WHAT IS THE CITY OF ARTS?

In his text “”Exhibition for a project for the City of the Arts” (1945-1950) Diego Rivera sustained that the Anahuacalli ought to form part of a series of buildings and plazas. In this project, he proposed the following:

  • A Museum of Mexican Art in Action, to consist of nine spaces.
  • A great square measuring one thousand meters on each side, with a stage at the center where shows of dance, theater and indigenous and civic celebrations would be held, in such a way that all the folk festivals held in different parts of the country may be concentrated there.
  • Around this square there would be flat-roofed porticoes, in the pre-Hispanic style, where workshops of artisans located in the four cardinal directions may be housed, in keeping with the regions of the country.
  • Surrounding the square there would be museums of Architecture, Music and Dance, as well as concert forums, experimental theater, and a cinema. In these chambers of the arts, free workshops for artists would be held.
  • In addition, there would be a great hall for permanent exhibitions.
  • The construction would respect the unevenness of the terrain, giving it “a very special character and great beauty.” One of his ideas was to get the young people out of schools and connect them with folk ark in such a way that the Anahucalli would truly become a community dedicated to the arts.

Inspired by Diego’s project, which he was unable to bring to fruition, the Museo Anahuacalli seeks to propose activities that connect the Museum to its community and form part of the trends of contemporary art and various artistic disciplines.

In his text “”Exhibition for a project for the City of the Arts” (1945-1950) Diego Rivera sustained that the Anahuacalli ought to form part of a series of buildings and plazas. In this project, he proposed the following:

  • A Museum of Mexican Art in Action, to consist of nine spaces.
  • A great square measuring one thousand meters on each side, with a stage at the center where shows of dance, theater and indigenous and civic celebrations would be held, in such a way that all the folk festivals held in different parts of the country may be concentrated there.
  • Around this square there would be flat-roofed porticoes, in the pre-Hispanic style, where workshops of artisans located in the four cardinal directions may be housed, in keeping with the regions of the country.
  • Surrounding the square there would be museums of Architecture, Music and Dance, as well as concert forums, experimental theater, and a cinema. In these chambers of the arts, free workshops for artists would be held.
  • In addition, there would be a great hall for permanent exhibitions.
  • The construction would respect the unevenness of the terrain, giving it “a very special character and great beauty.” One of his ideas was to get the young people out of schools and connect them with folk ark in such a way that the Anahucalli would truly become a community dedicated to the arts.

Inspired by Diego’s project, which he was unable to bring to fruition, the Museo Anahuacalli seeks to propose activities that connect the Museum to its community and form part of the trends of contemporary art and various artistic disciplines.