The exhibition

The exhibition is designed to show an artistic project that never took place. The exhibition "Orozco Rivera Siqueiros. Mexican Painting" was slated to be opened on 13th September 1973. In this exhibition, resulting from the renewed friendship between Mexico and Chile, the Chilean public was to be presented with the collection of Mexican avant-garde art owned by Alvar Carrillo Gil and his wife Carmen Tejero. However, the opening had to be cancelled following Augusto Pinochet’s coup d’etat, which took place in those days. The exhibition was therefore put off, thus becoming known as the ‘exposicion pendiente’. After more than 40 years, this extraordinary collection was finally exhibited first in Chile (2015), then in Argentina (2016), in Peru (2017) and now in Italy.

The exhibition features about 70 works created by the three great masters José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, also known as ‘Los Tres Grandes’, all of them prominent figures of Mexican and international culture. Their Mexican avant-garde art strongly contributed to 20th century artistic movements.

In this exhibition, which puts on show some less known works and experiments such as sketches for murals and large drawings by these three masters, visitors will be able to gain a better understanding of their artistic achievements.

The collection was born in the '30s out of the mutual passion for Mexican avant-garde of Carrillo Gil and his wife. It almost entirely features oils and drawings with great political commitment documenting the creative and political spirit that characterized Rivera’s, Orozco’s and Siqueiros’ art as leading protagonists of Mexican modernity, both on a national and international level. In addition to the works on display, there is an extensive documentation of the original murals, using modern HD video animation technology, to let visitors admire and locate the main works by the three muralists in the various Mexican cities.

Finally, a photographic collection documenting the overlapping artistic and political events of the three masters with the artist Frida Kahlo completes the exhibition. It consists of 50 vintage photos, taken by relatives and friends of famous artists and photographers including Frida's father, Guillermo Kahlo, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Nickolas Muray, Ernesto Reyes, Ansel Adams and Juan Guzman.

Los Tres Grandes

José Clemente Orozco

José Clemente Orozco was born on November 23 1883 in Ciudad Guzmán. The artist shows a great interest for the art practice since his early age and, after a short period at the School of Agricultural Science and Architecture, he enters the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City.

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Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera was born on December 8 1886 in Guanajuato. In 1892, he moves with his family to Mexico City where he enters the Antigua Academia de San Carlos.
Here, he is awarded with a number of prices, among which a scholarship to travel to Europe.

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David Alfaro Siqueiros

David Alfaro Siqueiros was born in Chihuahua on December 29 1896. Siqueiros’ artistic practice is intimately bound to his political militancy.
The artist is a member of the Communist Party and participates in the Mexican Revolution and in the Spanish Civil War.

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ProjectDIEGO RIVERA - WOMAN IN GREEN, 1916 oil on canvas 155.5 × 115 × 5.5 cm - Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

Paintings by the Great Muralists and Life Snapshots of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
Palazzo Ducale - Appartamento del Doge - Piazza Matteotti 9, 16123 Genova
23th May 2018 through 9th September 2018

Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: from 10.30 am to 10:00 pm
Monday: closed
The ticket office closes one hour before closing time

Tickets (audio guide included):
Standard ticket: € 12.00
Discounted ticket: € 10 disabled individuals, teachers, visitors from 14 to 27 years (they must show ID and/or University card), groups of 15 to 25 people, holders of the following cards and concessions: Italian Touring Club, Arci, FeltrinelliCard, holders of Carlo Felice Theater and Teatro Stabile di Genova season ticket, Amici dei Musei e di Palazzo Ducale, Teatro della Tosse Card, Musei di Genova, holders of admission tickets to Musei di Strada Nuova, employees of IREN with one accompanying person, holders of Genoa's hotels discount coupons, holders of AMT annual ticket, Members of Fondazione Ansaldo, conference attendees (they must show badge with name on it) and those presenting a ticket for the exhibition “Antonio Ligabue” (Genova, Loggia degli Abati, Palazzo Ducale until the next 1st July 2018).
Special discounted ticket € 5.00 for schools and children from 6 to 14, CUS card holders all weekday afternoons from 2.00 p.m. every Friday for visitors under 27
Free for children under 6, people accompanying disabled people, journalists and tourist guides, one leader per group, two accompanying teachers per school class, ICOM members

Booking fees:
€ 1.50 for standard, discounted, group tickets
€ 1.00 special discounted tickets for schools, visitors under 18, CUS card holders

Information: Phone (for international calls +39 02 89096942) -

Partners Hotels
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Press Office

ProjectDIEGO RIVERA - FARMER CARRYING A TURKEY, 1944 oil on table, tempera on masonite 36 × 28 cm - Collection of Museo de Arte del Estado de Veracruz

Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura

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