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New Smartphone Version

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Mobile, News, Site | 0 comments

New Smartphone Version

We have released a new version of the site for smartmobile browsers, the new version allows naviating in english and spanish through the site, and carry the museum in your pocket. Only type on your smartphone the web address of diegorivera.com, and you will be presented with the smartphone optimized version. We hope you enjoy it.

We go Mobile!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2010 in Mobile, News, Site | 0 comments

We are smartphone compatible: the site is viewable in mobile devices like iPhone and android. Just go to the diegorivera.com within your browser and it will display a mobile version of the site, so you can enjoy the Museum from anyplace anytime!
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Man at the Crossroads: the Rockefeller Controversy

Posted by on Sep 2, 2010 in History, News | 0 comments

Man at the Crossroads: the Rockefeller Controversy

By Annette Labedzki

In 1932, Nelson Rockefeller commissioned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera to paint a mural for the ground floor lobby of the Radio Corporation Arts Building in the Rockefeller Center. The painting was supposed to depict in Rockefeller’s own words “Man at the Crossroads Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future.” Rivera proposed a 63-foot mural. He started working on the mural with the help of six assistants, in March 1933.

Man at the Crossroads - Pencil test“Man at the Crossroads” proved out to be one of the most groundbreaking works of Diego Rivera. The center of the painting portrayed a commanding industrial worker with his hands on the controls of heavy machinery. The crossroads were formed by two long narrow slides intersecting at the centre, right below the worker. One slide displayed a microscopic view of body cells, reflecting sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and another presented a telescopic view of the universe. The painting was roughly divided into two sections. The left panel showed elite people, especially women, enjoying, drinking, and partying. A contrast was reflected on the same side with a group of people protesting and being clubbed by the police.

The right side of “Man at the Crossroads” showed a May Day parade with workers and people living in harmony. At the center of the left side, there was an image of Vladimir Lenin (Russian communist leader), as if joining hands in power with a black farmer, a white worker, and a soldier. The presence of Lenin in the painting hinted at an ‘Anti-Capitalist’ flavor. To avoid any kind of political controversy, Nelson Rockefeller requested Rivera to replace the face of Lenin with any ordinary face. Diego was an ardent fan of the Soviet leader and so he refused to replace Lenin in the painting. He instead offered to add American leader Abraham Lincoln’s face to another part of the mural. Their differences were never resolved.

Rivera wished to get a few pictures taken of his “Man at the Crossroads,” but photographers were banned from the center. Lucienne Bloch, one of Rivera’s assistants, snuck in a camera into the building and took some pictures to record the mural. These pictures are the only original records of the mural. On May 22, 1933, Rivera was paid in full and was barred from the premises, without letting him complete his work. The painting was then draped and was hidden away from the public eye. On the midnight of February 9, 1934, a few workers marched into the center with axes and hammers and destroyed the mural.

Diego Rivera was determined to finish his painting “Man at the Crossroads,” so he reproduced his work under the name “Man, Controller of The Universe.” This painting also depicted Lenin and Rivera added a portrait of Leon Trotsky (another communist leader). This painting can be seen in the Palace of Fine arts in Mexico. At Rockefeller’s Center, the mural replacing that of Diego’s has Abraham Lincoln as its key subject.

Man at the Crossroads - Palacio de Bellas Artes

New Stores

Posted by on Aug 20, 2010 in News | 0 comments

We just updated our stores, please take a moment and visit them. As you mey know, we are a non profit organization and we pay the site with the product sponsorship, when you buy products you will be helping the site!

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