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.
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.
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.
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.
The museum contains a large collection of original works by Pedro Nel Gomez including paintings and sculptures.
The courtyard walls are adorned with murals.
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.
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.
The museum also offers painting classes to children and adults. Below are works by Samuel Antonio Gil Arboleda (left) and Dorian Zapata (right).
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