Man at the Crossroads


Man at the Crossroads

Man at the Crossroads was a mural by Diego Rivera.

A small part of the recreation of Man at the Crossroads now renamed as Man, Controller of the Universe the famous Lenin portion (depicting communism) which upset Rockefeller.

The Rockefellers wanted to have a mural put on the ground-floor wall of Rockefeller Center. Nelson Rockefeller wanted Henri Matisse or Pablo Picasso to do it because he favored their modern style, but neither was available. Diego Rivera was one of Nelson Rockefeller's mother's favorite artists and therefore was commissioned to create the huge mural. He was given a theme: "Man at the Crossroads Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future."[1] Rockefeller wanted the painting to make people pause and think.[2]

The huge mural had many parts including: society women drinking alcohol, pictures of cells (sexually transmitted diseases)[citation needed], Leon Trotsky and finally the famous Lenin portion (depicting communism) which upset Rockefeller.[2] The patron asked Rivera to change the face of Lenin to that of an unknown laborer's face as was originally intended[citation needed] but the painter left it as it was. The work was paid for on May 22, 1933,[citation needed] and immediately draped. People protested but it remained covered until the early weeks of 1934, when it was smashed by workers and hauled away in wheelbarrows.[citation needed] Rivera responded by saying that it was "cultural vandalism."[citation needed]

An assistant, Lucienne Bloch, had taken photographs of the mural before it was destroyed. Using them as a reference, Rivera repainted the mural, though at a smaller scale, at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City where it was renamed Man, Controller of the Universe.[2] At Rockefeller Center in its place is a mural with Abraham Lincoln as its focal point.

The Rockefeller-Rivera dispute appears in the fiction films Cradle Will Rock, Anbe Sivam and Frida.

References

  1. ^ "My Art, My Life: An Autobiography". New York: Dover, 1991. p. 125. ISBN 0-486-26938-8
  2. ^ a b c "Rockefeller Controversy". Diego Rivera Prints. http://www.diego-rivera.org/rockefellercontroversy.html. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Man in the Mirror — For the 1936 film, see Man in the Mirror (film). Man in the Mirror Single by Michael Jackson from the album Bad …   Wikipedia

  • Maigret at the Crossroads — (French: La Nuit du carrefour) is a detective novel by the Belgian writer Georges Simenon. Published in 1931, it is one of the earliest novels to feature Inspector Maigret in the role of the chief police investigator, a character that has since… …   Wikipedia

  • Night at the Crossroads — Title card from the film Directed by Jean Renoir Written by …   Wikipedia

  • America at the Crossroads — Not to be confused with America at a Crossroads, a PBS television miniseries about the War on Terrorism America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy is a book written by Francis Fukuyama in 2006.This book briefly… …   Wikipedia

  • Man, Controller of the Universe — (1934). Man, Controller of the Universe is a 1934 mural by Diego Rivera in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Its full title is Man, Controller of the Universe or Man in the Time Machine ( …   Wikipedia

  • Crossroads to Crime — Title screen Directed by Gerry Anderson …   Wikipedia

  • Crossroads (series) — Crossroads Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, Traitor s Gate Author Kate Elliott Country United States Language English Genre …   Wikipedia

  • Crossroads (1986 soundtrack) — Crossroads OST Soundtrack album by Ry Cooder, Steve Vai Genre …   Wikipedia

  • Crossroads Guitar Festival — Eric Clapton and Bill Murray kicking off the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007 Location(s) 2004: Dallas, Texas 2007, 2010: Bridgeview, Illinois Years active …   Wikipedia

  • Crossroads (book) — Crossroads series Written by Kate Elliott, the Crossroads is a fantasy series of books (rumoured to eventually consist of seven). The over arching story takes place in a land known as the Hundred, as well as several neighbouring lands. The story… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.