In the area of artistic and cultural expression, Mexico is one of richest countries in the world. The Art Collection attests to the country's incomparable artistic wealth expressed through the voices of creators and their works. The series considers the artistic production that has moved the hearts of Mexican people since time immemorial: literature, represented by great national writers; fine arts from the second half o the twentieth century; dance, shown through the spectacle of the contemporary folkloric ballet; Mexican cinema, represented by the silver screen's great faces and directors, offering a look at the eras that have characterized the seventh art in Mexico for more than sixty years. This same collection also includes a look at Mexican classical and popular music, in which composers, styles, international influences and new ideas converge over the course of the twentieth century. Similarly, the collection includes coverage of Mexican architecture from the last one hundred years, a reflection of a country that strives to reach modernity.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Mexico would be governed by General Porfirio Díaz, whose presence power would not conclude until the outbreak of the armed political and social movement known as the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Throughout this conflict, diverse and oftentimes antagonistic revolutionary factions would arise, with ideals and objectives represented by different political and military bosses, some of who ultimately became governors of the nation. The series Biography of Power combines the history and personal life of important figures from this time period, including Díaz himself, as well as the presidents Francisco I. Madero, Venustiano Carranza, Álvaro Obregón up through the post-revolutionary governments of Plutarco Elías Calles and the achievements and legends of the great local bosses Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. Without a doubt, this series provides an understanding of a fascinating period of rebellion and struggle that was simultaneously one of transcendental achievements that contributed to the formation of the Mexico of our times.
In Mexico there are great scientists and technicians whose investigations and projects help us to understand, explain and engage with the world that surrounds us. Just as in other countries, this scientific work is a valuable activity not only because of its ability to create new scientific knowledge but also because it contributes to the country's technological and economic development. This collection shows us the work of Mexican scientists who are currently studying different physical, chemical or biological phenomena, all of which share a single origin: life.
This series focuses its gaze on the thousands of immigrants who arrived here over the past two centuries, analyzing the major role these communities have played in the configuration of contemporary Mexican society. The series Foreign Communities in Mexico, which presents some twenty-odd groups of immigrants, highlights the diversity of their origins, professions, and trades as well as their cultural and family-based practices.
These documentaries on popular culture invite us to reflect on the continued fascination with old traditions strong influences which still hold sway in the Mexico of our times. In this sense, it provides a walk through the leading old open-air markets that are still prevalent in Mexico City, taking us back to pre-Hispanic and colonial times, the antecedents of the commercialization of products in the big city. In other areas, the collection includes some popular spectacles that are inseparable from Mexican life, such as the theater, the circus and sports, including a look at the arts of Mexican cowboys or charros and a study of football that centers on stadiums, the sports imposing headquarters.