Sunday, July 20, 2014

Museo Mural Diego Rivera (Diego Rivera Mural Museum) - Mexico City

When you don't arrive somewhere until 3 in the morning, it makes it difficult to get up early the next day.  With that being the case it made our first day in Mexico City shorter than we had anticipated, but we still managed to cram in some adventures.

Our first stop, once we were up and moving, was for food.  We usually start out heading in the direction of the first museum or sight and look for something to eat along the way.  We usually don't look at guidebooks and try to find their suggestions.  It just never works out for us.  After passing many places and saying no for various reason, we finally stepped into a place called El Farolito.  We sat down and were handed a paper menu all in Spanish with no descriptions to even help decipher it.

El Farolito Menu Mexico City

We asked if the waitress spoke English and she didn't.  Out of all the foreign places we have been, Mexico City had the least amount of people around who spoke English.  The waitress did understand our plight and brought us a menu in English.

Farolada Pastor Description Mexico City

It helped...some.   They called it a farolada pastor, once it was placed in front of me, I called it a quesadilla, and then I called it delicious!  (Mom, I even ate the beans!!)

Farolada Pastor and Beans Mexico City

With lunch done we headed to our first museum.  Mexico City has over 100 museums!  We couldn't see them all if we tried!  So we settled for a few. Our first one was the Diego Rivera Mural Museum.  Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a famous artist in Mexico.  He was married to Frida Kahlo (1906-1954) another famous artist in Mexico.  Diego was famous for his murals which are painted in many places in Mexico City, the US, and around the world.  

The one that we went to see at this museum is called Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.  This huge (50 ft by 13 ft)  mural was originally painted at Hotel Del Prado which was across the street from where the mural now resides.  In the 1980's the hotel suffered irreparable damage from an earthquake so the mural was moved and a museum built to honor it.

Rivera Mural from Above Diego Rivera Museum Mexico City

There are other exhibits in this museum but this is the main reason for going.  Against the opposite wall there is information about the painting in both English and Spanish.  It tells about every person who is painted in the mural which depicts three main eras of Mexico's history.  I found it most interesting that Frida Kahlo is painted in the mural as well as a depiction of Diego Rivera as a child.  Diego is holding the hand of the skeleton called, "La Calavera Catrina", and Frida is behind him.

Young Diego and Frida with Skeleton Diego Rivera Museum Mexico City

One last thing to share about museum is a very comical one to me.  In the bathroom there is this sign:

Frida Wants You to Keep the Bathrooms Clean at Diego Rivera Museum Mexico City

Basically it says to help keep the bathroom clean by putting trash in the trashcan.  What made it funny to  me is the fact that Frida Kahlo, from the mural, is showing you what a good patron would do with their trash.  On the men's door they had a sign with a young Diego Rivera, so I am sure he helped the men out.

We left the museum and walked through part of Alameda Park towards our next destination.  I will tell you all about the Museum of Popular Art in my next post, but before we leave Alameda Park, let me share one last picture with you.

I thought this was a neat piece of art.  I don't know anything about it, except for the fact that I like it.  And really that is all this is needed at times.  Enjoy!

Hand Statue Alameda Park Mexico City