Mexico Monday #2

I’m not the arty type really. My interests lay elsewhere, although I guess one of my favourite past times, photography, is art related. But in Mexico City art is difficult, if not impossible, to avoid. And it’s really very easy to quickly develop an appreciation of the paintings and monuments, and a fascination of the history of Mexico’s famous muralists.

This weeks random post comes from March of 2006, less than a year into my Mexico adventure. I freely confessed my artistic ignorance in a post entitled simply ‘Diego Rivera‘. And whilst I’m still not an ‘arty person’ at heart, I’ve since learned an awful lot more about Diego and his contemporaries.

Rivera’s monumental museum Anahuacalli is not the best place to go to see Rivera masterpieces. For those, you’d go to the National Palace, Bellas Artes, the Rivera museum next to Parque Alameda and elsewhere in the Centro Historico. But Anahuacalli is a ‘must see’. Set a little bit out of the way in Coyoacan, it doesn’t get the visitors in the numbers it deserves. The exhibits on display are very special, and there are some very early and very unique pieces of Riveras own work on display.

And then there’s the building itself. I will go again one day. Till then, I have my photos

Hanging Murals

2 thoughts on “Mexico Monday #2

  1. I have never cared for Diego. But, that was my fault. I had only seen his government whore work — when he gave up artistic ability for political approval. After seeing some of his early work, I reconsidered my opinion. He had true style. Unfortunately, he abandoned it. In looking around, I found many more Mexican artists who had a true flair for their craft. It makes me wonder what Diego could have done had he not decided to serve communion for the state.

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    1. I think, ultimately, his part in the Rivera/Kahlo story is why he perhaps made the biggest impression on the public. But that may be why you and I differ on rating Rivera – I like the story and the history of the time more than the art itself.

      Still, as far as legacy is concerned, Anahuacalli is ten times the monument than Siqueiros’ Polyforum is. Although I also loved that bizarre, twisted and utterly vain structure too! Although I enjoyed Siqueiros’ story too, mad Stalinist that he was.

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