It's not possible to see everything Mexico has to offer in one trip or to write it in one blog so what follows is a collection. First up are the Rivera and Orozco murals.
The painters emerged from the Revolution and transformed Mexican painting into an enormously powerful and populist political statement through the medium of the mural. Rivera in Mexico and Orozco in Guadalajara. The chief patron of both artists was the state hence you see loads of their work in official buildings in both cities.
Mexico DF has several Rivera treasures. First up are the murals in Palacio Nacional which wind around the stairwells and literally pull you right up to the ceiling. Painted on the walls you see the whole story of Mexico. Everyone is there - Quetzalcoatl sits at the centre of one of the murals, Porfirio Diaz with his tall white hair and French sword, Cortes. It's all there to see. Second, the Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda. Its impressive stuff and shows almost every famous Mexican character out for a stroll in the park.
Orozco's main mural in the Palacio de Gobierno in Guadalajara dates from 1937. What you see is Hidalgo blasting triumphantly through the middle, brandishing his sword against a backdrop of red flags and a battle scene. All the way around the stairs curving up to the ceiling scenes depict the Mexican people's oppression and struggle for liberty.