Secretary of Education: Diego Rivera’s murals 

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In the movie „Frida“ the young art student Frida Kahlo learned that Diego Rivera, famous artist, was painting murals at the Secretary of Education in Mexico City. Herself very much interested in art, she brought some of her work to him at the Secretary of Education and asked for his opinion: „You’ve got talent“, was his reply.

Two marriages and a lifelong love affair later, the love and hate relationship of Kahlo and Rivera lives on, along with the beautiful inspired work they both created.

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The Secretary of Education building is located in the oldest part of Mexico City, El Centro. Free to the public and open on weekdays until 6 PM, more than 100 murals are on display. These murals represent some of Rivera’s early work. Surprisingly, these murals are on outside of an open air courtyard.

Diego Rivera worked on the murals for six years. There are three floors of murals to view. The murals on the bottom are older than the ones on top. The murals tell stories about the labor movement, the arts and traditional life in Mexico.

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A Must Be when you are in Mexico City. Free Entry.

Secretary of Education
Calle Republica de Argentina 28
Mexico City 06000, Mexico

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Che Guevara in Africa

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In Mexico City I discovered a small but fine exhibition about Che Guevara’s mission in Africa. It is a very detailed approach. Whenever you are in the Mexican capital (till January 21, 2018) have a look! The location is in a beautiful colonial setting.

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Che Guevara’s work in Congo marked a decisive moment in Cuba’s great relationship with Africa. Although the Congo’s mission had been a failure, it marked the turning point for Cuban victories in Africa and provided support to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, and independence in Mozambique.

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By November 1965 Guevara’s dream had collapsed against the reality of the Congolese forces‘ complete incompetence and lack of realism.

In order to achieve greatness, you have to fail …

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Exposition in Mexico City

„El Che. Una Odisea Africana.“

Till January 21, 2018 at Antiguo Colegio San Ildefonso, Mexico City.

www.sanildefonso.org.mx

Museum Diego Rivera, Guanajuato

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Diego Rivera’s birthplace in Guanajuato, Mexico is a great museum honoring the famous artist (the Marxist Rivera was persona non grata here for years). Rivera and his twin brother were born in the house in 1886 (Carlos died at the age of two) and lived here until the family moved to Mexico City 6 years later. The museum’s ground floor is a recreation of the Rivera family home, furnished with 19th-century antiques.

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The labyrinth of upper floors exhibit a permanent collection of his original works and preliminary sketches. You also see references to his life with Frida Kahlo.

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Museo Casa Diego Rivera
Positos 47, Centro 
36000 Guanajuato, Mexiko

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Sasha de Saint Tropez

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His name is Sasha, just Sasha. Sasha de Saint Tropez! He belongs to the people of the former fishing village. His name is connected with the location. Originally he is from Paris but lives already for 25 years in Saint Tropez. His art portraits are the Who is Who of the Rich and Famous. He specializes in portraits using different supports and techniques, acrylic, plexiglass and canvas. All of his art works are limited editions. Sasha is also a sculptor. His gallery is located at 10 Place de l’Ormeau.

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Brigitte Bardot and Saint Tropez

thumb_IMG_7648_1024The exposition is dedicated to the icon of Saint Tropez: Brigitte Bardot, actress and Femme fatale. And today animal activist. In 1966, it was here at the bay of Saint Tropez where the German industrial Gunter Sachs was flying over her villa „La Madrague“ in a helicopter and dropping a thousand of red roses.

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„La Madrague“ – the house of Brigitte Bardot at Saint Tropez.

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The exposition „Brigitte Bardot. Mythe à Saint Tropez“ is at Le Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma near the new harbor till January 15, 2018.

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It is an excellent small display especially for the fans of BB and the life at the French Riviera in the swinging 1960s and 1970s.

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„I gave my youth and my beauty to men, now I am giving my wisdom and my experience  and the best of myself to animals.“

Brigitte Bardot

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Kurdish Textile Museum, Erbil

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I really liked my stroll around the Citadel of Erbil, Iraq. And inside the walled city there is the wonderful Kurdish Textile Museum. I entered it and was at once fascinated by all the colors and the history of the building.

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The museum contains exhibits that cover all aspects of daily life, including agricultural tools, clothing, women’s jewellery, household and kitchen products and furnishings, as well as the layout of a traditional house and a nomadic tent.

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The museum is actively involved in the transfer of traditional skills to new generations. The destruction of rural villages ended weaving traditions but the museum has employed older women from nomadic communities to train and pass on their skills to younger women.

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In addition to weaving rugs, kilims and blankets, they also reproduce decorative screens used in nomadic tents while a felt maker continues the tradition of the manufacture of felt rugs and felt clothing. Whenever you come to Erbil have a look! The small museum is a jewel.

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