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Mexico to organize exhibition in honor of Diego Rivera

In the eye of a new exhibit marking 50 years since the death of famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera will be a mural believed to have been lost nearly 50 years ago.

The exhibit, which opens Friday at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, features 170 works of art, including 23 murals and dozens of sketches, outlines and drawings done in Mexico and the United States.

Roxana Velasquez, the museum's director, said the exposition will highlight Rivera's "creative diversity."

It will also return to public viewing the 1954 mural "Glorious Victory," which was believed lost for decades before it turned up in 2000 in a storage room of a Moscow museum. The two-sided mural depicts U.S. abuses against the Guatemalan people on one side, and has an unfinished section on the other that art experts believe was to show exploitation of workers in U.S. factories.

The exhibit closes on Dec. 16.

Rivera, one of Mexico's most famous muralists, was born in 1886 and died in 1957. He was married to painter Frida Kahlo, known for her tortured self-portraits and tumultuous relationship with Rivera.

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