The Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo was the home of the two famed Mexican artists in the southern San Ángel neighbourhood of Mexico City. The striking modern house, not far from Kahlo’s family home was built by Mexican architect and painter Juan O’Gorman. The house was a joint design project between the three artists, O’Gorman even had his own separate section of the house. The house is unique, not just in its modern design but also because it was divided into different buildings to allow each artist to have their own private area and studio but still be connected to each other. Rivera and Kahlo’s part of the home is connected by a rooftop bridge that is visually reflective of their relationship. The couple only lived in the house from 1934-1940.
We visited the museum after spending the morning at the Frida Kahlo Museum, then took a quick Uber over to the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. When we arrived it was pretty empty so you definitely don’t have to worry about crowds like at the Frida Kahlo Museum. If you want to take photos make sure to also pay the small photo fee.
The most interesting part of the museum is Diego Rivera’s part of the house which still has a lot of furniture and artwork in his studio that has been mostly preserved. Frida Kahlo’s part of the house is mostly empty but had some interested photographs. The same goes for Juan O’Gorman’s part of the house, it just has a model of the building and photos during construction. Even though the interiors are pretty bare it’s an interesting museum to visit just to experience the architecture.
After your visit make sure to spend some time walking around the pretty residential part of the an Ángel neighbourhood. It’s nice and peaceful on the residential streets with some interesting homes.
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