Mexican Muralism


Diego Rivera, detail from The Great City of Tenochtitlan (1945). Palacio Nacional de México, Mexico City

Mexican muralism was a movement in mural painting. As such, it was inherently public. Mexican muralism began in 1920 with the end of the Mexican Revolution and it promoted national unity across social and economic lines. The movement promoted knowledge of Mexico’s Indigenous history and served as inspiration for the Chicano art movement in the United States.

Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros are considered the “big three” Mexican muralists.


Image: Diego Rivera, detail from The Great City of Tenochtitlan (1945). Palacio Nacional de México, Mexico City

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