The College of San Ildefonso It was an enclosure that welcomed a young Octavio Paz in his years as a high school student, in his early 30s. Now, yesterday, this space became his last resting place next to his partner Marie Joseph Tramini.
The ashes of both artists were deposited on the 108th anniversary of the birth of the Mexican Nobel, in a funerary urn inside a classroom converted into a memorial dedicated to the Mexican Nobel Prize for Literaturewhose design was in charge of the deceased plastic artist Vincent Red.
The executive coordinator of College of San Ildefonso, Eduardo Vazquez Martinexplained that the decision to place the remains of the poet and his wife arose as a response to the various expressions of some of Paz’s friends, who claimed that he did not want his remains to rest in the Rotunda of Illustrious Personsat Pantheon of Dolores.
According to Vázquez Martín, the poem “Nocturne of San Ildefonso” was the best argument in favor of the proposal; afterwards the teacher was invited Vincent Reda friend of Paz, to participate in the conception of a monument to receive the remains.
Barbara Jacobs, widow of plastic artistpointed out that this work is one more proof that Paz and Rojo admired each other and loved each other.
“There is a very funny anecdote, when they started digging here to make this fountain, they found that there was another one down there, from the century I don’t know what. So many had to come. authorities to give his approval,” Jacobs recalled.
During the solemn ceremony, which was also attended by the writers Elena Poniatowski and Barbara Jacobsand the president in turn of The National College, Vicente Quirarte. Judge Guerra Álvarez handed over the ashes of the couple in the Memorialand the Piedra de Sol sculptural fountain was inaugurated, which Vicente Rojo specially designed for the occasion.
In the ceremony Also present were the president of the Honorary Advisory Council of the Coordination of Historical and Cultural Memory of Mexico, Beatriz Gutierrez Muller; the head of government Claudia Sheinbaum Pardothe rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Enrique Graue Wiechers, Alejandra Frausto GuerreroFederal Secretary of Culture, who also gave a few words.
“The love that united them, the complicit path that they walked together for more than three decades, as of today culminates in a beautiful memorial in San Ildefonso, where another story will begin,” Frausto said from the Interns Yard.
According to the head of government, the coordination of efforts between the Ministry of Culture federal, the INBAthe Board of Trustees of San Ildefonso and the CDMX Superior Court of Justice, made it possible to expedite the process intestate of the universal heiress of the poet.
In addition, it will be the instrument that will administer the goods and resources coming from the Copyright and different actions to protect, care for and spread the legacy material and immaterial of the Mexican Nobel Prize.
“We have taken firm steps in the constitution of a trust that allows self-sustainabilityin order to specify the punctual program of classification of the goods in charge of the INBA, collectively define its social purpose.
“As of today, his ashes and those of his beloved ‘Marijo’ will remain together, so we comply in not separating him from his life partner. May the remains and memories of him be kept here, in this emotional space of his youthful duties and pleasures,” Sheinbaum concluded.
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Tramini and Paz always stay together in San Ildefonso – Indigo Report