The Diego Rivera Studio House, in Mexico City’s San Angel area, is one of the most interesting visits in the busy streams of streets that fill the city.
A novelty in its day, the house’s rooms and gardens still keep the original freshness of the design that architect Juan O’Gorman infused into his work, making it an emblematic example of functionalist architecture in Latin America.
Made up by a set of two houses, joined by an exterior passageway. One house was for Frida, the other for Diego, each with its own studio. O’Gorman designed the houses in the minimalistic style, with a simple but defined character, thus achieving a living expression of the architecture of the day.
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The design includes generous spaces with a minimal of elements, including a ceiling terrace and hallway living spaces, as well as a bridge and circular stairway, which take into account the surrounding environment that isolated by a perimeter of cacti.
Diego and Frida inhabited the house in 1934. Among other celebrated paintings, this is where Frida painted Lo Que el Agua me Dio (What Water Gave to Me) which incidentally, visitors can imagine as they contemplate the white bathtub.
She left this house to move to The Blue House in Coyoacán in April 1941, after the death of her father, Guillermo Kahlo, and never returned to live in the couple’s house-studio.
Diego Rivera lived alone here until his death, in November 1957. This is where he painted most of his easel works, which include some three thousand pieces. His collection of Judases and skulls (popular figures made of cardboard) remained here during his life, as well as part of his collection of Pre-Hispanic art and Mexican handicrafts.
In April 1981, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Institute) became the custodian of the house. In 1998 declared an artistic monument, after being restored in 1994.
Visit the Diego Rivera Studio House on Altavista Avenue, on the corner of Diego Rivera Street, Col. San Angel Inn, in the south of Mexico City. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00-18:00 hours. The entrance fee is very low, and Sunday is free to the public.