The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 18, 2018

Rufino Tamayo's Mural Painting at Mexico City Historical Center Restored

MEXICO CITY.- After a year and a half of intervention conducted by National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) specialists, the 80 square meters area of the Rufino Tamayo mural “El canto y la musica” (Chant and Music), is totally consolidated, and cleaned in its 50 per cent.

This is one of 3 fresco technique murals by Tamayo; it was created in 1933 in the building that lodged the National School of Music, at 16 Moneda Street, Historical Center, Mexico City. The work will be fully restored in early 2010, while the east wall and part of the north one have underwent chromatic restitution.

Within the frame of the 70th anniversary of INAH, the mural intervention, leaded by Jaime Cama Villafranca, is part of special projects developed by the National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography “Manuel Castillo Negrete” (ENCRyM).

According to restorer Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio, field supervisor, from September 2007 to present, “the main objective was to reestablish the esthetic values of the painting, affected by deterioration, which has been fulfilled”.

Consolidation tasks consisted on injecting an adhesive material similar to the original mortar, elaborated with lime and casein, to help recovering cohesion and stability of the flattening, which supports the fresco.

Cleaning is done by INAH experts with a gel developed to remove natural resin added to the surface, which do not damaged the pictorial layer.

Chromatic reintegration is made with mineral pigments agglutinated in a reversible and stable commercial resin, which gives the same matte properties than fresco, recovering the tone and shine that characterize the work of the Oaxaca artist.

Sanchez Villavicencio, also professor of the Easel Painting Seminar-workshop at ENCRyM, declared that “the opportunity of intervening and studying this modern plastic work, its features and problems, is an important academic and practical experience for the INAH School”.

Rufino Tamayo painted this mural using the fresco technique, which consists in applying mineral pigments to a thin layer of lime and marble powder; once the mixture dries, it locks in the colors.

With INAH financial support and National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) approval, 5 ENCRyM graduates from the Restoration Bachelor Degree are in charge of the work.

Javier Vazquez Negrete, conservation specialist and academic at ENCRyM, advises the tasks related to cleaning and data interpretation.

With information from “El canto y la musica” intervention, a publication is being conformed to present the research results.

National Institute of Anthropology and History | Rudino Tamayo | National School of Music | Mexico City |

Today's News

June 8, 2009

First Retrospective for Cy Twombly in Austria at Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna

Brooklyn Museum to Present First Major Museum Exhibition Devoted Exclusively to Rock Photos

Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2009 Continues the Tradition of Displaying Wide Range of New Work

Australia Opens its Doors at the 53rd Venice Biennale

Sorolla's Recently Re-discovered Painting Leads Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings Sale

Metropolitan Museum of Art to Show Michelangelo's First Painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony

Thomas Schütte's Bitter Humour Themes on View at Haus der Kunst

Clark Art Institute Opens Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence Exhibition

MoMA Focuses on Award-winning African Director Abderrahmane Sissako for its Annual Flaherty Series

Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid Shows Zhao Liang's Video City Scene as Part of PHotoEspaña

Dr. Martin Mansergh, TD, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for the Arts, to Open Exhibition

Photographs from the Estate of Frank Buchser on View at Kunstmuseum Basel

PHotoEspaña 2009 Opens an Exhibition of Works by Patrick Faigenbaum

Rufino Tamayo's Mural Painting at Mexico City Historical Center Restored

Plains Art Museum Elects New Board Members Sally McCravey Elected Chairperson

Eye of the Storm: An Interdisciplinary Art and Science Conference on Scientific Controversy at Tate Britain

The Museum of the Good Samaritan Opens to the Public

Paine Art Center Shows Masterpieces of American Photography from George Eastman House

Arkansas Arts Center to Host World of the Pharaohs Teacher Academy

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Archaeologists find Maya ceramics and mural paintings in three underwater caves in Mexico

Pedro Ramirez Vazquez

Mexican archaeologists find Aztec temple platform at Mexico City's Templo Mayor ruin

Mexican Funerary Masks Travel to France for Exhibition at the Pinacothèque de Paris

Two Pyramids at Santo Nombre Archaeological Site were Restored by INAH

Mexican Archaeologists Say Tonina Ballgame Court may Be the One Described in Popol Vuh

Mexican Archaeologists Report Finding Prehispanic Objects at Nevado de Toluca

Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering

Archaeologists Discover Two More Human Skeletons Accompanied by a Rich Offering at Chiapa de Corzo

Drawings and Sketches that Reflect Mexico's Independence Period Published

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful