Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals is a monumental 27-panel mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts that portrays the geological, technological, and human history of Detroit. Rivera was a great admirer of American innovation and both celebrates and questions its impact on society. He depicts the enormity and complexity of an automotive factory and presents those who work there as heroes who work with integrity and nobility. Watch Salvador Salort-Pons, Director at the Detroit Institute of Arts, explore what makes Detroit Industry Murals a masterpiece.

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