Oaxaca mural

Oaxaca mural

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Paint the Revolution

Saturday afternoon Alejandro and I took the Metrobus downtown to the "Palacio de Bellas Artes" (Palace of Fine Arts), Mexico City's most beautiful concert hall and cultural center.

We came to the "Palacio", not to hear a musical performance but to see a special art exhibit which is currently on display there.

"Paint the Revolution: Modern Mexican Art 1910-1950"  is a collaboration between the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It first opened in Philadelphia where it attracted more than 100,000 visitors, and it is now on display in the Palace of Fine Arts through May 7th.  The exhibit gathers together more than 180 pieces of art which document the explosion of artistic creativity in Mexico in the decades after the Revolution of 1910.

The "Big Three" of Mexican mural painting are represented in the show.

Diego Rivera

José Clemente Orozco

David Alfaro Siqueiros

Other well-known artists represented included...

Frida Kahlo
(This was her first self-portrait)

Juan O'Gorman
(an interesting view of Mexico City in 1949)

Rufino Tamayo

There were other artists with whom I was unfamiliar.

A painting of the soldiers of Emiliano Zapata by
Alfredo Ramos Martinez

"The Death of Zapata" by Luis Arenal Bastar

"Paint the Revolution" is an excellent exhibit worth visiting if you should be in Mexico City this month.


  1. I'm SO glad that you got to see it! It moves on to Houston where I will be next month. Guess I'll see it in the USA
    which will be interesting, unless by some miracle, I manage to get down before it closes at Bellas Artes.

    1. Thank YOU, Barbara, for telling me about the exhibit! I'm glad I was here to see it.