The Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum

The Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum (HM20NQ)

Location: Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México 04620
Country: Mexico
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N 19° 19.357', W 99° 8.635'

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Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli

"Anahuacalli era el templo donde la humanidad se reunía alrededor de los cuatro elementos naturales: agua, fuego, viento y tierra".Susana Aviña Herrera
El diseño del Anahuacalli - palabra que significa "casa rodeada por aguas o lagos" - fue proyectado por Diego Rivera desde la década de los 40. Pensado para ser un museo y una ciudad de las artes, Rivera utilizó piedra volcánica de este mismo lugar, que se origina con la explosión del volcán Xitle. En este edificio, Diego rinde homenaje a la arquitectura prehispánica, pero además toma elementos funcionalistas e incluso algunos detalles del Art Decó. De igual manera, Diego mantuvo correspondencia con el famoso arquitecto norteamericano Frank Lloyd Wright, con quien intercambió ideas sobre el uso de elementos originarios y la integración arquitectónica con su entorno natural.
La gran explanada representa un patio de origen teotihuacano y constituye un teatro al aire libre, mientras las edificaciones que lo rodean fueron pensadas por Diego para albergar exposiciones, ofrecer enseñanza de las artes y para dar lugar a expresiones de música, danza, pintura o escultura. La forma de la construcción es la de un teocalli. Rivera quiso representar a Quetzalcóatl con las fauces abiertas y sólo pudo supervisar
la edificación del primer nivel del Anahuacalli y su fachada. Gracias a la generosidad de Dolores Olmedo
y al apoyo de Ruth Rivera, Heriberto Pagelson y el arquitecto Juan O'Gorman, fue posible concluirlo.
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The Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum

"The Anahuacalli was the temple where humanity gathered around the four elements: fire, water, wind, and earth."Susana Aviña Herrera
The design of the Anahuacalli - which means "House Surrounded by Water or Lakes" - was planned by Diego Rivera in the 1940s. Conceived from the start as a museum and a city of the arts, Rivera used on-site volcanic rock, which came from the lava flow from the eruption of Mount Xitle. In this building, Diego paid homage to pre-Hispanic architecture, while he also took functionalist elements and even some details from Art Deco. Similarly, Diego corresponded with renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he exchanged ideas on the use of autochthonous elements and the integration of architecture with its natural surroundings.The spacious esplanade represents a patio of Teotihuacan origin and serves as an open-air theater, while the structures surrounding it were devised by Diego to house exhibitions, teach the public about the arts, and serve as a venue for music, dance, painting, and sculpture. The shape
of the construction is that of a teocalli, a pre-Hispanic temple. Rivera wished to represent Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, with its open maw, and he could only supervise the building of the first floor of the Anahuacalli and its façade. Thanks to the generosity of Dolores Olmedo and the support of Ruth Rivera, Heriberto Pagelson and architect Juan O'Gorman, it was possible to conclude it.
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Date Added Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 484882 N 2136531
Decimal Degrees19.32261667, -99.14391667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 19° 19.357', W 99° 8.635'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds19° 19' 21.42" N, 99° 8' 38.1" W
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