"Mexican people erects this monument to honour the admirable cultures that flourished during pre Columbian times in regions which are now Mexican territory. Facing the testimonies of those cultures, the modern Mexico pays homage to the Indigenous Mexico, in whose example; the features of national originality are recognized"
With these words, President Adolfo López Mateos inaugurated in 1964 a place dedicated to register, preserve, restore and exhibit the archaeological and ethnographical collections from the country. It is considered the largest museum in Latin America and one of the most important works within worldwide museography.
Founded in 1981 in Mexico City, the Rufino Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum carries out innovative exhibitions of international contemporary art in addition to exhibiting its own collection formed by its founders and includes important pieces from the second half of the 20th century to today.
His mission is the display and spread of the most outstanding pieces of plastic art as well as international contemporary art expressions. Its task is to show modern art to generate new experiences, knowledge and analysis on national and international cultural diversity of our time.
Phone: 5286 6519
The University Museum of Contemporary Art (known in Mexico as MUAC for its acronym in Spanish) of the UNAM is part of the University Cultural Center, a space where are located other buildings dedicated to music and dance performances, theater, cinema and a library.
In its 14 halls are exhibited representative works of different artistic movements raised in Mexico since the second half of the 20th century until our days.
The MUAC has a multimedia library, a photographic library, a lecture hall, an auditorium, workshops, warehouses, information centers and a restaurant, among other public services.
Established in the surroundings of the Chapultepec Park in 1964, exhibits, in its wide spaces, representative works of Mexican artists from the first half of the 20th century such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gerardo Murillo, Dr. Atl, Rodríguez Lozano and Leonora Carrington, among others. There is also a selection of paintings and sculptures done by artists from the second half of the same century; among these we find Manuel Felguérez, Lilia Carrillo, Francisco Toledo, Remedios Varo and Gelsen Gas. The famous painting “Las dos Fridas” (The Two Fridas) is part of its collection.
When one looks in detail the work of Frida Kahlo, and has the privilege of knowing her home, discovers the intense relationship between Frida, her work, and her home. Her creative universe lies in the Blue House, the place where she was born and died. Although, when she was married to Diego Rivera and lived in different places in Mexico City and abroad, Frida always returned to her house in Coyoacan.
“The house, painted in blue inside and outside, seems to shelter a piece of the sky”. The poet Carlos Pellicer about the Blue House.
This place houses the art collection donated by its founder. Among which there are 148 pieces by Diego Rivera, 26 by Frida Kahlo, this being the largest collection of both artists in one place. There are also 40 engravings by Angelina Beloff; more than 3 thousand pieces of popular art; 900 pieces of pre-Hispanic art and 11 wooden sculptures from the 17th century.
Surrounded by lovely gardens that include a wide variety of Mexican plants and animals, among them peacocks and xoloitzcuintle dogs, this museum is dedicated to praise Mexicanity. It offers activities for the whole family and temporary exhibits that show national as well as international artistic and cultural expressions.
The museum features Mexican artists such as Gabriel Orozco and Carlos Amorales and international artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean. The museum plans to host at least six exhibitions per year and regularly rotate works from its permanent collection.
The building was designed by David Chipperfield Architects and has a distinctive sawtooth form. It forms part of the mixed-use development Plaza Carso which also includes the Teatro Cervantes, the Soumaya Museum; a shopping mall and much more. In five floors, its 17,000 square feet of gallery space includes sky-lighted rooms for the permanent collection at the top and special exhibitions one level down.
Considered one of the most complete of its kind, has a collection of over 66,000 pieces of art. The majority of the art consists of European works from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
The museum contains the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic and colonial era coins.
It also holds the largest collection of casts of sculptures by Auguste Rodin outside of France and some notable European artists whose work is displayed include Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, the circle of Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joan Miró, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, El Greco, and Tintoretto.