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  • ICAA Record ID
    760405
    TITLE
    Integración plástica en la cámara de distribución del agua del Lerma, tema medular : el agua origen de la vida en la tierra = Plastic Integration in the Lerma waters distribution chambers : theme : “Water” : origin of life on the earth / Diego Rivera
    IN
    Espacios : revista integral de Arquitectura y Artes Plásticas (México, D. F., México). -- No. 9 (Feb. 25, 1952)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. [69-74], [75-85]
    LANGUAGES
    English; Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rivera, Diego. "Integración plástica en la cámara de distribución del agua del Lerma, tema medular: el agua origen de la vida en la tierra= Plastic integration in the Lerma waters distribution chambers: theme: "water": origin of life on the earth." Espacios: revista integral de arquitectura y artes plásticas (México D.F., México), no. 9 (February 25, 1952).
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Tláloc
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Synopsis

The Río Lerma embankment project gave Diego Rivera, as he acknowledges in this article, the chance to combine painting with sculpture by making both coexist under water, an environment that would endow his forms and figures with movement. This combination of sculpture and painting was created in the lake in the Chapultepec woods, where Rivera substituted water for air as his medium of communication. This article describes the themes in Rivera’s project that was created with mosaics and featured the different races, the origins of each, and how they interbred until they formed the Aryan superman. Rivera refers to the ideas of Count Gobineau, Goebbels, and Hitler.  

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Espacios magazine pays tribute to Diego Rivera by publishing his essay on the painting-sculptures he created in the Río Lerma basin. Rivera cleverly inserts the subject of his mural into the discussion on the integration of the visual arts that—in 1952—was being disputed by abstract and realist painters. The different formal vocabularies favored by each side formed the basis of their disagreement.   

Researcher
Esther Acevedo
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
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Univesidad Nacional Autónoma de México. México D. F., México