The five pieces are the artist’s so-called portable murals that commemorate events in Mexican history. MoMA’s press release offers a little story of the last time these masterpieces were on view together at the Modern, way back in 1931. The museum was unsure how to present the work because Rivera’s medium, the mural, was “by definition made and fixed on site.” They invited the artist to New York six weeks early and gave him a studio in an empty gallery where he worked around the clock with three assistance to produce the works.
On view will also be three prototypes for the portable murals, as well as drawings, watercolors and prints. The show, Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art, will be on view in the Michael H. Dunn Gallery through May 14, 2012.