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Thursday March 1, 2012

Diego Rivera Sketches Get a Facelift in Mexico

Diego Rivera Sketches Get a Facelift in Mexico

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Four sketches made by Mexican artist Diego Rivera in the 1930s for New York’s Rockefeller Center are being restored with a grant from Bank of America, the Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum said.

The sketches, which are part of the holdings of the Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum, were deteriorating due to the effects of humidity and the temperature in the gallery, the museum said in a statement.

The four pieces “reveal, on the one hand, the work of one of the best known Mexican artists in the world and, on the other, a key time in history and the socio-political environment of the 1930s,” the museum said.

The works being restored, all of which are on paper, are “El hombre en el cruce de caminos” (sketches a and b), “El agua, origen de la vida” and “El hombre tecnico.”

Restoration work began on Jan. 23 and is about 60 percent finished, with completion of the project expected on April 6.

Bank of America is paying for the works’ restoration via an art conservation program for Latin America.

“It is an honor to support the restoration of these four pieces which are part of the history of Diego Rivera, of Latin America and of the world,” Bank of America vice president for corporate social responsibility Marcella Lembert said.

About 70 percent of the grant provided by the bank will be used to restore the sketches and the rest of the mony will go toward a project at the Frida Kahlo Museum, Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum director Hilda Trujillo said.

The Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum has an important collection of 17 Rivera sketches, of which 10 have been restored in recent years, as well as sketchbooks and drawings.

Diego Rivera (1886-1957), considered one of the icons of Mexican art, was married to fellow artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).