I spent the day wondering around San Angel and made the Rivera Studio Museam my last stop. First, if you haven't spent any time in San Angel on a weekend, do so! The plazas are filled with artists and nowhere else in the city will you get the feel of a quiet neighborhood complete with cobblestone paved streets. Two features impressed me about the Rivera studio: 1) the architecture strikes me as ideal for what any artist would need regarding light and space, and 2) the space is still filled with many of Rivera's possessions including paintings, artistic tools, clothings and his wonderfully whimsical paper mâché figurines. Because of the personal memorabilia, one does have a sense of how he lived in this space. Even as you stand across the street from the property, you immediately have the sense that this is a most special, if not magical, space. However, being a huge Rivera fan to begin with probably biases this review. In all that I've seen of his work in and around DF, this brought me closest to touching Diego the man. In the courtyard, chairs are set up for viewing a video on the life of Frida Kahlo. Although it was in Spanish, there were English subtitles. Seeing actual film footage of the two of them helped me imagine them living in this space even if in separate buildings. The entrance fee was only $12MEX, but as a teacher, I got in free. The $30MEX fee to take photos seemed very reasonable. Check out my DF travel blog to see more of my stroll around San Angel at http://searchingfordiego.blogspot.com.
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