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  • ICAA Record ID
    734401
    TITLE
    Yo no miento! : mis afirmaciones en el mural, son exactas / por Diego Rivera
    IN
    Impacto (México, D. F., México). -- Vol. 5, no. 268 (Ene. 29, 1955)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 20-21: ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rivera, Diego. "Yo no miento!: mis afirmaciones en el mural, son exactas." Impacto (Mexico City) 5, no.268 (January 1955): 20-21.
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Synopsis

Diego Rivera insists that what he painted on his transportable mural—titled Gloriosa Victoria [Glorious Victory] and inspired by recent events in Guatemala—was an accurate representation, based on facts provided by reliable sources. Rivera justifies his mural, identifying the people he portrayed and providing a detailed explanation of his reasons for painting them. The article is Rivera’s response to Mario Alvarado Rubio, who accused him of lying about the events depicted in this mural.   

Annotations

In 1953 Jacobo Arbenz (1913-71), the president of Guatemala, started an agrarian revolution in his country, confiscating uncultivated lands from the United Fruit Company and giving them to Guatemalan families. The United Fruit Company, which had for many years controlled the banana business in Central America, felt threatened by the Guatemalan president’s radical move, both in terms of its financial and territorial interests in the region and as it affected certain members of the United States government, who were shareholders in the company. They deemed it undesirable to have a “communist” government in Latin America, so they launched “Operation Guatemala” under the auspices of the CIA. Arbenz was overthrown in 1954, and sought political exile in Mexico. Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas, who had long supported the political goals of the United States in Central America, became the president of Guatemala. Diego Rivera painted Gloriosa Victoria to bear witness to the event; his intention was to show the transportable mural at an exhibition in Warsaw.   The mural is now at the A.S. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.   

Researcher
María Fernanda Arochi : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
D.R. © 2011 Banco de México, “Fiduciario” en el Fideicomiso relativo a los Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional