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2021 - Mexico City - 15 - Museo Mural Diego Rivera - Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park

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posted by Ted McGrath alias Ted's photos - Stand With Ukraine on Thursday 23rd of December 2021 02:50:27 PM

Our first stop in Historic Centro was a visit to Museo Mural Diego Rivera. The mural "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park" by Diego Rivera is a special piece of art because an entire museum was built to house this one painting. The mural depicts famous people and events in the history of Mexico passing through Alameda Central Park. When the Hotel del Prado was built between 1933 and 1946, the architect Santacilia Carlos Obregon commissioned Rivera to paint a mural in the dining room (the Versailles Restaurant). The theme was Alameda Central because the hotel was across the street from the park. Later the mural was moved to the lobby of the hotel due to deteriorating condition from smokers and food cooking. Whoever made that decision must have had a bout of premonition because the restaurant housing the mural was completely destroyed in the 1985 earthquake. However, the lobby survived the tragedy. After the earthquake, the idea for the Museo Mural Diego Rivera was born, and three years later the mural made its way to its permanent home, across the street from the hotel as it was razed. The process moved the mural into position and then building the structure around it. When originally unveiled, the mural caused quite the scandal. Rivera had written the phrase “God does not exist” next to the mural. As a result of the archbishop of Mexico City refused to bless the hotel and a group of conservative students attempted to scrape the phrase off the wall. Rivera eventually removed it because of all the flack he caught. Needless to say, many people still reject this piece for the blasphemous message it once contained - Mexico is deep in the Catholic Church dogma. Even with all the criticism from conservative protestors, the mural is so beloved the world gained another art institution based solely on this piece. Thanks for making the world more culturally rich Rivera, even if you were a bit of a cheating toad. The museum has more than just the mural, as they put on rotating exhibitions by other artists, but the whole impetus of the museum was to protect and honour this infamous Rivera mural. Entrance to the museum is $50 Pesos per person plus $75 for the camera.

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