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‘Harebrained Scheme’ Involving Diego Rivera Mural Goes Bust – Newser

San Francisco Art Institute wants to dump $50M piece to offset debt



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A 1931 mural created by Mexican painter Diego Rivera at the San Francisco Art Institute was supposed to be sold off to knock off much of the school’s debt, a decision that outraged many in the local community. “The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City,” described by the New York Times as a “fresco within a fresco,” is one of a trio of Rivera’s frescoes in San Francisco; it’s widely considered a big part of the city’s history. Now, however, the proposal to sell has hit a major…

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