Palacio Nacional, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México
Photo by Jordana BTP
Diego Rivera Artworks in the Centro
Though his reputation is now arguably overshadowed by that of his former wife, in the 1930s, painter and muralist Diego Rivera—commissioned by Mexico’s post-revolutionary governments to adorn several national monuments in complex, pageantry- and allegory-laden wall paintings—was among the first Mexican artists to gain worldwide acclaim. Many of his finest works are on display in the Centro Histórico. Perhaps most spectacular are Rivera’s portrayals of Mexico’s millennia-long history, as seen in the Palacio Nacional on the Zócalo (Mexico City’s main square; take a state-issued ID for admission); a more contemporary socialist workers’ struggle (including a Frida Kahlo cameo) decorates a series of patios at the Ministry of Public Education. One of the artist’s earliest works can be seen inside the auditorium at the San Ildefonso Museum; and the dazzling “Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central,” a surrealist who’s-who of Mexico’s turbulent fin-de-siècle, is the sole artwork on display at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera.
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