● The exhibition is made up of works by artists from the Cultural Promoters programme that are inspired by stories by the Czech writer, as well as installations created by the carpentry and upholstery workshops that present allegories of Metamorphosis and the exhibition of original copies of the Magazine of the Westin which the first Spanish translations of Franz Kafka were published

● An installation called “Insect Bed” was set up, as well as a gallery entitled “Kafkaesque Diversity” in which students from the painting workshop created works based on their interpretation of the works of the Czech author.

● The commemorative day at the Faro Azcapotzalco had the stellar presence of the actress and Radio UNAM announcer Margarita Castillo, who delighted the attendees with a reading aloud of two stories: “The silence of the sirens” and “An artist of hunger”; in addition, in terms of music, the writer was celebrated with the participation of the Mabarak Quartet, which performed musical pieces from his time by Mozart, Philip Glass, Dvorak, among others.

The Ministry of Culture of Mexico City paid tribute this Saturday at the Factory of Arts and Crafts (Faro) Azcapotzalco Xochicalli to the Czech writer Franz Kafka in the centenary of his death, with a day full of activities such as the Opening of the exhibition Kafka’s Transformationswhich included large-format illustrations in a gallery, the installation of an installation, the reading aloud of their stories by Margarita Castillo and the musical participation of Mubarak Quartetwhich are part of the activities with which the Capital City Culture Secretariat commemorated the centenary of the death of the renowned author and which are part of the 26th anniversary of the Mexico City Book Club program.

The ribbon cutting was led by Ricardo García, general director of the Community Cultural Linkage Coordination of the capital’s Ministry of Culture, who was accompanied by Eréndira Cruzvillegas, head of the Legal Affairs Unit of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, María del Carmen Castro Barrera, national coordinator of Cultural Heritage Conservation of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Clara Índira Guerra, director of Community Cultural Development of the capital’s Ministry of Culture; the person in charge of Faro Azcapotzalco, Xocoyotzin Vargas; and Irena Chytrá, an anthropologist and essayist of Czech origin who advised on this celebration.

This ceremony had an important symbolic charge when a ritual was performed in which the iconic door of Metamorphosiswhich the attendees crossed to enter the depths of Kafka. “Everything begins at this threshold, which is a very important symbol and has a lot of meaning, it will be a ritual for all of us. We want to see what is inside, the question is whether we dare to enter or are we really leaving,” said Bautista, who invited the public to live this experience that will be open to the public until September.

“These spaces are part of the struggle of many people and are important because they become oases. This work is very important,” said Eréndira Cruzvillegas in recognition of the Faro Azcapotzalco Xochicalli.

He also recalled and celebrated the recent adhesion of the Faros to the Network of Libraries of Mexico, which took place with the commemoration of the 26th anniversary of the “Libro Club of Mexico City” program, giving the gift of a book of Kafka aphorisms illustrated by the work of various visual artists to the Carlos Montemayor Librarywhich is part of Faro Azcapotzalco and currently houses the complete works of Kafka.

Irena Chytrá stressed the importance of building bridges between two cultures “and Kafka is a bridge par excellence. He is the author of Czech origin who has created the most literary bridges.”

Thus, after opening and crossing this door, the attendees entered a party for artistic creation that, in addition to celebrating Kafka, is a reminder of the permanence of art, a celebration in which actors transformed into the author and accompanied those who dared to take some of the workshops on Kafkaesque tattoos, masks, and engraving that teachers and students of Faro Azcapotzalco offered to the public of all ages.

They also visited “Kafka’s Transformations,” which is a graphic exhibition of artists from the program Cultural Promotersand they are large-format pieces placed in the stained glass windows of the main esplanade of the FARO made from the stories Report for an academy, Odradek, The Metamorphosis, Josefina the singer, The Vulture and The Castle, which were directed by Alan Del Moral, Monserrat Román, Jessica Gutiérrez and Martín Osnaya, with Mónica Krauss and Miguel Ángel Morales as art directors.

The installation was also set up “Insect Bed”led by the carpentry workshop teacher, Juan Gayosso, who worked alongside his students to make the work possible, and which represents allegories of The Metamorphosis.

Those who went deeper into the Faro found the “Kafkaesque Diversity” gallery, which also takes “The Metamorphosis” as its starting point and is made up of three artistic projects from the painting workshop taught by Victoria Moctezuma; the first invites us to get entangled in a spider web in which the body and sex are the main elements, in the second we can see the metamorphosis of identity, while in the third there are self-portraits inspired by the emergence of animality as a path towards inner metamorphosis.

Despite his Czech origin, Franz Kafka wrote his work in German, but the first translations into another language were into Spanish, so it is recorded that the Magazine of the Westdirected by the philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset, in 1925, which is why original copies of said magazine are exhibited in the Faro Azcapotzalco gallery, where “The Metamorphosis” and “The Hunger Artist” were published.

As part of the commemoration, the star presence of the actress and announcer of Radio UNAM was counted on Margarita Castillowho delighted the audience with a reading aloud of two stories: “The silence of the sirens” and “A hunger artist”; in addition, in terms of music, the writer was celebrated with the participation of Mabarak Quartetwho performed musical pieces from his time by musicians Mozart, Philip Glass, Dvorak, among others.

The commemoration of the centenary of Kafka’s death will continue in film clubs in various cultural venues in Mexico City, where a program was prepared around the writer, with selected films referring to his life and work, but also with Kafkaesque themes, such as Kafka, the hidden truthby Steven Soderberg; and Kafka’s The Trialby David Hugh Jones. This exhibition will be screened at the following film clubs: La Pirámide Cultural Center, Cinema Pirámide; Faro Aragón, Corregidora Film Club; Faro Azcapotzalco, Xochicalli Film Club; Faro Oriente, Alu Cine; Faro Miacatlán, Contrapunto Film Club; Faro Indios Verdes, FIV Film Club; FaroTláhuac, FARO Tláhuac Film Club.

Kafka’s transformations will be set up at the Faro Azcapotzalco Xochicalli until the end of September; this space is located on Avenida Cultura Norte s/n in the Unidad Habitacional El Rosario neighborhood in the Azcapotzalco municipality.

To consult all the programming of the Ministry of Culture of Mexico City, you can consult the Billboard of Mexico City ( and the social networks of the Ministry of Culture: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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