Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and More: Visiting Mexico City’s House Museums
Last weekend we ventured north to Mexico City, one of America’s largest cities but one of its most under-serviced. The city is very well-known for being a megalopolis that is increasingly trying to take a back seat to its neighboring metropolis. In this blog we’ll take a few of our own snapshots of Mexico City’s museums, including La Casa de Diego Rivera.
The Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) opened in 2003 within the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo had no trouble finding a place to celebrate their life’s work; the MAM’s temporary exhibit is a tribute to the couple. The exhibit takes the form of a private home and a temporary exhibit in the home where Kahlo and Rivera spent their final months, their only extended time together.
The exhibit consists of personal and family artifacts including photographs, paintings, diaries, paintings, sculpture, paintings, and sculptures made by the couple and their two children together. The gallery contains an overwhelming number of photos of the couple, as well as drawings, etchings, lithographs, sculpture and photographs made together. The exhibition takes a look at the couple’s life and times with a focus on the couple’s artistic work and private life.
The exhibit is organized chronologically using Diego’s paintings and works by Frida Kahlo as examples for the exhibit. The exhibit also contains a series of color-infused works by Kahlo.
The MAM is located in a building that was built in the early 1900s to meet the growing needs of the city’s growing population. It is located at the corner of 5 de Mayo and 9 de Julio Streets in an upscale neighborhood adjacent to Tlatelolco. In addition to the Diego Rivera exhibition the building also houses another exhibit dedicated to Frida.
The Casa Museo Diego Rivera (CMD) is