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Leonora Carrington in Mexico
There's a very interesting exhibition of the artist work in one the most famous street of Mexico city. If you're lucky enought to vsit Mexico city before Octiber 31, 2008 this is something you should visit. The Outdoor and Free exhibition is located at the famous Ave. Reforma in front of the Chapultepec park, between The museum of Art and the Antropology museum. The Bronce Sculpures where made by Leonora Carrington Between 1994-2007, there's also an exhibition of photos of the artist and her family and paintings.
Leonora Carrington is one of my favorite artists, one of the biggest Surrealist artist and the most important alive.
Palacio de bellas Artes
The city's main art center "Palacio de Bellas Artes" (Fine Arts Palace) is the heart of the art in the city, a place for best music concerts, Theater, Dance and art exhibits. The exterior built in Italian marble and style. The interior has and art deco style. You can find the events calendar in the website (is in spanish)
For a better view and pictures of "Palacio de Bellas Artes" you can go across the street inside the store "Sears" (photo 4 & 5), the building of sears has a Terrace "The Coffe Factory" at the 8th floor, you can go to just take pictures or sit and have a coffe enjoying the view. (Be patient, service is very slow)
Address: Avenida Juarez - Eje Central
This is not a museum about Diego Rivera, is more the personal collection of Diego Rivera, his dream museum, the one he planed and help design. It's interesting that this museum was build with and following the Aztec arquitecture style and techniques in a modern world.
This museum is a must visit for those lovers of mexican history and arqueology, and a complement for those visiting the Arqueological museum and looking for more.
On it you will find themore vast personal prehispanic collection of Diego Rivera, wich is very rich and interesting in many ways. The building of this museum had just started when Diego die and he never saw it finish, but the arquitectural concept and decoration was his vision, it also include in it a studio where you can see some of his sketchs, the sketch of the most famous of his murals,etc.
The most amazing thing is that his personal collection include 59 thousand pieces of prehispanic art, that he want to donate to Mexico after his dead, as a way to give back to the México what it belonged to the mexican people, but with one condition, this pieces can never leave mexican land, unlike many other mexican pieces that are exposed in museums all around the world, this pieces will never leave this place, so it make it more a MUST visit.
Entrance is only $45 pesos is the same entrance ticket for both Museum Frida Kahlo and Museo Diego Rivera, if you don't have time to visit both same day, don't worry, it's still valid to visit 1 time in 30 days. visit are guided, that make the visit even better, it's a shame many people don't know or visit this museum.
*Call or visit website for time of guided visits.
*Sorry, the picture don't make it justice, but I didn't carry a camera the day I visited first, when I return to take photos it was already closed, this photo was taken from outside of the property.
Address: calle museo 150, Col. San Pablo Tepeyac, Coyoacan
Directions: 15 min. drive from Museum Frida Kahlo
Sculpture of leonora Carrrington
A trip to Paseo Reforma is a must when visiting Mexico city, and a Must when in Paseo reforma is to stop by and enjoy the bronce sculpture of Leonora Carrington that is located in Reforma over a water fountain, the "cocodrile" scuplture of the famous artist was donated to Mexico city by her in 2000.
*If you want to see the famous painting of the artist, you have to visit the Museum of Contemporary art, also in Paseo Reforma
Directions: Located on Paseo Reforma and Havre, at Zona Rosa
La casa de los azulejos
Built in the 16th Century, this mansion has an interesting history:
-In 1737 the Count and Countess of Orizaba ordered the renovation of their home and the placement of the tiles.
-From 1881 it functioned as a private men's club, the famous Jockey club" in the second floor.
-In 1917 it was converted into a drug store and soda fountain which eventually evolved into Sanborn's, a chain of restaurants and department stores, which is what it is today.
-The interior was decorated with a mural (in the interior patio, restaurant area 1st floor) painted by Jean Palcologue)
- In 1921 Jose Clemente Oroszco painted the mural "omniscencia" at the rest of the stairs.
Address: Calle Madero 4, at Callejón de la Condesa, Mexico
Museum, Central Patio
Designed in 1963 by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez. opened in 1964 by President Adolfo Lopez Mateos. In the middle of the exhibition halls there's a patio with a pond and some Fish and turtles. There's also a huge fountain that looks like a pilar, or a Pilar that is also a fountain, it's beautiful. Some of the exibitions halls have also a patio where you can find recontructions of temples and other arqueological representation, very interesting.
Directions: Av. Paseo de la Reforma and calzada Gandhi
The most visited museum in México city. The best place to discover the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec and Zapotec culture and much more. It's a huge museum, I haven't visited all yet. The signage is both in Spanish and English, but having some prior knowledge of the mexican cultures or civilization it will make your journey easier. There's so much to see and all is presented in a very careful and beautiful way. It's really worth a visit.
Some pieces are so interesting that you have to look beyond, in the photo4 you will find a piece that is a Jaguar costume, if you look close in the mouth of the costume you can find that there's a human figure inside. It make me Wooow!!!! amazing! this was my favorite piece. The photo 5 is the god of Fire, I really like the presentation of this piece.
Directions: Av. Paseo de la Reforma and calzada Gandhi
Once that the Spanish Conquers destroy the Aztec temples, Hernán Cortez order the construction of Catholic Church at the same spot. The cathedral was built with the stones of the destroyed Aztec temples.
It was constructed in the Spanish Baroque style of architecture and hold 18 bells.It has a side chapel, the Sagrario Metropolitano (1749-69), is the greatest triumph of the Mexican Churrigueresque style. The new cathedral was consecrated in 1667, but the final elements — bell towers and central dome designed by the Spanish neoclassical architect Manuel Tolsá — were finished in 1813.
The soft clay subsoil beneath Mexico City, which was originally built on a lake bed, has caused the sinking of many of the buildings in Mexico City's historic centre. Underground tunnels to stabilize the cathedral have prevented its collapse and have stabilized the uneven inclination of its sinking.
Directions: Located in Mexico City's central square, the Zócalo (Constitution Square).
At chapultepec Castle
The Castillo de Chapultepec ("Castle of Chapultepec") is a castle built on top of Chapultepec Hill (Chapultepec came from the Náhuatl and means "grasshopper hill").
The castle is located in the middle of Chapultepec Park in Mexico City at a height of 2,325 meters above sea level. The building has been used for several purposes during its history, including Military Academy, Imperial and Presidential residence, observatory and museum. It currently houses the Mexican National Museum of History since 1864. It is the only castle in North America that was occupied by European sovereigns.
the construction was ordered by Viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez in 1785. Francisco Bambitelli, Lieutenant Colonel of the Spanish Army and engineer drew up the blueprint and began the construction on August 16 of the same year following a baroque style.
During the Mexican War of Independence (1810 – 1821) the building was abandoned for many years, until 1833. On that year the building was decreed to become the location of the Colegio Militar (Military Academy)
The palace started to acquire its modern look during the Second Mexican Empire, when Mexican Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his wife Empress Carlota established their Imperial residence there in 1864. The Emperor hired several European and Mexican architects. the Emperor brought from Europe several pieces of furniture, art and many other fine household items that are still exhibited to this day.
Since 1882 the building became the presidencial residence,until 1939 when President Lázaro Cárdenas decreed a law that established Chapultepec Castle as the seat of the National Museum of History (Museo Nacional de Historia) with the collections of the former National Museum of Archaeology, History and Ethnography. The museum was opened on September 27, 1944. President Cárdenas moved the official Mexican presidential residence to Los Pinos, and never lived in Chapultepec Castle.
*Look at my other photos of the interior of the Castle*
Monument to "Niños Heroes"
El castillo de chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle) is also famous for the history/ leyend of Los Niños Héroes (the "Boy Heroes" or "Heroic Cadets") were six teenage military cadets died defending Mexico at Mexico City's Chapultepec Castle (serving as the Mexican army's military academy) from invading U.S. forces in the 13 September 1847 Battle of Chapultepec.
Their commanders, had ordered them to fall back from Chapultepec but the cadets did not; instead, they resisted the invaders until they were killed, with popular legend maintaining that the last survivor leapt from Chapultepec Castle wrapped in the Mexican flag to prevent it from being taken by the enemy.The cadets are honored by an imposing monument at the entrance to Chapultepec Park.
The Niños Héroes were:Juan de la Barrera, Juan Escutia, Francisco Márquez, Agustín Melgar, Fernando Montes de Oca, Vicente Suárez.
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