Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mexico City.The Art Museums. Third Installment.

Don and I on the hop on hop off bus in Mexico City
(This is the third installment of our trip to Mexico. Links at the bottom of the page.)
The Soumaya Art Museum
The Soumaya Musem is simply amazing. From the architecture (engineering assistance from Frank Gehry) to the interior (ultra modern with spiral ramps ala the NY Guggenheim.) The museum was financed by and holds the one time richest man in the world, Carlos Slim's collection. Second largest collection of Rodin's (to Paris) and with numerous works by the likes of Monet, Picasso and Degas. Plus fantastic Mexican artists a collection of Asian art, and paintings of Venice. 
Yoga Poses in Public Places (Soumaya Museum)
Some of the work that caught my eye, at the Soumaya:
Modigliani's Nude with a Cat (1911)
Botero's Walking Man (2007)
Ramos Martinez (on a page of the Los Angeles Times newspaper (1930)

And then, there's the Museum of Anthropology. A massive structure, built in the 1960s. You'll need to spend the whole day there, and have lunch at the outdoor cafeteria.

Some artifacts that caught my eye:
Haunting face
In the garden of the museum
so contemporary looking
hundreds of stone figures
It used to be believe this was the Aztec Calendar. It's not. It's the Stone Stone, a schedule of ritual human sacrifice.
So many fascinating design elements

See installment one and installment two of my trip to Mexico City.I'll share more of our trip in my next post. But meanwhile, here are the links so you can plan your trip!

Mexico City
The Red Tree House B&B, Condesa (FANTASTIC)
Merotoro restaurant, Condesa (very good)
Museo del Palacia de Bellas Artes (murals. amazing. do not miss)
Soumaya Museum (incredible collection. do not miss)
La Capital restaurant, Condesa (we ate there twice)
Museo National de Antopologia  (all day venture, with lunch on the patio. do not miss)
Museo Frida Kahlo Casa Azul (Frida and Diego's house. duh, do not miss. make advance reservations)
Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli (amazing building. architect: Rivera)
Murals de Diego Rivera Secretary of Education Building (Diego fans do not miss)

Netouring with guide Kuny. (Private tour and bus)

Mesones Sacristia  (small hotel, perfect location, with excellent food)
Talavera de la Reyna (gorgeous quality talavera pottery-there's a factory nearby, but it's closed on Sundays)
Museo Amparo (ultra-modern museum with great upstairs cafe view)
St Maria Tonatzintla cathedral (like no other you've ever seen!)
Manos de la Tierra (jewelry store)
Carlos Rivero Tours (tour guide and transportation)


  1. What an adventure, Jane!
    I'm looking forward to more design and color inspiration.

  2. Ooops, never mind the earlier question. I see it now! Thanks.


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