If you are a Diego or Frida fan, there are dozens of venues Mexico City has to offer to get a glimpse into their private spaces, as well as the art work they left for posterity.
Famous muralist Diego Rivera and his no-less-famous painter wife Frida Kahlo lived in Mexico City. Diego’s artistic production is prolific. Most of his mural work is concentrated in downtown Mexico City (the National Palace, San Ildefonso Museum – where the two artists met, the Ministry of Public Education, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Mural Museum in the Alameda Park), but there are his exterior murals in the National University and Insurgentes Theater. Diego’s easel paintings are scattered among several museums in Mexico City (mainly the Dolores Olmedo Museum, the Museum of Art or MUNAL and the Museum of Modern Art). Then, there is his emblematic Studio-Home which has been converted into a museum in San Angel. His atelier, complete with brushes and palates as he left them as well as his bedroom, remain on view. If you are interested in viewing Diego’s murals in Cuernavaca or Chapingo, we can also arrange a day trip.
As for Frida, the quintessential spots to see her work are either the Dolores Olmedo Museum or the Blue House. The Blue House in Coyoacan is where Frida grew up and rendezvoused with famous people of her time. Her home is now a museum showcasing an interesting array of artwork and personal belongings. And of course, the Dolores Olmedo Museum houses an extensive collection of her paintings as well (be aware that her paintings are often on loan so double check before you get your hopes up!).
Mexico City is definitely “Diego-Frida Territory!” We can put together a variety of routes – their homes, their studios, their easel paintings and Diego’s frescos – depending on what it is you are interested in seeing. Let us know.