Friday Afternoon in Alameda Park

Posted: 02/26/2012 in Capitalism, Mexico

I took Friday out of the office after a long weekend of outreach. A recommendation here that I had yet to scratch off my Mexico City bucket-list was the Diego Rivera Mural Museum. It’s located on Alameda Park near the Palacio Bellas Artes –the Mexican Kennedy Center. Without doing any other research, I went to find it. I don’t know what I was expecting upon paying my 19 Pesos for entrance, but it wasn’t this.

Diego Rivera's Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park

Considering that Rivera was such a prolific artist working in many styles over many years, you’d expect between all of his paintings and collections scattered across the city to run into a few duds… Well, this is certainly not one of them. The museum was built to house this one mural after the hotel where it was originally painted collapsed in an earthquake. The curators thoughtfully supply large wicker chairs with cushions where you can sit and stare as long as you like, as well as an interpretive key to help guide you through the expansive cast of characters from Mexican history.

Detail of the right side of a Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park

Yet another stunning and blatant critique of Mexico’s complex and fractured history from Rivera. There is simultaneously so much pride and shame and pain in this piece. The chairs are a thoughtful addition because it takes a few long moments to let it all soak in.

  1. Kamila says:

    I love that there are chairs — and comfy wicker ones with cushions, too. It’s a very different but important way of experiencing certain pieces of art, I think. The typical bench-in-the-middle-of-the-room isn’t quite the same.

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