-Press Release - December 3, 2010 - Embassy of Mexico - Accompanied by her Mexican colleague Felipe Calderón, President Cristina Fernández inaugurated on Friday a mural of Mexican painter David Alfaro Sigueiros, at the underground remains of the old Taylor Customs House close to the Government House, now recovered as a museum, as informed by Télam.
Siqueiros, who belonged to the famous group of Mexican muralists of which Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco were part, painted the mural in Buenos Aires, in the early thirties. It was placed in the basement of a suburban residence owned by Natalio Botana, the owner of the newspaper Crítica.
The mural remained stored during many years and was about to be sent abroad, when former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner signed a decree to incorporate it to Argentina´s cultural patrimony. “I am complying with an obligation of the Government and the people of Argentina”, Cristina said, when she conveyed her appreciation for the generous asylum granted by México to thousands of Argentines who went into exile during the military dictatorship installed in 1976.
The President reminded that Siqueiros, as well as many of his fellow muralists, was a Communist militant who combined his art with active political participation. “I have always been keenly interested in the history of my country related to culture”, she said, adding that she had wanted “my friend Calderón” to be present at the inauguration ceremony of Siqueiros´mural.