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Arts & Museums
It would be a pity to visit Mexico and not have a look at some of the country's arts and crafts. This particularly pleasant museum is housed in a beautiful 18th century building that was once the Convent of Corpus Cristi. Located in front of the monumental Hemiciclo to Juárez, an assortment of vibrant Mexican crafts, dresses, kitchen utensils, toys and items for the home and personal use are on display. Many of the items found here can be purchased in the museum's gift boutique.
This house, designed by Juan O'Gorman in 1933, was the birthplace for many of Diego Rivera's projects. It remains virtually untouched from the day in which the muralist died. Among the many personal objects on view he also left unfinished canvases on over-sized easels, pre-Hispanic pieces, photographs and his collection of judas figures. These bearded demons are made of carton, filled with firecrackers and are set off on the Saturday of Glory before Easter Sunday.
Established in 1981, Aura Galerias represents the finest plastic artists in Mexico. In 2008, Aura Galerias moved to their new 5000-square foot gallery in the posh Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood in Mexico City. This facility enables the gallery to maintain a larger quantity of art work and to handle multiple events simultaneously. Other services offered by Aura include museum quality framing and professional packing and worldwide shipping of works of art.
This museum, renovated by and named after Dr. Alvar and Carmen Carillo Gil, is found in the outlying area of the old neighborhood of Chimalistac. The 1,581 works housed here represent a lifetime of art collecting and boast contemporary Mexican artists, highlighting the muralists, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, along with works by Carillo Gill (1899-1974) himself and others. There is also a fine selection of 17th and 18th-century Japanese Ukiyo-e (wood-block prints of the "floating world") and etchings by European artists, Klee, Braque, Picasso, Kandinsky and Rouault. There are also temporary exhibits.
When traveling with children, this children's museum is an ideal place to visit. Opened in 1993 the museum offers a hands-on, interactive, ultra-modern experience, including an IMAX theater. It is divided into five major sections dedicated to discovering the human body, communications, our world, expressions and con-ciencia (a play on double meanings: "Con-science" to also mean with-science). Workshops, a theater, restaurant and a gift shop are also open to the public.
For those who want to know the how-and-why things work, the Technological Museum of the CFE is designed to explain humanity's most important technological achievements in laypersons terms. The best part about the displays exhibited in the four halls is that everything can and should be touched. The courtyards of the museum have a great amount of machines and accessories, from vapor powered locomotive trains to modern turbine engines and an ecologically sound solar-powered home. Opened in 1970, it is the first interactive museum in the country.
Luis Barragán House and Studio, is now a renowned museum that displays classic architecture and designs of bygone days. It is under UNESCO protection and is the one-of-a-kind and largest architectural sites in the country. Architects and designers flock in to visit the house and to understand the blend of modern, art and philosophical architecture. There are tours that take visitors around the house and these tours have to be booked in advance. There are some personal item of Barragan as well as art pieces from around the globe. The library in the house is one that contains many books, news pieces and photographs. Sometimes, exhibitions and conferences are held in the house which indicates the area that the house in built. Luis Barragán House and Studio is a beautiful display of geometric design that lets in as much natural light as possible, enough to avoid use of electricity during the day.
This recent addition to the local museum scene has an important collection by the world-renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Copies of his famous works, such as The Kiss and The Thinker, can be found in an art exhibition unique in Latin America. Other nineteenth and twentieth century artists represented include Camille Claudel, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle and Honoré Daumier. There is also a display of objects from the Mexican colonial period, including ironwork, folding screens, quilts and examples of what are known as caste paintings, as well as an important collection of 18th and 19th century Mexican portraits. You can enjoy works by Juan Cordero, Hermenegildo Bustos and Miguel Cabrera who founded the Academy of Painting in 1753. The museum has its own shop, and is situated within the Plaza Loreto Shopping Center.
If one of the main objectives of Mexican mural painting was to communicate its message to the people, via monumental works, there is no better example than that offered by this cultural centre. This twelve sided construction also contains a restaurant, piano bar, theatre and bookshop, and is covered inside and out by 8,000 square metres of mural images. Siqueiros has created here, a combined painting and sculpture entitled The March of Humanity, which invites the viewer on a journey from the beginnings of the human race up to the present. On the outside, there is a mixed-media relief mural that uses twelve panels to fuse ideas about humanity and nature.
The Galería Enrique Guerrero was established in 1997 in the Polanco district of Mexico City. The focal point of the gallery is contemporary art, but young artists are trying their hand at other art forms too—various other skills like photography, sculpting and painting are also being explored. The gallery now promotes such young debutant talent by way of annual exhibitions, programmes and other activities. Check the website for schedules.
Founded by Carmen Cordera who has dedicated more than 20 years to design, the Mexican Gallery of Design began operating in 1991. The gallery takes a fresh approach towards researching, supporting, and marketing designed objects while expanding the scope of industrial design in the country. With a view toward achieving a universal identity for Mexican designers the gallery avoids a uniform concept of a national design abroad. The global market is approached using Japan, Italy and the United States as models. Admission : Free
The Galeria de Arte Mexicano was founded way back in 1935 and prides to be the first official gallery in Mexico City. popularly known as the GAM, the gallery is completely dedicated to the sale and promotion of art in every possible way and has played a pivotal role in numerous Mexican art movements. Following its age old tradition, it still continues to back many of the most important artists in Mexico. GAM has also published noteworthy books, which are available at the gallery bookstore. Galeria de Arte Mexicano features old and contemporary artists including Lilia Carrillo, Leonara Carrington and Pablo Amor to name a few.