Diego Rivera´s Mosaic Mural in Acapulco

 

 

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Diego Rivera mosaic mural detail

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Diego Rivera Mural Detail

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Diego Rivera Mural Detail

Created in 1956 and located on the side of a house, this mural is one of the city’s most important cultural artifacts. The Mural is Located in the Traditional area of Acapulco in the home of the lat Dolores Olmedo who possessed the largest collection of Diego Rivera paintings in the world and a long-time friend of Rivera, and the woman that Diego Rivera asked to marry him after the death of his wife, the controversial painter, Frida Kahlo.

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

This Diego Rivera mural is on the facade of one of the houses that is considered to be a treasure of Mexican contemporary history. The mural now belongs to Mrs. Dolores Olmedo and was created in 1956, made with colored mosaics, stones and seashells.

Regarded as one of the most important cultural works of art in Acapulco, the mural was one of the last works that the artist created before his death. In it are featured the Serpiente Emplumada Quetzalcóatl (Feathered Snake of Quetzalcoatl), an Aztec god who was forced to leave this lands by his enemies but who promised coming back one day.

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

Between 1956 and 1957, Rivera lived in Acapulco while recovering from cancer and it was then that he created the works found here. This house represents a cultural heritage and is a living witness to the art of Diego Rivera in Acapulco.

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

You can appreciate the mural located on the outside wall called Exekatlkalli, a sculpture-painting where the Gods Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc, of the Aztec culture, can be appreciated. Quetzalcoatl the God of Gods, The Most Important Deity of the Pre Hispanic peoples was depicted with the proverbial mastership of Rivera and eventually covered with mosaic for its preservation.

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

Dolores Olmedo Patino was born in Mexico city on Dec.14,1908 and died July 2002. Diego did a nude painting of 12 year old Dolores Olmedo much to the chagrin of her mother Prof. Maria Patino Suarez.

In gratitude Diego created along the outside wall of her home, originally called The House of the Winds, a mosaic depicting Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent Aztec god and Xoloitzcuintle, the pre-Hispanic dog.

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

The gardener allowed us inside to view the tiled ceiling mosaics. Lola (Lolita) was Diego’s sweet term for Dolores Olmedo. Diego was born in Guanajuato,”The Place of the Frogs” and Olmedo’s loving words for Diego were ” You’re my beloved Frog”.

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

A frog as himself, a dove symbolizing his love of country and the hammer and sickle embracing his communism adorn the ceiling. A friendly xoloitzcuintle pre-Hispanic dog with hairless black sensitive skin, whiskers on his face and lacking some teeth(a genetic quirk) roamed the garden

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

 

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco

 

 

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Diego Rivera´s Mural in Acapulco