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Anahuacalli Museum

Coyoacan / Images of Coyoacan / Attractions of Mexico City

Neighborhood: Coyoacan
Address:  Museo 150
Metro: Xotepingo
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.

 

Built from the same rocks on which it stands, the Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum, the name meaning “House of the Anahuac” or “House of the Valley of Mexico”, is a very important artistic centre in which volcanic rock walls, taluses and other indigenous architectonic elements highlight our pre-Hispanic past and bring it back into the future.

This museum was designed by the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera with the intent of housing his vast collection of pre-Hispanic pieces, one of the largest in the country; pieces he collected throughout his life and which were an aesthetic inspiration for his work. Taking elements from Teotihuacan and Aztec architecture, Diego Rivera planned this space for the expression of different art forms like theatre, dance, painting and music,  submerged in an atmosphere where architecture is a search for the essence of Mexico, through its rich pre-columbine past.  

This interesting museum was inaugurated after the death of its author thanks to the support of his friend and patroness Dolores Olmedo Pati๑o who transformed Rivera’s dream into reality in 1964. Today, apart from Diego Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic pieces, the museum also houses galleries for temporary exhibitions and a shop.  A large central plaza serves as a stage for theatrical and musical representations, as well as for diverse social events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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