Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez Medellin Colombia Best Museum

I visited Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in Medellin December 2012 during my second solo trip to Colombia. Visiting the museum on your own can feel a bit daunting. I mentioned the museum in my post The Kindness of Strangers a few days ago.

Getting off the subway station at Universidad station I walked to the Aranjuez neighborhood. I didn’t see any other tourists in this area. Unfamiliar places can sometimes seem unsafe or unwelcoming at first.

Walking around each corner expecting to see the museum I kept asking people “Museo Gomez”? and they would smile and nod, pointing the way. These small interactions with the locals helped me feel at ease.

Walking to the museum you will see several depictions of Pedro Nel Gomez paintings, recreated in tile.

 

Tile reproduction of Pedro Ned Gomez painting in Aranjuez neighborhood Medellin Colombia

Tile reproduction of Pedro Ned Gomez painting in Aranjuez neighborhood Medellin Colombia

 

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. Speaking of favorites, Medellin is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world.

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. Later he 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

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 Gomez located in Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

 

 

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

Art studio of Pedro Nel Gomez with painting on easel

 

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

Painting titled 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 by Pedro Nel Gomez

 

 

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

Boy seated at a table by Pedro Mel Gomez

 

The courtyard walls are adorned with murals.

 

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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.

 

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez - Medellin Colombia

Courtyard mural at Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez

 

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

Children playing piano and cello by Pedro Nel Gomez

 

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

 


Visitor info 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 October 2018): FREE
How to Get There: Metro: Universidad and 5-10 minute walk

 


 

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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