Cristina and Calderon inaugurated a Siqueiros mural in the former Taylor Custom

City of Buenos Aires, December 3, 2010

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, next to Felipe Calderon, her colleague from Mexico, inaugurated a mural artist of that country, David Siqueiros.

The president spoke of the history of the revolutionary muralist, companion of Diego Rivera, of his exile, his work in Argentina, and the gratitude that many Argentines have with Mexico.

“I want to thank Mexico for asylum for thousands and thousands of Argentines who had to leave the country by the dictatorship,” said the President.

Cristina said “it is an obligation of governments and from Argentina to take care of the cultural heritage.”

David Siqueiros was a Mexican painter and activist. He fought in the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side. In 1940, he attempted to assassinate Leon Trotsky, the opposition to Josif Stalin. He is considered to be one of the leading exponents of the mural painting.

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