Diego Rivera, a section of Man, Controller of the Universe depicting a central figure controlling a machine, fresco, 1934, Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.

The Controversial Story of Man at Crossroads

The story of politics and free speech in the art world

Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera with a Xoloitzcuintle dog in the Blue House, Coyoacan, photography, gelatin-bromide silver on paper, Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City, Mexico.

What Happened?

Diego Rivera, Man at the Crossroads, fresco, 1933, Rockefeller Center, New York, the USA (destroyed).
José Maria Sert, American Progress, 1937, oil on canvas mural, Rockefeller Center, New York City, the USA.
Rockefeller Center interior, photography, 2013, New York City, the USA.

Mexican Muralism

Diego Rivera, the middle section of Pan American Unity, 1940, fresco on Ipsos, San Francisco, the USA.

Man at Crossroads

Diego Rivera, a section of Man, Controller of the Universe depicting Leon Trotsky, Friederich Engles, and Karl Marx, fresco, 1934, Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.
Diego Rivera, a section of Man, Controller of the Universe depicting Vladimir Lenin holding hands with workers of different races, fresco, 1934, Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.
Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe, fresco, 1934, Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.

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