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|Our trip to Mexico City was focused on the art of the famous Mexican muralists Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco, mostly from the 1920s||Often called Social Realists, these muralists painted scenes in the 1920 from the socialist/communist perspective, with capitalists in high caricature. These are several high society ladies of New York.||The murals grace the walls of government buildings in Mexico City and their social commentary is amazingly blunt and anti-American.|
|They spend equal time on the Spanish conquest of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.||We stumbled upon an exhibit of Mexican painter and muralist Pablo O'Higgins, who did some work with Diego Rivera.||A strong face by Pablo O'Higgins.|
|The agave symbolized rural life.||Rural woman in front of an agave. His style changed from realist, like Rivera, in the 20s, to these bold, quickly painted pieces from the 1970s.||Rivera painted these as wet frescoes on every available wall in the building.|
|Rural and urban laborers opposing capitalists and warriors rendered as parade baloons full of hot air.||Secretary of Education building, 3 levels, a huge courtyard, murals on all walls. (See more architecture photos in the other Mexico gallery.)||I'm not sure the celebration here, a combination of may day and church?|
|On the left, women work in a laundry. On the right are the fireworks displays we saw in Taxco.||Scenes of rural life supposedly remind the bureaucrats who work in the building of the unseen rural folks they also serve.||Peasant workers go down to work in a silver mine... and upon exit are searched for any silver they might try to steal.|
|The revolution is possible by uniting the industrial laborers in the cities with the agrarian laborers in the country.||Here a multi-ethnic communist army of workers has conquered a blonde intellectual and put a bejeweled woman to work.||Dark-skinned Mexican militiamen conquer which businessmen.|
|So after the peasants win the revolution, they have abundance...||...and we see the white capitalists with little to eat. A successful redistribution of the land's wealth, from the eyes of the socialist revolutionaries.||Ater the revolution, the peasants will get an education...|
|... and the capitalists will learn they cannot eat money.||The peasant revolution is cleaning up not only the defeated capitalists by the corrupt church, noted in the bishop's mitre on the floor.||It is possible to overdose on murals, but they are a fascinating snapshot of a time in Mexican history.|
|Industrial technology helps the agricultural workers as the clergy are smited (smoted? smitten?)||This is a famous and amazing Rivera mural and there is a key to it showing all the historical figures in it from Cortes on through to Rockefeller.||Kings and generals and peasants.|
|The day of the dead celebration meets high society displays of wealth.||Pancho Vila and the peasant struggle.||Frida Kahlo is here, as is a young Diego Rivera.|
|We also stumbled upon an extensive show of the artist Covarrubias, who was a mapmaker, cartoonist and illustrator whose work was seen in many US magazines.||The jaguar king is from Mayan history.||Covarubbias travelled to the Pacific and wrote an illustrated book on Bali.|
|He made many maps for a Californian publishing company.||He drew cartoons during the 20s and 30s and was fascinated with black American culture.||He did a series for Vanity Fair.|
|A Rivera mural just tucked away in a corner. We have seen only a portion of the murals present in Mexico City's buildings!|
Last updated: 2/27/05