New Location of SF's Mexican Museum Moves Forward

The Mexican Museum would reside at the base of Millennium Partner's 550-foot condo and office tower.
The Mexican Museum would reside at the base of Millennium Partner's 550-foot condo and office tower.

New York developer Millennium Partners says it will go ahead with the groundbreaking of its Mexican Museum Towers in San Francisco.

The $500 million luxury condo and office highrise will also be the future home of the Mexican Museum, now located at Fort Mason Center on the waterfront.

The Mexican Museum has already raised $30 million for its new building. Mexican architect Enrique Norten has been enlisted to design the museum interiors with A+D and Pfau Long Architecture.

Looking forward, the Mexican Museum has a special promised gift from the daughters of Mexican artist Diego Rivera and patron Nelson Rockefeller. The famous political spat between the two men in 1932 resulted in Rivera's mural at Rockefeller Center being destroyed. Reporters had leaked that an image of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin appeared in the capitalist's commission.

The feuding mens' daughters, Guadalupe Rivera Marin, 90, and Ann Rockefeller, 80, now want to rectify the past with their common love of art. The pair aims to raise $3 million each to build individual galleries in their fathers' names at the Mexican Museum's new location, scheduled to open in 2018, reports NPR.

The museum has a 16,000-piece permanent collection, and includes Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican and Latino, and Chicano Art.

(Article altered and portions deleted, 3/16/15)

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