Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City

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See some fine examples of the Mexican muralist movement at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. The complex dates back to 1588, when it was founded as a Jesuit college, and later became the national preparatory school. The school closed in 1978, and since 1992 the complex has housed a museum and cultural center. View the original street facade of the college, covered in red volcanic stone, and explore the interior's many murals by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and others. Visit the art and archaeological collections, including permanent and temporary exhibits of local artists. Use our Mexico City trip builder to visit Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso on your trip to Mexico City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 1, 2017
    We went to Guadalajara especially to see the Orozco murals that are housed here and found several other exhibitions as well. But the history of the building is quite sad; it was an orphanage and there...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Visit this place where culture accompanied by science without a doubt you can breathe. The scale and dimension gives it the artists themselves according to what lies in the spirit
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  • July 17, 2017
    After the Palacio Nacional and the Secretaría de Educación Pública, Antiguio Colegio de San Ildefonso is the third stop to understand and live the Mexican muralism. Different citations are given in the former Colegio de San Idelfonso muralists, again Rivera, but Siqueiros, Orozco, and Fermín Revueltas among others. And where stands out the mural stair, there where Hernán Cortes and la Malinche are embraced and naked. The mural "Cortes and la Malinche" can be found on a staircase, to show two figures full of history and legend, painted in a style the traveler is very modern, with only two colors: white and Brown, with shapes are geometric and square. A controversial mural for two controversial figures, Hernán Cortes, the great conqueror, the angel and the devil, la Malinche, the slave and translator of cuts and the indigenous rein: a figure that is highly controversial in Mexico today, because many consider her a traitor. But for others it is the symbolic mother of Mexico. In the mural, Cortes and la Malinche are sitting, naked, as Adam and Eve from the pre-Hispanic era. And a figure at the foot of la Malinche and cuts, of uncertain meaning: for each figure represents the Mexican civilization conquered, and la Malinche and cuts are your winners; for others the figure represents modern Mexico, and Cortes and la Malinche are their parents. This mural, in a colonial building like this, discusses the founding of the Mexican people, and that is one of the most important Mexican murals in our time.
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