El Museo Casa Diego Rivera

(The Diego Rivera House Museum)

Diego Rivera, Mexico's famous painter and muralist, was born in Guanajuato City, Mexico. He is well known for his  art, as well as for being an active Communist. His controversial mural commissioned for New York City's Rockefeller Center was completed in 1933. However, the mural's portrait of Lenin and overall Communist slant caused Rivera's benefactors to destroy it immediately after it was displayed. 

                    The house where he was born is part museum and part art gallery. It contains furniture, family portraits, and art works by the artist, as well as revolving contemporary art exhibits on the upper floors. Of course, taking photos of Rivera's paintings are not allowed in the galleries. But I did manage to sneak in a photo of a mural on the wall in one room. Visit the Diego Rivera website to learn more about the artist, and to see some of his works. Or click here to read more about the Diego Rivera House Museum.

These mannequins of Diego Rivera and his third wife, Frida Kahlo (also a Mexican painter), are on display in the Sala Foto Mural (Photo Mural Gallery) of the house.

The sign outside the front entrance of the house located at Calle Pozitos 47, El Centro, reads:

"Diego Rivera - Magnificent painter was born in this house the 8th of December of 1886."

In the living room (la sala).

Another view of the living room. The portraits on the wall are of Diego Rivera and his first (legal) wife, Guadalupe Marín. (He had a Russian common-law wife, whom he met in Europe, before Guadalupe.)

A bedroom (un dormitorio).

Another bedroom.

Yet another bedroom.

 

Same bedroom, different angle.

 

The dining room (el comedor).

Another view of the dining room. Some of the books in the bookcase shown here were over 100 years old.

Passageway to some of the galleries on the upper floor. 

An inside fountain located near the entrance of the house.

This is an enlarged photo of a mural by Diego Rivera in the Sala Foto Mural of the house. The mural is called Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central). The original mural is located in the Diego Rivera Mural Museum in Mexico City.

 

Photos of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera's third wife, on display in the Sala Foto Mural. Frida was in a bus accident at age 18, which left her seriously injured. She spent over a year in bed recovering from fractures to her spine, collarbone and ribs, a shattered pelvis, and shoulder and foot injuries. She endured over 30 operations throughout her lifetime. During her convalescence, she began to paint, as seen in the left photo. She spent the rest of her life in constant pain, and finally died at age 47 as a result of related complications. Visit the Frida Kahlo website to read more about Frida and her art.

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