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THE MUSEUM

The Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum is exceptional in its architecture, design, and construction. Built using the same volcanic rock found below the building, it was designed by Diego Rivera for the express purpose of housing his collection of over forty-one thousand pre-Hispanic artworks. He also planned it as a City for the Arts: a space that would integrate painting, dance, music, theater, handcrafts, and ecology. Hence, the square outside its doors was conceptualized as an open-air theater with access to a painting collection, art gallery, and the Museum itself. The building shows the influence of the Teotihuacan and Maya cultures, complemented by architectural motifs from the nineteen forties. It is surrounded by an ample ecological preserve of over forty-two square meters that harbors the flora and fauna of the Pedregal zone of Mexico City.

DIEGO RIVERA

Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, better known as Diego Rivera, was born on December 8, 1886 in the city of Guanajuato. He studied at the Academia de San Carlos, where he acquired his first formal understanding of art. At the age of twenty he received a scholarship to study in Europe, where he lived for nearly two decades, contributing to avant-garde movements such as post-impressionism and cubism.

Upon his return to Mexico, Rivera participated in the cultural brigades backed by José Vasconcelos, Secretary of Public Education at the time. Rivera formed part of the pictorial movement of the first half of the 20th century known as the Mexican School of Painting. his first mural is located inside the Simón Bolívar Amphitheater of the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, which was at the time the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria. His murals also beautify other notable Mexican buildings, including the Palacio Nacional, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Escuela Nacional de Agricultura en Chapingo and Palacio de Cortés of the city of Cuernavaca.

Diego Rivera died in Mexico City on November 24, 1957.

SERVICES

VISITOR INFORMATION

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:30

Ticket prices: 

$ 90 pesos    General admission
$ 70 pesos    Mexican citizens with official ID
$ 15 pesos    Students and teachers with valid credentials
$ 15 pesos    Senior citizens

PHOTO PERMIT

$ 30 pesos    General public
$ 15 pesos    Elementary school students with valid credentials.

HOW TO GET HERE

Address:

Calle Museo #150, colonia San Pablo Tepetlapa, Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04620, CDMX.

  • On foot: walk from Xotepingo station, Tren Ligero.
  • Public transportation: twenty-minute city bus ride from downtown Coyoacán.

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