Diego Rivera Mural in Acapulco

This mural by Diego Rivera is located on the facade of one of the houses that is considered a treasure of contemporary Mexican history. The mural now belongs to Mrs. Dolores Olmedo and was created in 1956, made with colored mosaics, stones and seashells.

Mural de Diego Rivera en Acapulco

Considered one of the most important works of cultural art in Acapulco

The mural was one of the last works the artist created before his death. It features the Quetzalcoatl Feathered Serpent (Feathered Serpent of Quetzalcoatl), an Aztec god who was forced to leave these lands by his enemies but who promised to return one day.

History

Between 1956 and 1957, Rivera lived in Acapulco while recovering from cancer and it was then that he created the works found here. This house represents a cultural heritage and is a living witness to the art of Diego Rivera in Acapulco.

You can see the mural located on the exterior wall called Exekatlkalli, a sculptural painting where you can see the gods Quetzalcóatl and Tlaloc, of the Aztec culture. Quetzalcóatl, the God of gods, the most important deity of the pre-Hispanic peoples, was represented with the proverbial mastery of Rivera and, finally, it was covered with a mosaic for his preservation.

Dolores Olmedo Patino was born in Mexico City on December 14, 1908 and died in July 2002. Diego made a nude painting of Dolores Olmedo, a 12-year-old girl, much to the chagrin of her mother, teacher Maria Patino Suárez.

In gratitude, Diego created along the exterior wall of his house, originally called The House of the Winds, a mosaic depicting Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god’s feathered serpent, and Xoloitzcuintle, the pre-Hispanic dog.

The gardener allowed us inside to see the mosaics on the tiled roof. Lola (Lolita) was Diego’s sweet term for Dolores Olmedo. Diego was born in Guanajuato, “The place of the frogs” and Olmedo’s loving words for Diego were “You are my beloved frog”.

A frog like him, a dove symbolizing his love for the country and the hammer and sickle that embrace his communism adorn the ceiling. A nice pre-Hispanic xoloitzcuintle dog with hairless black sensitive skin, with whiskers on his face and no teeth (a genetic peculiarity) walked through the garden