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  • ICAA Record ID
    786065
    TITLE
    Carta a Jorge Enciso / David Alfaro Siqueiros
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Mecanuscrito – Letters
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro to Jorge Enciso, September 11, 1944. Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In a letter to Jorge Enciso, addressed to the Dirección de Monumentos Nacionales [National Monuments Administration], Siqueiros announces that Javier Rojo Gómez has commissioned him to paint murals in the tower of what was known as the former Customs Building. He recognizes that the Mexican government is no longer sponsoring mural painting in facilities, even though that was what made Mexican art famous. In accepting the commission, Siqueiros admits to being fully aware of what it means to respect colonial buildings while one is working on them, indicating that only one window opening has been sealed off and what was left of the coat of arms has been removed. He claims that the coat of arms had been damaged during an earlier restoration project, and all that remained was the cross. He explains that he will use modern materials to work on this enormous cubic space.

Annotations

David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) recognizes the emergence of a second phase of mural painting, though not at a conscious level. Mural painting’s roots can be traced back to the post-revolutionary movement that sought to unify the country, when symbolic expression played a crucial role. By 1944, the parameters had changed and murals were only being painted on walls in colonial buildings because of the success enjoyed by the muralist movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Now, in the 1940s, a consolidated form of mural painting would seem to be in order. In fact, Siqueiros devotes more of the letter to criticizing restorations that did away with colonial buildings than to the subject matter or nature of his mural. 

Researcher
Esther Acevedo : Dirección de Estudios Históricos, INAH / CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros