Mexican Art in Lund’s Museum of Sketches, Sweden





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The Mexican collection at Lund’s Museum of Sketches in is an unusual and valuable collection both from a Mexican and from an international perspective: the collection was built by Gunnar Bråhammar in the late 1960s, and counts works by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and Juan O’Gorman but also Francisco Eppens, Rufino Tamayo, González Camarena, Raul Angiano, Leopoldo Méndez and Desiderio Xochitiotzin. The article discusses especially “the New Deal” by Rivera, “the Image of Mexico” at the Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City by Morado Chavez, and “El Pájaro Amarillo” by Goertiz, and the great stone mosaic at the Central Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico by O’Gorman.

How to Cite

Fagerström, L., & Haglund, E. (2010). Mexican Art in Lund’s Museum of Sketches, Sweden. Docomomo Journal, (42), 34–43.




Author Biographies

Linda Fagerström, Malmö University

(PhD) is currently working at Lund’s Museum of Sketches. Her interests are: public art, modernism and questions concerning the social histories of art. She teaches Art History and Cultural Studies at Malmo University College, Sweden. They recently published together Place, Poetics and Politics. Contemporary Art in Public Space (2010).

Elisabet Haglund, Lund University

(PhD) is director of the Museum of Sketches, Lund University, Sweden. During many years she worked at Stockholm’s Cultural Center, and later as director of Borås Konstmuseum. Her special interests are: contemporary art, surrealism, art and psychoanalysis, the creative process, Spanish and Latin-American art, public art.


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Lozano, Luis-Martin & Juan Coronel Rivera. “Portrait of America” in Luis-Martin Lozano & Juan Coronel Rivera. Diego Rivera. The Complete Murals. Taschen, 2008.

Paz, Octavio. ”Mural Painting” in Essays on Mexican Art. Mexico: Fondo de la Cultura Ecónomica, 1987. (English translation 1993)