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  • ICAA Record ID
    783837
    TITLE
    Los Judas / Diego Rivera
    IN
    Espacios (México, D. F). -- No. 3 (Primavera, 1949)
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rivera, Diego. "Los Judas." Espacios (Mexico City), no.3 (Spring 1949): n.p.
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Synopsis

Diego Rivera champions the collective genius given to the Mexicans, which has been the source of hundreds of thousands of works, made by the individuals that make up the Mexican people. The temporary nature of this artwork has characterized it since prehistoric times, though interrupted by the oppressors during the conquest. The tradition of “los judas” [huge puppets] is added to traditions of Easter Saturday, a feast day in the Catholic calendar. “Los judas” are artworks destined to annihilation, to be sacrificed, blown up for the pure happiness and mere diversion of the people. They are conceived and executed by carpenters, bricklayers, stevedores, peasants, with no artistic purpose other than play: what will happen when the works are burned. Their structures are made up of giant reeds, and they are made of humble materials that are highly fragile, strengthened by the paper that lines them, generally newsprint. “Los judas” are a great lesson for Mexican artists.

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Diego Rivera (1886–1957) sees a great lesson for artists in popular arts, since popular artwork is ephemeral and does not have high market value. The work is anonymous and the design of each work is often based on a pattern. To Rivera, these creative inventions by the people were valuable, and he would use them as a basis for his paintings.

The photographs that accompany the article, taken by Lola Álvarez Bravo, show a sequence in the process of manufacturing “los judas.”

Researcher
Esther Acevedo : Dirección de Estudios Históricos, INAH / 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
Biblioteca Lino Picaseño de la Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México