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Diego Rivera Murals Exhibition Opens at MoMA

On view from November 13, 2011, to May 14, 2012, the exhibition will reunite five “portable murals”-freestanding frescoes with bold images commemorating events in Mexican history-that were made for a monographic exhibition of the artist’s work at the Museum in 1931.

The exhibition also features three eight-foot working drawings, a prototype “portable mural” made in 1930, as well as smaller working drawings, watercolors, and prints by Rivera. It will also include design drawings for his infamous Rockefeller Center mural, a project Rivera began to discuss with the Rockefellers while in residence at the Museum. Comprising works from MoMA’s collection and loans from private and public collections in the United States and Mexico, Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art is organized by Leah Dickerman, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art. MoMA is the exhibition’s sole venue.

Accompanying the murals and drawings, the exhibition will feature archival materials, including designs and photographs drawn from MoMA’s archives, related to the commission and production of the works.

Image: Diego Rivera, Frozen Assets. 1931-32. Fresco on reinforced cement in a galvanized-steel framework, 93 ¾ x 74” (238 x 88 cm). Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico © 2011 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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