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MODERN MURAL PAINTINGS

MODERN MURAL PAINTINGS
Mexico City, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

Jose Vasconcelas, Mexico’s first Minister of Education following the country’s revolution, saw the value of public art as a vehicle to foster civic pride and national spirit. Thus, he commissioned a series of murals throughout Mexico City to convey cultural ideals and instill a strong sense of community for a country still recovering from conflict. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2001, WMF, with support from Friends of Heritage Preservation, collaborated with the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts to conserve Montenegro’s masterpiece, The Feast of the Holy Cross. Extensive investigations revealed that soil deposits in the lower levels of the building were a significant source of the dampness in the building that was damaging the mural. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Roberto Montenegro’s masterpiece mural The Feast of the Holy Cross captures a moment in Mexican history when, immediately following the revolution, the government sought to unify a war-torn country through public art. The ideals expressed within the murals offer insight into the social and cultural climate of Mexico in that era. (...)