Mexican Muralism & The Search for a National Identity

Type of Tour:

City Tour

Theme:

Architecture

Location:

Mexico City

Duration:

4 Hours

Mode of Transportation:

VW Beetle convertible or VW classic Combi bus with a guide & driver

Visited Places:

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), Bellas Artes, Murals in the city center, La Roma and more.

Availability:

Everyday

Price per person:

$95.00 USD

Description

Our 4-hour Murals & Street Art Tour will have you discover the complex journey Mexico undertook to break from its colonial past and define itself in the modern world. Through the historic murals of some of Mexico’s most important artists, and the contemporary graffiti and street art scene today, gain insight into the country’s past and present, its politics, its socio economic evolution, and ongoing struggle to forge itself a national identity.

Detailed Itinerary

During the course of our 4-hour Murals & Street Art Tour, plunge into Mexico City's vibrant mural and street art scene from a historical/sociological/anthropological point of view, with an artist as a guide. Since the beginning of pictorial representation, painting has been an essential part of history and political story telling. Mexico is no exception. Soon after Mexico became an independent country, questions of national identity surfaced. After the revolution the notion of Mexican identity became a political priority. The government funded several artists, some of whom became, arguably, the most influential artists in Mexican history, known today as the big three (Siqueiros, Orozco, Rivera). During the course of our 4-hour tour, we will focus on how those artists introduced a sort of visual Mexican mythology that continues to have strong implications in the nation's iconography and even in the street art scene today. Revolution; action and reactions, discover how public art reflects cultural realities and political intentions.

Tour Highlights

  • Gain insight into the origins of the Mexican muralism movement
  • Explore Mexico's past and present, its politics and socio economic evolution through murals and street art
  • Discover the works of the big 3 (Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco) and the new generation muralists
  • Learn about the different styles and the techniques used
  • Tour different neighborhoods and enjoy the vibe of a city in the company of an artist and guide

What does the tour include?

Your tour includes:

  • Transportation in a Beetle convertible or VW vintage Combi bus
  • Your driver & guide during the 4-hour tour
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off

 

Not included in your tour are:

  • Meals
  • Purchases you may choose to make along the way
  • Gratuities you may choose to give at your discretion

Rest & Conditions

  • Adult (Shared Tour) $95.00
  • Adult (Private Tour) $110.00
  • Child (Private Tour) $55.00
  • Child (Shared Tour) $47.50
  • Adult (Solo Passenger Tour) $210.00

Map & Directions

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