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La mia arte, la mia vita

  • Author: Diego Rivera
  • Edited by: Gladys March
  • Year: 2017
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 220
  • Price: 23,00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-166-2
  • Size: 15,5 x 23 cm
  • Illustrations: 11 b/w and 8 colour

A legendary figure of Mexican muralism, Diego Rivera was many things: a friend of Picasso, an unrepentant womanizer and insatiable lover, a fervent Communist, soon thrown out of the Party, and a self-styled revolutionary artist. In the retelling of some of the salient episodes of his life, collected and written down by the journalist Gladys March, he is also shown to be a narrator incapable of restraining his exuberant imagination. His prose, as with his painting, reveals an overwhelming passion for life and a multi-faceted humanity: he talks of prostitutes and revolutionaries, corrupt politicians and capitalist patrons of the arts, but above all the people of his own country, for whom he always felt a deep love.

After his early attempts as a Cubist painter in Europe, Rivera’s return home was a revelation. Mexico with its blazing colours and intense light, joyful crowds at the market and at fiestas, appeared to him to be a source of irrepressible splendour, and one which he would tap when he portrayed on the enormous walls of Mexican public buildings the political conscience of a nation. He painted scenes of enslavement, social struggle and images of pre-Colombian culture, giving shape to the features of a muralism that would go on to become an international painting movement. The self-portrait that unfurls before our eyes gradually takes on the guise of an open-hearted confession, in which the author takes no prisoners, least of all himself. His version of events finds a countermelody in the voices of the women in his life -- Angelina Beloff, Lupe Marín, Frida Kahlo, who he married twice, and Emma Hurtado (in appendix). On reaching the last page readers can only ask themselves where the truth about this artist lies, an artist who was in the first place an extraordinary storyteller or, in the words of Élie Faure, a mythmaker, or maybe even a mythomaniac.

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Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was one of the most important muralists of the 20th century. Together with Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, he gave expression to an authentic Mexican art through his imposing works of art, which can be seen in the most significant buildings in Mexico City.
A provocative and troublesome artist, throughout his life he attracted controversy and protest, but also the interest of American patrons, including Henry Ford and Nelson Rockefeller, who gave him the opportunity to create some controversial murals in the United States.

Prefazione di Gladys March


Geografia e genealogia
Storia di una capra e di un topolino
Tre anziani gentiluomini accolgono il giovane iconoclasta
Tre aspirazioni
Incomincio a disegnare
Ci trasferiamo a Città del Messico
Scuole
La mia prima esperienza d’amore
Inizio e fine di una carriera militare
L’Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos
I primi maestri
Posada
L’arte preispanica
Un esperimento di cannibalismo
La mia prima borsa di studio
Murillo Atl
Un viaggio pieno di rabbia
Gli amici spagnoli
Paesaggi desolati
Un assegno per ogni dito della mano
Studente d’arte a Parigi
Proprietà privata
Non ho più Cézanne
Gli adoratori del sole di Bruges
Mendicanti con il cappello a cilindro
Un successo relativo
Dov’ero nel 1910

Ritorno a casa!
L’incantesimo
Rivoluzionario con una scatola di colori
Un complotto per assassinare Díaz
Dehesa
Servizio di bordo
Ritrovarsi con Angelina
Picasso
La guerra
La tua pittura non ha niente di diverso da quella degli altri!
Marevna
Una fine e un inizio
In Italia
1921: sono rinato
Lupe
L’apparizione di Frida
Il Rinascimento messicano
La Secretaría de Educación Pública e Chapingo
Hitler
Stalin
Schizzi moscoviti
Un’ispirazione
HP
L’assassinio di Julio Mella
L’espulsione dal Partito
Cuernavaca
Frida diventa mia moglie
La proposta di dipingere nell’edificio della Borsa di San Francisco
Una mostra personale al Museum of Modern Art
Una visita a Henry Ford
La battaglia di Detroit
La tragedia di Frida
Olocausto al Rockefeller Center
Ricostruzione
I nazisti imparano come si tratta con me
Pani perde un occhio
Un invito di Mussolini
Frida: trionfo e angoscia
Trockij
Quella benedetta cravatta

Una visita a Charlie Chaplin
Un omaggio della Marina americana
Ancora Trockij, morto
Una seconda volta con Frida
Più famoso di Wendell Willkie
Pin up in stile da saloon
Una dimora per la mia collezione di statuette
Una domenica al parco Alameda
Il cardinale Dougherty difende il murale
Conseguenze
Sott’acqua
Un’altra polemica
Cancro
Un’altra tempesta
Frida muore
Emma


Testimonianze su Diego Rivera
Angelina Beloff
Lupe Marín
Frida Kahlo
Emma Hurtado