. The strong left-wing government which emerged emphasised art as a way of promoting revolutionary values which led to a pioneering programme to cover the walls of public buildings with vast murals, and later to setting up print workshops to produce works for mass distribution and education.
The British Museum’s Revolution on Paper exhibition will be the first in Europe focusing on the great age of Mexican printmaking in the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition runs from 22 October – 5 April 2010. Admission free.