I spent my last afternoon in Mexico City on a small walking tour of the nearby murals. The young woman - Adriana? - who lead the tour was very passionate and informed about the artwork and was a wonderful guide.
The Muralism Art in Mexico started in 1921 after the end of the military phase of the Mexican Revolution, when the government promoted mural program, to promote the new ideal ideals generated after the Revolution.
The Mexican government began to hire the country’s best artists to paint murals, calling some of them home from Europe including Diego Rivera. The muralists differed in style and temperament, but all believed that art was for the education and betterment of the people.
You will visit the first government sponsored mural project, which is located inside the wall of the old San Ildefonso College – at that time used for the National High School.
You will see the work of the three most influential muralists from the 20th century: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Siqueiros, called “los tres grandes” (the three great ones). They all believed that art was the highest form of human expression and a key force in social revolution.
Your guide will take you into their work, noticing the main differences among them. You will be able to see the mythology they created around the Mexican Revolution and the Mexican people which is still influential to this day, as well as promote Marxist ideals.
Walk for 2 and a half hours in this incredible journey of art – the Muralism – which influenced the form to transmit messages even today, all the way from the United States to Argentina.
I think when you choose to go on a sightseeing tour the likelihood that you could end up with someone that is totally phoning it in can be high. Conversely, finding an authentic passionate person leading the tour is a rare gem. Adriana was that...More
Our tour of the murals with Ana was the best part of our trip to Mexico City. Of course, because of their grand scale and dramatic compositions, being in the physical presence of the murals is an impactful experience, but Ana helped us to truly...More
I found the Mural Art walking tour to be very good. My guide was Julio and I was the only booking for the day so got a private tour by default You visit 3 buildings and see the works of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros amongst...More