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SF's Mexican Museum designs gallery dedicated to Diego Rivera

SF's Mexican Museum designs gallery dedicated to Diego Rivera

Posted by Juan Gavasa on November 18, 2014

"Everything that can be done in California, and in the United States in general, to expand the knowledge of Mexico's art and culture is an excellent idea," Guadalupe Rivera Marin said.

"And a gallery with my father's name, in a way, obliges us in Mexico to support the gallery's operation and success," said Rivera Marin, who lives in Mexico City. Diego Rivera (1886-1957), a major figure among modern muralists, produced large depictions of social issues on the walls of government and other public buildings.

Promotion and fundraising activities are planned to support the construction of the new gallery starting in 2015, Rivera Marin said. "We already selected an architect, Enrique Norton from Mexico, and we have decided on the museum's size and we discuss now de galleries' internal design," Andrew Kluger, chairman of the Mexican Museum's board of directors, told Efe.

The new museum venue will have 13 main galleries, now in the stage of being named, and the two first names chosen were those of Diego Rivera and Nelson Rockefeller. "Diego Rivera was chosen, obviously, because he was a great Mexican artist and his daughter Guadalupe has been one of the museum's leaders," Kluger said. "And Nelson Rockefeller because he was a great admirer of Mexican art. Eight-hundred out of 15,000 works of art we have were donated by the Rockefeller family."

"Once completed, the new venue of the Mexican Museum will appeal to wider national and international audiences expanding the understanding and appreciation of Latino culture in the United States and around the world," said Ann Rockefeller Roberts, a daughter of Nelson Rockefeller, who was a friend and admirer of Rivera's.

Rivera Marin, 90, says the project's promotion is, in itself, a chance to make his father's art better known among young people in the United States.

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