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Anahuacalli Museum

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In Mexico city quite a few museums, but among them a special position, Anahuacalli Museum or, as it is called, the Diego Rivera Museum. It is dedicated to the life and work of the famous Mexican painter, as one would think. His pride is a huge collection of pre-Columbian art, which belonged to Diego Rivera. Strange name of the Museum - Anahuacalli - translated from the Indian language as "the House that rises from the water."

In 1920, after returning from Europe, Rivera became interested in the art of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, who lived in isolation and, accordingly, had their own cultural traditions. Acquainted with collectors of art, Rivera began to invest in the acquisition of native American artifacts. Soon his collection consisted of 50 thousand exhibits. To store this collection, the artist decided to build a separate structure, which would be its architecture resembled the buildings of the culture of Teotihuacan. He also planned to live here.

The project of the building, reminiscent of an Indian pyramid, developed by the friend of Rivera, the architect Juan O'gorman. The construction of the building of the future Museum began in 1942 and ended in 1964. By the time Diego Rivera was already dead. The walls are made of natural stone gray-black color that makes this building even more similar to the temples of the Indians.

In the main hall often hosts various cultural events: concerts, temporary exhibitions, etc.

After the death of the owner of the collection in the concept of the Museum was made some changes. In addition to archaeological findings, there are also items made by folk craftsmen.