Latin American Modernism

Mexican muralism

Celebrating the Mexican people’s potential to craft the nation’s history was a key theme in Mexican muralism.

c. 1920 - 1960

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Diego Rivera, <em>Calla Lilly Vendor (Vendedora de Alcatraces)</em>
Diego Rivera, Calla Lilly Vendor (Vendedora de Alcatraces)

Rivera celebrates indigenous culture, but also points to poverty in this melancholy painting of a flower seller.

Diego Rivera, <em>Man Controller of the Universe</em>
Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe

Why was the original version of this mural at New York’s Rockefeller Center destroyed within months of its creation?

Diego Rivera, <em>Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central Park</em>
Diego Rivera, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central Park

Rivera includes 400 years of history here, and guarantees that the stories normally edited out are included.

Diego Rivera, <em>Man at the Crossroads</em>
Diego Rivera, Man at the Crossroads

Why was the original version of this mural at New York’s Rockefeller Center destroyed within months of its creation?

Diego Rivera, <em>Detroit Industry Murals</em>
Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry Murals

Rivera’s controversial murals were made at the height of Depression-era instability in auto-manufacturing Detroit.

Mexican Muralism: <em>Los Tres Grandes</em>—David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, and José Clemente Orozco
Mexican Muralism: Los Tres Grandes—David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, and José Clemente Orozco

Epic murals in highly visible, public buildings were commissioned by the Mexican government to teach history.

Selected Contributors | Mexican muralism