Contemporary Art in Mexico City – Museum of Modern Art

My first full day in Mexico City I chose to visit Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art) located at Chapultepec Park. I walked from my Airbnb apartment in nearby La Condesa neighborhood. Spending the Thanksgiving week in Mexico City was a good choice. The weather cooperated with my plans for spending much of my time walking around the city. The skies were clear most days, not a drop of rain during the whole eight days I enjoyed on my first solo trip to Mexico City.

The walk to Chapultepec park was pleasant and I was greeted at the entrance by the squirrels – they are a playful bunch. I entered the park from the south and walked up towards the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno - 50 años obras exhibit featuring 50 artists - for the 50 years the museum has been open

Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno – 50 años obras exhibit featuring artists from 50 years

 

Museo de Arte Moderno was celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014 and one of the delightful exhibits – 50 años obras – featured artists from the 5 decades of its existence. It was set up as if the artists were all seated around the viewer as they walked around the room.

 

One of the most popular paintings at the Museo de Arte Moderno is Frida Kahlo’s famous painting Las dos Fridas. I adore Frida Kahlo. What a life she lived. There was much pain in Frida Kahlo’s life, both physical and emotional, and she expressed it through her art work. If you are a Frida Kahlo fan I highly recommend visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City.

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - Las dos Fridas by Frida Kahlo 1939

Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno detail of Las dos Fridas 1939 painting by Frida Kahlo

 

Modern art is something I seek out in every city that I visit – Mexico City is an art lover’s paradise. There is plenty of public art and such an abundance of art museums that I only visited a fraction of them. I will have to return to explore more of Mexico City’s vibrant art scene.

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - visit Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno - in this photo Los Espias del Cosmos exhibit sign

Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno – Los Espias del Cosmos exhibit

 

I enjoyed the exhibit Los Espias del Cosmos featuring the artists Patricia Soriano, Cisco Jimenez, and Helio Montiel.

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - Museum of Modern Art - Cisco Jimenez - Codice Chafamex 1996

Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno Cisco Jimenez – Codice Chafamex 1996

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - Blanca Nieves madreada by Cisco Jimenez - on display at Museo de Arte Moderno

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Cisco Jimenez – Blanca Nieves madreada

 

I believe art is for the viewer to interpret individually and while I cannot fully explain why I like certain works of art, I know I enjoy the experience of viewing the work. There are paintings and sculptures at the Blanton Museum in Austin Texas that I visit on a regular basis – still couldn’t tell you what they are about or why I love them (Rothko for example) but I am attracted to contemporary art more so than the masters. The contemporary art in Mexico City was impressive.

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - I recommend Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art) in Chapultepec Park - this photo features a painting by Patricia Soriano titled Kali. Madonna

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Patricia Soriano – Kali.Madonna

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - visit Museo de Arte Moderno in Chapultepec Park - several art museums nearby - this photo: Los Ninos Heroes del Cartel by artist Patricia Soriano

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Patricia Soriano – Los Ninos Heroes del Cartel

 

Some of the art work is whimsical while other pieces evoke deep emotion and make a strong statements about the political climate or living conditions of the regular folks just trying to live and get by.

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - visit  Mueso de Arte Moderno - this photo features a painting by artist Helio Montiel title Frutas

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Helio Montiel – Frutas

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - painting by artist Helio Montiel - El Pisto

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Helio Montiel – El Pisto

 

The outdoor sculpture gallery features more contemporary art my Latin American artists. I recommend a stroll around the grounds to view the artwork of the outdoor gallery.

 

Contemporary art in Mexico City - outdoor sculpture gallery at the Museo de Arte Moderno - Salvador Manzano - Oscilacion tangencial

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Salvador Manzano – Oscilacion tangencial

 

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Manuel Felquerez - El barco Mexico

Mexico City Mueso de Arte Moderno Manuel Felquerez – El barco Mexico

 

All the walking left me feeling hungry so I stopped in at the café on the grounds of the Museo de Arte Moderno and enjoyed the best tiramisu ever, along with a cappuccino and I was ready for more walking in marvelous Mexico City.

 

Take a break from the contemporary art in Mexico City to enjoy some tiramisu at  Via Corta Cafe de Autor - Museo de Arte Moderno

Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno Via Corta Cafe de Autor – tiramisu

 

Art, cake, and coffee – what more do you need?!

For more information while planning your trip to Mexico City visit the website VisitMexicoCity.com

 


How to get to Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City:

Address: Paseo de la Reforma (nearest corner: Gandhi); located in the northeast section of the Bosque de Chapultepec
Phone Number: +52 55 5553 6233
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:15AM – 5:30PM (closed Mondays)
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): 26 pesos; free entrance on Sundays
Tours: Guided visits for the general public offered Tuesday – Friday at 11AM and 12PM
How to Get There: Metro: Chapulpetepec (Line 1)


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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  1. Donna Janke says:

    Art, cake and coffee – great combo. I like a lot of modern art, but not all. That being said, I enjoy going to modern art exhibits and this one looks well worth seeing.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Hi Donna, I hope you get to visit the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City some day soon. It is a fantastic museum and it is in a great setting as well. There are several museums in Chapultepec Park – one could spend several days exploring all there is to see there!

  2. This looks like such a wonderful museum. It’s on my list!!
    And the tiramisu must have been the icing on the cake :-)

    • Susan Moore says:

      Irene, LOL you couldn’t resist could you?! You can’t go wrong when you finish up with tiramisu :)
      I veer way off my normal healthy eating habits when I am traveling – I am pretty sure I walk it all off – that tiramisu was divine!

  3. Donna Meyer says:

    I adore Mexico City and its many art museums are one of the big reasons. And walking, just taking off and walking through the city for hours. That said, it is way too long since I have been there… hard to explain, even to myself, since I live only three hours away by bus. I think I need to move it up, way up, on the To-Do list. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Hi Donna, so glad you adore Mexico City too! With the great art, food, history, people, culture – it is an amazing city. Hop on that bus and enjoy some time well spent in Mexico City soon!

  4. I love art so this appeals to me a lot. I have yet to go there but probably will need to

  5. Shelley says:

    The Museo de Arte Moderno looks like a great place for contemporary art with a Mexican flavor. I would also enjoy seeing Frida Kahlo’s art. The tiramisu looks yummy too!

  6. Carol says:

    OMG totally missed this one when we were right on Chapultepec Hill in 2009! Frida Kahlo is one of my favorites. Tiramisu, on the other hand, is my husband’s so we would have both been happy!

  7. Thanks for sharing that fab Mexican art. They colors are so vivid and alive. I love the more whimsical paintings.

  8. What a great way to celebrate your first day in Mexico City! The museum appears to have a marvelous first-rate collection of contemporary genius. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I’ve missed visiting the Museo de Arte Moderno in Chapultepec Park, though I’ve been to the anthropology museum several times. It usually seems that I have time for only one. Thanks for taking me along vicariously. If you haven’t been, you might enjoy the Soumaya museum.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Hope you get to Museo de Arte Moderno next time around Carole. I also visited the Museum of Anthropology, and Rufino Tamayo Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum, Natural History Museum, and Palacio de Bella Artes. I couldn’t limit myself to just one! Thank you for the info about Soumaya Museum, I will add it to my list for next visit. There are so many great museums in Mexico City – it really is a city for Art Lovers!

  10. If we could put into words how and why these painting speak to us, they’d be a book, not a painting LOL
    I’m like you – I love my soul replenishment dates at our local Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) here in Brisbane –
    As David Lynch said:
    “A lot more happens when you open yourself up to the work and let yourself act and react to it”.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Linda, thank you much for you comment. Good points you make about art appreciation – I love the quote from David Lynch. Much like I need my travel fix every now and then I also need my modern art fix – or as you put it, much more eloquently, “soul replenishment dates” – keeps me grounded.

  11. We haven’t been to Mexico City yet, but when we do go this will certainly be on our to do list. Thanks!

  12. I find I’m not that fond of much “modern” art, but there is plenty to do and see in Chapultepec Park. As someone else mentioned, the Museum of Anthropology there is one of Mexico ‘ s flagship museums and there were some great larger than life bronze sculptures along the road leading there. We also walked from Condesa.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Indeed Suzanne, there is something for everyone at Chapultepec Park in Mexico City – I visited all the museums there including the Museum of Anthropology. The walk from La Condesa is lovely, such a wonderful neighborhood.

  13. Sue Reddel says:

    Haven’t been to Mexico City but I absolutely love visiting art museums when we travel. And knowing that some delicious tiramisu is waiting to be enjoyed after the visit is extra incentive to get there. Thanks for sharing the photos too!

  14. I don’t have any plans in the near future to visit Mexico City, but I sure loved reading about the museum. And… you had me at Tiramisu. It was a gorgeous presentation.

    • Susan Moore says:

      Thank you Suzanne! Glad you enjoyed the post. It is nice we can travel vicariously through others via travel blogs. I will eat an extra tiramisu just for you next time I go to Mexico City :)

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