Secret places in Mexico City that you should know
Part 1: The Murals of Mexico City

Mexico City is so big that it is almost impossible to know it all and thanks to that it is easy to get lost in this incredible places. The cultural richness is as vast as its hidden secrets. 

 

In this first issue we will show you some beautiful murals where you can admire the hidden historic secrets that are captured in different corners of Mexico City. 

When we talk about muralism, we allude to the artistic, and also social, movement that originated in Mexico in the early twentieth century. After the end of the Mexican Revolution, a group of intellectuals began to capture, as a mural, much more radical demands. It was a critique of a social nature that sought a revolution, but this time, political and economic.

Here are some of the most beautiful ones:

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1) Dream of a Sunday afternoon at the Alameda Central Park 

Our visit starts with an historical mural that describes in a  Ssntesis the mexican history from the XVI century to the first half of XX century.

Painted by the hand of Diego Rivera with the help Of Rina Lazo it was created In 1947.

Originally Located At The Former El Prado Hotel it is the main work on permanent display of the Diego Rivera Mural Museum.

 

The mural depicts famous people and events in the history of Mexico, passing through the Alameda Central park in Mexico City. Some notable figures include Frida KahloJosé Guadalupe PosadaFrancisco I. MaderoBenito JuárezSor Juana Inés de la CruzPorfirio DíazAgustín de IturbideIgnacio Manuel AltamiranoMaximilian I of MexicoJuan de ZumárragaAntonio López de Santa AnnaWinfield ScottVictoriano HuertaJosé MartíManuel Gutiérrez NájeraHernán CortésNicolás Zúñiga y Miranda, and La Malinche.

"After the end of the Mexican Revolution, a group of intellectuals began to capture, as a mural, much more radical demands.."
Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 Diego Rivera
Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 Diego Rivera

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Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 - Diego Rivera
Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 - Diego Rivera

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Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 - Diego Rivera
Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 - Diego Rivera

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Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 Diego Rivera
Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central - 1947 Diego Rivera

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"The mural depicts famous people and events in the history of Mexico, passing through the Alameda Central park in Mexico City.."
Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico CityBellas_Artes_01
Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico CityBellas_Artes_01

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Alegoría del viento - 1928 Roberto Montenegro
Alegoría del viento - 1928 Roberto Montenegro

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Katharsis - 1934–1935 José Clemente Orozco
Katharsis - 1934–1935 José Clemente Orozco

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Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico CityBellas_Artes_01
Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico CityBellas_Artes_01

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2) Re-discover the treasures placed In the walls of a Gem: The Palace of Fine Arts
The construction of the Palace started In 1904 and was interrupted during the mexican revolution it was not completed and inaugurated until 1934.

It is considered the most important in the manifestation of the arts in Mexico and one of the most renowned opera houses in the world.

The Palace also showed what at that time was the maximum representation of the national plastic: muralism.

The Murals were Designed and painted between the years of 1938 and 1963 by several known mexican artists of the Century such as: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros. Rufino Tamayo and Jorge Gonzalez Camarena among others.

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"The murals were designed and painted between the years of 1938 and 1963 by several known mexican artists of the Century."

Its a complex interpretation to admire these master pieces without the assistance of a knowledgest surrounded by the beauty of the building with its design of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Its a great impression when you access the lobby of this building and will be even bigger standing infront of each of the master pieces, depicting the mexican history from the angle of the artist.

3) Visit the heart and oldest section of the Centro Historico,
the Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market

 

Art for the people: 

Built in 1934 by the president Abelardo L. Rodriguez, his idea was to create a civic center that apart from being a market had a nursery, a theater for the people and a library.

 

Between 1934 and 1936 Diego Rivera's students - most of them foreign people -  painted several murals on its walls, in which they expressed a discourse on the exploitation of workers, peasants and townspeople. The murals focus on the working class, as do the life of the markets.

The art mix with the fruit and veggie stands among other groceries, you will be amazed with the art expression.

It is a unique place in a unique zone.

Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market
Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market

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Los alimentos y su distribución sobre el canal de la viga
Los alimentos y su distribución sobre el canal de la viga

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Pedro Rendon mural
Pedro Rendon mural

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Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market
Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market

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"Between 1934 and 1936 Diego Rivera's students - most of them foreign people -  painted several murals on its walls,."
Secretary of Public Education Building
Secretary of Public Education Building

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La mecanizacion del campo
La mecanizacion del campo

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El trapiche
El trapiche

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Secretary of Public Education Building
Secretary of Public Education Building

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4) Visit the headquarters of the Secretary of Public Education, an educational treasure

 

The current building was home to the Convent of the Incarnation and the Royal Customs. In 1921, it became the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Education and Plastic Arts. In that same year, Diego Rivera was summoned to decorate the enclosure, turning all the walls of its multiple corridors into a mural artistic area. With most of the designs made by Diego and the help of his many disciples, this impressive artistic ensemble was completed.

"Diego Rivera was summoned to decorate the enclosure, turning all the walls of its multiple corridors into a mural artistic area."

5) El Cárcamo in the Chapultepec Forest 

In the second section of the Chapultepec Forest, there is a building that serves as a tribute to water. The design was in charge of Ricardo Rivas, who commissioned Diego Rivera the murals. The entrance and interior are adorned with "Water, the Origin of Life," the name of the impressive mural. Its meaning lies in the human functions of water, from the legacy of Tlaloc to the current care of it.

Carcamo de Chapultepec
Carcamo de Chapultepec

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Carcamo de Chapultepec
Carcamo de Chapultepec

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Carcamo de Chapultepec
Carcamo de Chapultepec

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Carcamo de Chapultepec
Carcamo de Chapultepec

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