Join Travelian and an extraordinary team of guides for this stimulating art and history tour. This expedition has been carefully designed by Dirk Bakker (Photographer of Diego Rivera’s complete works for Conculta in the 1980s) and Colleen Besman, our Travelian Tour Leader. Hope Palmer, Art Historian, will provide explanations of many of Diego’s works and open our minds for a spectacular visit to the Zona Maco International Art Fair. For two of the major mural sites, we have invited an expert from UNAM to join our team.
Mexico has always been absorbed with art as a means to express political discourse, both in its fearless celebration of death and as a strong voice against corruption. This art and history tour will offer an opportunity to grasp the depth and complexity of Mexico’s uniqueness.
Diego Rivera, widely regarded as the most influential Mexican artist of the twentieth century, was truly a larger-than-life figure who spent significant periods of his career in Europe and the U.S., in addition to his native Mexico. Together with David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco, Rivera was a founder and leading member of the Mexican Muralist movement. He deployed a style influenced by European modern masters and influenced also by Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage. In painting true frescoes, Rivera handled major themes appropriate to the scale of this chosen art form: social inequality, the relationship of nature, industry and technology, and the history and fate of Mexico. More than half a century after his death, Rivera is still among the most revered figures in Mexico, celebrated for both his role in the country’s artistic renaissance and re-invigoration of the mural genre, as well as for his outsized persona. Visit six of his major mural sites on this exploration.
Another important figure in Mexico’s art and architectural history is Luis Barragan. Appreciate the Luis Barragán House and Studio, also known as Casa Luis Barragán for a reserved tour. It is the former residence of Barragan and retains his original furniture, personal objects and art collection, reflecting his emotional modernist design style. It is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because it is one of the most influential and representative examples of modern Mexican architecture, integrating traditional and vernacular elements and mixing various philosophical and artistic tendencies of the mid-20th century.
A further exciting surprise for art enthusiasts on this tour will be the remarkable Zona Maco, Latin America’s most important Contemporary Art Fair, held in Mexico City. Annually, the fair offers artworks from more than a hundred international galleries and cultural institutions. This art extravaganza is an enlightening opportunity for everyone, whether they be admirers of art or serious collectors.
On our route back to San Miguel de Allende, venture into the ancient Teotihuacan Archeological site. After understanding Diego Rivera’s murals depicting his vision of early indigenous life in Mexico, visiting this site offers an astonishing experience and fuels a sense of wonder about Mexico’s ancient history.
Take in this dazzling art and history adventure while enjoying delicious cuisine at carefully chosen restaurants, and rest in style at our excellent hotel in the heart of the Mexico City’s Historic Center! Travel in comfort and safety with a small group of travelers in a Mercedes Benz van with Travelian’s friendly professional guides for this peak art and history experience!