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Palacio de Bellas Artes

FINE art, indeed....

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A typical Sunday in Mexico City? Wake up, have the typical breakfast involving fresh fruit and freshly-squeezed orange juice, help your abuelita prune some trees, and get showered and ready to go to the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Lord knows I love a good art museum; generally, wherever I go, I make an attempt to see at least one good art museum (exceptions being Spain, where I saw approximately 500 and Cambodia, in which I saw none...but that whole dang place is like a living museum, so fair enough...). I had been all pepped up and ready to see some Frida, some Rivera and Orozco murals, and that's about the extent of my Mexican artist knowledge. Nonetheless, what I lack in knowledge, I make up in enthusiasm (a life philosophy? could be...).

Of course, it was amazing and I was overall very impressed.

Happy bucket along the way.

One of the images from Rivera's "Carnaval."
I don't quite recall what this represents, but it was all explained to me. Many Mexicans were eager to forget their past and idolize other, blonder cultures. Lots of corruption...Rivera was clearly against this.

A local enjoying the arts.

This is from Rivera's "Man at the Crossroads," a mural portraying an Aryan man in control of the future; science, progress and socialism vs. religion, conservatism and capitalist leanings.

As Wikipedia says: "Rivera's "Man at the Crossroads" mural was originally painted for the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Rivera had finished ⅔ of the mural when the Rockefellers objected to an image of Vladimir Lenin in the mural. When Rivera refused to remove Lenin, his commission was cancelled and the mural was destroyed. Rivera repainted it a smaller scale at the Palacio in 1934 and renamed it 'Man, Controller of the Universe.' "

Rivera's "Communist Paradise". Notice the workers sitting on the head of the statue, a false idol.

Of course there was more, including my first-ever Frida, and other murals by Siqueiros and Orozco, but I do believe I was most enthralled with Rivera. As this post may suggest...

Posted by lrbergen 14:14 Archived in Mexico Tagged tourist_sites

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