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Closely following its outstanding survey of works by the Mexican avant-garde, the Mexican Cultural Institute is now offering three simultaneous exhibitions of works by contemporary Spanish artists, all of them women. “Nosotras Por Nosotras,” a group exhibition of pieces by 10 artists working in a wide range of media, addresses problems of self-identity. Most interesting, perhaps, is the work of Eva Mus (whose El Maniqui is pictured), which explores gender issues through subtle and eloquent magic realism. Vi-turvio, an installation by Rocþ/o Villalonga, purportedly pays tribute to ancient Roman architect Vitruvius. But the artist’s real concern, as suggested by one of the piece’s many perplexing texts, seems to be the “aesthetization of violence.” Passing through hallways strewn with monumental sculptures of draughtsman’s tools, the visitor eventually stands before a series of wall-mounted text-and-image collages. “Brutality is situated at the frontier of beauty or at the elusive limits of pain,” reads one. Nearby, an image of a crucified child is superimposed over Leonardo da Vinci’s idealized Vitruvian Man. Far more compelling is “Anonymous Dwellings,” an exhibition of works by up-and-coming Valencian artist Natividad Navalþ0n. Juxtaposing large slabs of metal and velvet pillows in various combinations, Navalþ0n’s sculpture is spare, mysterious, and profound. On view to March 31 at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. Free. (202) 728-1628. (Leonard Roberge)