You'll see wonderful murals all over Mexico but the greatest body of work is undoubtedly to be found in Mexico City. As well as the murals at the Palacio Nacional, (look for the one depicting Qetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, carrying a bearded, blond man - a long-held belief of the Aztecs was that such a man would come one day - and when Cortes appeared he was taken to be the fulfillment of the legend - the rest, as they say, is history!) you'll find another enormous set (over 200!) by Rivera and other artists at the Public Education Secretariat ( a few blocks north of the Zocalo - free but photo ID required) whilst the Museo de San Ildefonso (also near the Zocalo) is another excellent place to look for works by all the great names of the art.
Perhaps the most extraordinary of Rivera's murals is the huge (15 metres long) A Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda. Housed now in a purpose built museum, complete with explanatory notes about all the personages portrayed, this is a who's who of post-Spanish invasion Mexico, a swirling, macabre paseo with Rivera and his wife, Frida Kahlo taking centre stage with an elegant denizen from the Day of the Dead.
Diego Rivera left a lasting impression on Mexico City's walls and through his painted political themes, affected the way millions view Mexican history.
The murals at the Palacio Nacional are a must see. The Legend of Quetzalcoatl depcts the famous legend of the flying serpent bringing a white man with a blond beard into the country. When Cortes arrived, many of the Aztecs remembered this legend and believed him to be Quetzalcoatl. American Invention tells the tale of American invaders marching into Mexico City and the young Mexican cadets who died fighting them during the Mexican War.
No matter what the theme, most of Rivera's murals incorporate ancient Mexican history, usually featuring Cortes and a cast of thousands.
Whenever i am in Mexoc City i always pay a visit to Museo mural Diego Riviera.
It´s a small museum dedicated to one of the most famous murlas of the mexican revolutionary mural painter Diego Riviera.
I´m a great fan of Riviera and his paintings and i love to go there and spend an hour or so looking at that mural called "sueno de una tarde dominical en la alameda" which is the mural exhibited there.
It´s a fantastic mural that i never get tired of.
they have also placed chairs so that you can sit from a distance and enjoy the mural while you are there.
This is not a museum about Diego Rivera, is more the personal collection of Diego Rivera, his dream museum, the one he planed and help design. It's interesting that this museum was build with and following the Aztec arquitecture style and techniques in a modern world.
This museum is a must visit for those lovers of mexican history and arqueology, and a complement for those visiting the Arqueological museum and looking for more.
On it you will find themore vast personal prehispanic collection of Diego Rivera, wich is very rich and interesting in many ways. The building of this museum had just started when Diego die and he never saw it finish, but the arquitectural concept and decoration was his vision, it also include in it a studio where you can see some of his sketchs, the sketch of the most famous of his murals,etc.
The most amazing thing is that his personal collection include 59 thousand pieces of prehispanic art, that he want to donate to Mexico after his dead, as a way to give back to the México what it belonged to the mexican people, but with one condition, this pieces can never leave mexican land, unlike many other mexican pieces that are exposed in museums all around the world, this pieces will never leave this place, so it make it more a MUST visit.
Entrance is only $45 pesos is the same entrance ticket for both Museum Frida Kahlo and Museo Diego Rivera, if you don't have time to visit both same day, don't worry, it's still valid to visit 1 time in 30 days. visit are guided, that make the visit even better, it's a shame many people don't know or visit this museum.
*Call or visit website for time of guided visits.
*Sorry, the picture don't make it justice, but I didn't carry a camera the day I visited first, when I return to take photos it was already closed, this photo was taken from outside of the property.
One of Rivera's most famous murals this is housed in a small building next to Alameda park. The work is titled " A dream of Sunday Afternoon in Alameda". Admission is free but there is a charge for taking pictures.
As one of Mexico's most celebrated and controversial artists, Diego Rivera dedicated his life to painting massive murals. His work is seen in a number of places in the Centro Histórico of Mexico City, most notably in el Palacio Nacional in Zócalo.
The Diega Rivera Museum, which displays 100 works of the famed muralist who was born in the city, and the Museum of the Mummies, where those whoose taste runs toward Ripley's Belive it or Not can inspect 119 bodies that have been mummified by a peculiar mineral composition found in the soil.
The mural "Sueño de una tarde dominical en Alameda Central" (Dream of a sunday afternoon in The Alameda) was originally made by Rivera for a very important hotel in the Historical Center of the city of Mexico, the Hotel del Prado (destroyed in the 1985 earthquakes) and at the Alameda in the historic centre, created specially to preserve the mural, considered one of the most well known of the Mexican Muralismo.
Diego Rivera represented as the main figure the Calavera Catrina (the death), very elegantly dressed, with the serpent of feather -essential mythical representation of the pre-Hispanic culture of Mexico-. The Catrina is a work originally created by Jose Guadalupe Posada, artist that emphasizes in the Mexican creation of aims of the XIXth century and of the beginning of the XXth; he is taking the arm of the Catrina. Rivera takes the Catrina and Posada as the main caractheres of the work, because it is dedicated to this great artist, considered the more important Mexican engraver and Rivera always recognized him like his great inspiration.
We can also see "the young Diego", thus self-portraited and at his back Frida Kahlo, the extraordinary painter, wife of Rivera until its death in 1954.
Another prominent building beside the Zocalo is the Palacio Nacional. This renaissance building stands on the site of Moctezuma’s palace which became the residence of Hernan Cortes after his conquest of Mexico. The building, which is reminiscent of the Palacio Real in Madrid, features the amazing murals of Diego Rivera, including his grand mural by the staircase which depict his views of the country’s turbulent political history.
Between 1929 and 1951, the muralist Diego Rivera produced in the palace enormous murals depicting and celebrating the history of Mexico, which occupy almost 1,200 square feet (110 m²) of wall space. In this murals Diego Rivera depicts various aspects of Mexican history in a more didactic narrative style, the Indian cultures, Spanish conquest, and Mexican independence.
Admission is free, but you need an ID for entrance, Open 9:30am at 4:30pm.
Who say that Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo are not some, Huge Artists ?
This huge versions of Diego and Frida are all around National Palace, this figures look like huge piñatas and are a really fun an aristic way to portrait this 2 Mexican Artists. So, when visiting National Palace you cannot only visit the magnificent murals of Diego, but also to take a picture with him, or at least aversion of him.
Entrance to National Palace is Free, open until 4:30pm.
The Rivera studio holds some of the artist's personal effects and mementos, sketches for the murals and smaller works.
Here you see another fresco made by Diego Riviero. This panel is named the Tarasks, this was the name that the Spanish gave to the Purepechas, and this painting shows their skills.
The two artist lived here from 1934 until 1940 - you will see the studios and living places of both of them.
Not very big but for fans and very nice place to visit.