Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez – Medellin Colombia

I visited Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in December 2012 during my second trip to Colombia. I mentioned the museum in my post The Kindness of Strangers a few days ago.

The museum was my favorite in Medellin, although on a different day I may say that Museo de Antioquia was my favorite! I fall in love with art work quite easily so I cannot be blamed for being fickle with my favorites.

Pedro Nel Gomez (1889 – 1984) was a Colombian scholar and artist best known for his murals. He studied engineering and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering but later traveled to Italy and studied art in Florence where he met Giuliana Scalaberni whom he married and had a family of eight children.

 

Large paintings at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in Medellin Colombia

Paintings at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in Medellin Colombia

 

Returning to Medellin in 1930 Pedro Nel Gomez was very involved in the arts as well as urban planning. He founded the School of Architecture at the National University.

 

Photo of mural La Republica by Pedro Nel Gomez - Medellin Colombia - Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

Photo of mural La Republica at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in Medellin Colombia

 

The murals of Pedro Nel Gomez focused on social issues and culture with titles such as Unemployed, Critical Moments of the Nation, Migratory Forces, The Republica, and Work and Motherhood.

 

Art studio of Pedro Nel Gomez featuring a large mural - Medellin Colombia

Art studio of Pedro Nel Gome – Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomezz

 

 

Pedro Nel Gomez - the artist's studio, detail image of painting on an easel with painting supplies in dsiplay case - Medellin Colombia

Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez – studio detail

 

The Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gómez was established in 1975 by the Gomez family to preserve the cultural heritage and art work of Pedro Nel Gomez who donated his studio and house to the city of Medellin for the purpose of using it as a museum. He continued to live and work in the house until his death in 1984.

 

Esposos en la Ventana (Spouses in the window) Medellin Colombia

Esposos en la Ventana (Spouses in the window)

 

The museum contains a large collection of original works by Pedro Nel Gomez including paintings and sculptures.

 

Mother and infant painting by Pedro Nel Gomez of Medellin Colombia

Mother and infant

 

 

Painting by Pedro Nel Gomez - boy seated at a table - Medellin Colombia

Boy seated at a table

 

The courtyard walls are adorned with murals.

 

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in Medellin Colombia

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

 

 

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez 

 

 

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez - Medellin Colombia

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

 

 

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez - Medellin Colombia

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

 

In his work I see a man who had a deep appreciation for family and many of his paintings depict daily activities such as swimming, playing music, children drawing, etc.

 

Children playing piano and cello - Pedro Nel Gomez - Medellin Colombia

Children playing piano and cello

 

A page from his diary shows a sketch of his wife Juliana eating a plate of oranges late in the night and his notes about the scene.

 

Sketch and diary notes of Pedro Nel Gomez - Medellin Colombia

Sketch and diary notes of Pedro Nel Gomez

 

 

Pedro Nel Gomez painting of his wife Juliana eating oranges - Medellin Colombia

Pedro Nel Gomez painting of his wife Juliana eating oranges

 

The museum also offers painting classes to children and adults. Below are works by Samuel Antonio Gil Arboleda (left) and Dorian Zapata (right).

 

Student work on display at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez - Medellin Colombia

Student work on display at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

 


How to get to Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez:

Address: Carrera 51B No. 85-24, Aranjuez neighborhood, Medellín
Phone Number: +57 4 444 2633
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM, closed on Sundays
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): FREE
How to Get There: Metro: Universidad and 5-10 minute walk


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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