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Diego Rivera Retakes it’s place at MOMA

Diego Rivera Retakes it’s place at MOMA

By Rafael Mathus



 After 80 years, Diego Rivera returned yesterday to claim a star on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and revive a message that despite the passage of time, it seems more valid than ever.

Yesterday, we inaugurated the exhibition Diego Rivera murals for the Museum of Modern Art, that brings back five of the eight murals painted Mexican mobile for his first retrospective at MoMA in 1931, and in which captured images of the history of Mexico and harsh criticism of the economic and social situation left by the Great Depression, today, with nuances, is repeated in America.

In addition to the murals, the exhibition includes three sketches, prototype portable mural done in 1930 and smaller drawings, watercolors and prints by Rivera. The exhibition will open to the public next Sunday.

“I can think of no better metaphor for what happens with moves like” Occupy Wall Street ‘that have been replicated in the world and U.S. social stratification that appears in one of Rivera’s works, “said the director of MoMA , Glenn Lowry.

Journalists, collectors, entrepreneurs like Ignacio Deschamps, president of the main sponsor of the sample, BBVA Bancomer, Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, and Consul in New York, Carlos Sada, gathered yesterday morning at the opening for the press, which hosts made Lowry and curator Leah Dickerman, the mastermind behind the sample.

In the afternoon, we performed the official opening, which was attended by the First Lady, Margarita Zavala.

It was Sarukhan who stressed the synergy between Mexico and the MoMA, remembering that there have already been three exhibitions of three artists associated with the country over the past two years: Gabriel Orozco, Francis Alos, and now Rivera.

“I think it speaks much of what we can do to use culture as a bridge between both countries,” Sarukhan praised, true believer in the crucial role that culture plays in Mexico’s global positioning.

Speaking about the work of Mexican and parallelism of the message he left 80 years ago today, Deschamps said: “Diego Rivera was a man committed to his time with social problems. He lived in a global economic crisis in those years we are living now, and I think it is a necessary reflection is very important that the development and fairness. “

Two special guests at the pre-opening yesterday were Mark and Vicky Micha, collectors, who served two murals-The Rise and Power, for the exhibition of Rivera.

“They’ve been at home, and now came to the museum and borrowed generously, and lending generously. I am more than happy to see you here, proud, happy, more than anything, Diego, because what he has done is repeated 80 years later, “said Micha renovation.

They are interested in Latin America

NEW YORK .- This exhibition of Diego Rivera, the MoMA in New York close ties with Mexico and Latin American art, which is in its permanent collection, rich in pieces by artists from the region.

“There is a real interest in Latin American art is broad, and that is not new,” said Leah Dickerman, curator in charge of the sample.

He recalled that the museum has many curators who choose artists that seem interesting for various reasons which have nothing to do with the origin.

“We are a museum stronger when we have different things at the same time.”

The parts of the sample

Of the eight murals he did for the MoMA exhibit:

· “Peasant leader Zapata” (1931)

· “Indian Warrior” (1931)

· “The Rising” (1931)

· “Frozen funds” (1932)

· “Electric power” (1932)

Two are too fragile for shipment

· “Sugar Cane” (1931)

· “Liberation pawn” (1931)

One is missing

· “Pneumatic drill” (1932)

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