Bowers Museum Presents “Popol Vuh: Watercolors of Diego Rivera”

Bowers Museum in Santa Ana recently announced the presentation of Popol Vuh: Watercolors of Diego Rivera, an exhibition that features 17 original watercolors inspired by the sacred text of the Quiché-Maya people. The exhibition is on display at the Bowers Museum on December 12, 2015 through May 19, 2016 and is exclusive to the Bowers Museum.

Diego Rivera exhibit at Bowers Museum

Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh is arguably the most important ancient text in existence from the Pre-Hispanic world and is considered a sacred text. Popol Vuh is an epic tale recording the origins, traditions, legends and history of the Quiché-Maya people from the dawn of creation until contact with the Spanish. The survival of the Popol Vuh is extraordinary, especially when considering that nearly every ancient Mesoamerican document was destroyed by Spanish conquerors or missionaries. For some unknown reason the Popol Vuh was spared.

La Custodia de la Milpa by Diego Rivera

The Keeping of the Cornfield (La Custodia de la Milpa)
Diego Rivera,1931
Watercolor on paper

The Popol Vuh: Watercolors of Diego Rivera at the Bowers Museum features 17 fascinating watercolors, inspired by Classic Maya imagery, which were created to illustrate pages from the first English translation of the Popol Vuh. Diego Rivera, one of the most recognized painters of the 20th century, became acquainted with writer John Weatherwax in 1931. Weatherwax, who is said to have read the Popol Vuh aloud to Rivera, asked Rivera to illustrate select passages of the manuscript as he read. Rivera completed 24 watercolors in all, selecting parts of the text most inclined to evoke imagery. The result was beautifully colored, highly stylized paintings with their root firmly in the classic Mayan tradition.

La Creación del Universo by Diego Rivera

The Creation of the Universe (La Creación del Universo)
Diego Rivera,1931
Watercolor on paper

The Bowers Museum

Bowers Museum and Kidseum are closed on Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. It’s located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Regular operating hours

Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM.

Ticket Information

Tickets and Information: 714.567.3600

Weekdays: $13
Weekends: $15

Seniors (62 & over)
Weekdays: $10
Weekends: $12

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Weekends: $12

Children under 12
Free when accompanied by a paying adult, or adult who is a member

Free Admission to Santa Ana residents

Bowers offers free admission to Santa Ana residents, with proof of residency, each Sunday, through a generous donation in memory of Dorothy Goerl and courtesy of the Lockhart Family.


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