The Diego Rivera Mural Museum offers a sound journey between wakefulness and sleep |

Inspired by the mural Dream of a Sunday afternoon in the Alameda Central, the Diego Rivera Mural Museum (MMDR) presents the piece Life is a dream, created by those who already sleep inside this body, by the audiovisual artist Raquel Olmos, all on Fridays, from September to December, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This activity is part of an inter-institutional effort between the museum and the schools of the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (Inbal). On this occasion, the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda participates so that students can carry out professional internships and contribute in an innovative way to the work and services that Inbal offers, including: preserving, disseminating, stimulating and promoting education and artistic research.

Based on a free and poetic investigation of the mural that gives its name to the museum, the artist from Tijuana proposes a sound journey that will take the public on a transition between wakefulness and sleep.


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“For this work I began to build a kind of atlas or collection of sounds of the city, of nature, as well as audios of Diego Rivera himself where he comments on his idea about the work of art and the role of the artist. Later, this material was converted into audio tracks.”

The installation, which the public will be able to enjoy while appreciating the mural, seeks to experience a hypersensitivity to sound and have a unique experience in front of the work, in such a way that it is not just a visual event.

The central concepts are wakefulness and sleep, as well as the sensory experiences that are had in these states: “In the dream you can experience incoherent successions of events, or that have nothing to do with reality, or experience the environment, color and shapes in an unexpected way”.

Sounds of birds, of a campfire, of the galloping of horses, going through typical sounds of our city, such as the organ grinder or the city environment, highlight the passage from one state to another, from wakefulness to sleep, each one nuanced so that the public can be perceived within that transit, he explained.

“The piece has very earthy or realistic parts, but you will also find moments that can take you to a moment of total tranquility or spirituality.”

The Alameda Central is a place that you must go through when you visit the museum. It is a place full of micro universes, of sounds that overlap or mix, but also of sounds that are very much their own, such as that of children playing, the murmur of people, the water of the fountains, the air between the leaves of the trees. or the organ grinder, he said.

“Likewise, the Alameda Central is a historical and daily space for the inhabitants of our city. When we see Diego Rivera’s mural we can identify the space, feel familiar, but the muralist not only portrays the space, but all those historical figures, where each one does his own thing and comes together for the generational photo.

“These micro universes of the mural also evoke the transition between wakefulness and sleep: the moments and characters belonging to different periods of our history, the various actions that each one performs, in addition to the colors and shapes that they use, all these aspects they offer the sensation that we are digressing between both states”.

This piece is part of the research and artistic explorations that Olmos has carried out on the body, human expression and other living beings, not only through audiovisual recordings and performance, but also through writing exercises and anti-choreography.

Visitors can enjoy this sound experience every Friday from September to December at 4:00 p.m. at the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, located at Balderas s/n, Colón corner, Colonia Centro.

The Diego Rivera Mural Museum offers a sound journey between wakefulness and sleep |