Legacy of Diego Rivera

Mexico City is the most important site for the work of Mexican painter Diego María de la Concepcion Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera and Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, better known by his short name as Diego Rivera.

In the capital he began his painting studies and later also created his first murals. Finally, to the south in the old village of Coyoacán they established their homes and studios where they spent their last years painting and organizing their art collections, which are now a cultural legacy.

Tours CDMX invites you to know those emblematic places to appreciate the art of Diego Rivera.

Ask how you can include the works of Diego Rivera in your Tours. In the South, West and City Center you will find representations of his art.

Palacio Nacional – “La historia de México” (National Palace – “The history of Mexico”)

In the heart of the city, very close to the Zócalo is the National Palace. Diego Rivera represented on the great staircase of the Central Courtyard a vision of the past and future of the country through three visions: On the right is a pre-Columbian world ruled by the mythical Quetzalcoatl; on the left the revolution is shown under the guidance of Marx, in search of a utopian future; but perhaps the most important aspect is the center, where the effects of the Spanish conquest of the sixteenth century are illustrated: war, work, Christianization and education. Undoubtedly, one of the most important and best care murals in all of Mexico.

Diego Rivera Mural Museum – “Dream of a Sunday afternoon in the Alameda Central”

“Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central”

Small Museum located in the street of Balderas in the Historic Center, a few steps from the public transport stations of Hidalgo.

This museum was built especially to protect one of Diego’s most famous works: the mural “Dream of a Sunday afternoon in the Alameda Central”. This was originally in the Hotel del Prado, in the Historic Center, but was rescued from the rubble of the 1985 earthquakes.

On December 14, 1986, they moved the monumental work of art in an operation that lasted about 12 hours and required the effort of more than 300 workers. Finally, on February 19, 1988, the Diego Rivera Mural Museum was inaugurated.

“Carcamo de Dolores” and the Fuente de Tláloc

The “Cárcamo de Dolores” is a hydraulic work carried out jointly by the architect Ricardo Rivas and Diego Rivera. It is in the second section of Bosque de Chapultepec and was built in 1951 when the works of the Lerma River system, which supplies water to the CDMX, were completed. The car park is in the current Museum of Natural History and Environmental Culture. In the building there is a tunnel where water came to the car park, there is the mural “Water, origin of life”, which covers the four sides of the tank and the floor of the space. On the outside there is the Tláloc Fountain, also a work of Rivera, a sculpture of the god on a fountain and a mirror of water.


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