You'll discover the '3 Greats' of BELLAS ARTES PALACE - large scale, representative murals by DIEGO RIVERA, OROZCO and SIQUEIROS. Each of whom had a distinct political agenda about molding a new Mexican National Identity through art. Rafa will then guide you to a very special market called Abelardo Rodriguez which is NOT all a famous spot, but IS a local treasure. It is a traditional, active market, PACKED with works by Rivera's best students, including the hidden murals of 30's art stars the Greenwood Sisters-hailing from NY. Also>>> Mon-Fri: Rafa gets you past the security guards & Xray machines, to enter the Ministry of Education, whose private offices are PACKED with Diego RIVERA frescos. This are classic RIVERAS; floor to ceiling narratives depicting Mexican history. OR Weekends: Visit the charming blue & white novo-spanish baroque home of Count del Valle de Orizaba (aka La Casa de los Azulejos) where you'll discover the fresco-style hidden mural of José Clemente Orozco. It references the rather romantic hopes and dreams of a newly established aristocratic society in Mexico City. Do you know who Diego Rivera dubbed “The Greatest Living Women Mural Painters” ? Clue: sadly it wasn't Frida. Rafa will take you to see these womens' works to see if you agree with Rivera's verdict!
I'm Laura Ainscough, Founder of Stylewalk MX. Our professional guide, Rafael Rios, is the co-host for this art-history walking tour. Rafa is an accessible, friendly expert in both Art History & Mexican History. For 15 years Rafa was Official Guide at the National Palace (home to Diego RIVERA's famous, massive mural -'The History of Mexico'). During this time he was responsible for introducing diplomatic officials, international academics and a plethora of visiting Diego Rivera fans to the art history of Mexico. Rafa was also Staff Writer for 'Efímera' for 10 years - a monthly Mexican Culture & History national publication. Rafa originally got into guiding and writing because he is an avid reader. The more he read, the more he became interested in Mexican culture, and to question its often contradictory idiosyncracies!
A bottle of water to combat the altitude!
The experience is located in Mexico City's most historically important area: downtown CENTRO HISTORICO. On weekends, you'll go to La Casa de Azulejos Alternatively, Monday-Friday, you'll go to The Secretary of Education Building. Abelardo Rodriguez Traditional Food Market Bellas Artes Palace Rafa has also chosen these sites because they are architecturally magnificent buildings - noteworthy unto themselves- and a spatial joy for art lovers
You don't need to be an art expert or intellectual or historian to enjoy this tour. All are welcome! Alternatively if you are geeky, Rafa will happily go in depth for you. He tailors his answers to the question.