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Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros

Founded in Mexico City in 1969
Director: Taiyana Pimentel

The Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (SAPS), located in the neighborhood of Polanco in Mexico City, and the Casa Estudio La Tallera David Alfaro Siqueiros (La Tallera) in Cuernavaca, Morelos, were donated to “the people of Mexico” by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), along with an important collection of paintings, graphic works, drawings, mural studies and projects, as well as his personal archive and library.

On December 12, 1973, 25 days before he died, he expressed his desire that these spaces were preserved to promote his work and ideas, as centers of analysis and experimentation for the “public art” of the future.

In the late fifties, the Siqueiros family acquired the property in Polanco due to its proximity to the Chapultepec Castle, where the artist was at the time creating the mural Del Porfirismo a la Revolución (1957-66). On August 9th of 1960, this project was abandoned because he was charged with the crime of “social dissolution.” The muralist was imprisoned. During this time, the house received countless writings, pamphlets, advertisements and statements of solidarity from the international community, which demanded his freedom. When he left prison, on July 13, 1964, Siqueiros finished the mural, and built a house and workshop in the city of Cuernavaca. There, he lived and executed the mural La Marcha de la Humanidad (1971-73), currently located at the Polyforum Siqueiros.

With the notion of turning the house into a center for theorization and innovation for future generations, Siqueiros transformed the Polanco house to the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros on January 29, 1969. The architectural changes to the house allowed him to paint Maternidad (1971-73) y Mural para una escuela del Estado de México (1971-73). Also, the artist painted on the walls and ceilings of the living room traces british columbia live web camsveiw msn webcams without ppl noingblowing rock web cam

of the muralLa marcha de la humanidad. In the rooms on the first floor, he also created photomontages and dynamic strokes that pertain to other of his murals.

Between 1974 and 1988, the Trust David Alfaro Siqueiros was formed to manage this important legacy, which was directed by Angelica Arenal (1909-1989), widow of the painter. Upon the dissolution of the trust, the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and La Tallera became part of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (the National Fine Arts Institute), which has since been responsible for the collection.

Latest Exhibits
20.09/2012 – 12.05/2013 – David Alfaro Siqueiros – La Tallera. Fábrica en movimiento
20.09/2012 – 12.05/2013 – Quién era Siqueiros? 1896 – 1932
22.06/2013 – 02.03/2014 – Miguel Ángel Rojas – El camino corto
27.09/2014 – 11.01/2015 – Rubén Ortiz Torres – Bandera negra
29.03 – 29.06/2014 – InSite: Cuatro ensayos de lo público sobre otro escenario
31.01 – 12.04/2015 – Mario García Torres en colaboración con Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio – Me suena a aislamiento

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