Museo Diego Rivera – ‘Anahuacalli’
Casa de Anáhuac – Coyoacán, Mexico City
Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli or simply Anahuacalli Museum is a museum located in the south of Mexico City.
The unique museum was conceived and created by muralist Diego Rivera, who, motivated by his own interest in the Mexican culture collected near 60 thousand prehispanic pieces during his life and projected a building to place and exhibit them. It was completed after his death by architects Juan O’Gorman and Heriberto Pagelson and Rivera’s own daughter, Ruth. Built of black volcanic stone, it takes the form of a pyramid. The museum articles are collected from almost every indigenous civilisation in Mexico’s history. The word Anahuacalli means something like, ‘House of Mexico’, ‘house around of water’ or ‘house around the lake’. Anáhuac was the old Aztec name for the valley of Mexico.
After his death, to Mexico Rivera bequeathed Anahuacalli and his and Kahlo’s art studios, all of which are national museums today. However it is his body of work that is his true gift. He not only achieved his goal of bringing art to the people of Mexico, but also brought the art of Mexico to the world.
Front of the Monolith
In the studio