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Museum of Modern Art Mexico City in Chapultepec Park

My first full day in Mexico City I chose to visit Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) located at Chapultepec Park. Mainly I wanted to see Frida Kahlo’s famous painting Las dos Fridas but I knew there would be other great artwork at the museum. There is also a cool outdoor sculpture garden and a cafe. For any art lover the Museum of Modern Art is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon in Mexico City.

I walked from my apartment in nearby La Condesa neighborhood. Spending the Thanksgiving week in Mexico City was a good choice. As an art lover I couldn’t be happier, there are many quality art museums in Mexico City. Modern art is a favorite of mine even though I can’t fully explain why I enjoy looking at some of the art works.

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. 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.

Frida Kahlo’s famous painting Las dos Fridas

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

Detail of Las dos Fridas 1939 painting by Frida Kahlo at Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City

Modern art is something I seek out in every city that I visit and 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.

Even if you don’t want to see the art work it is worth a visit to see the grand architecture of the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Los Espias del Cosmos exhibit

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 is 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

Outdoor sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art

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

Cafe at Museum of Modern Art Mexico City

All the walking left me feeling hungry so I stopped in at the café on the grounds of the Museo de Arte Moderno.

There is indoor and outdoor seating at the cafe and if the weather is nice you will want to sit outside with a view of the sculpture garden.

I 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?!


Museum of Modern Art Mexico City info

Contact information

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 Museum of Modern Art Mexico City

Tuesday – Sunday 10:15 am – 5:30 pm (closed Mondays)

Admission Cost

  • 70 pesos
  • FREE to students and teachers (with ID showing credentials) and INAPAM – Mexico’s senior discount ID card (Instituto Nacional para las Personas Adultas Mayores)
  • FREE entrance on Sundays to everyone

Tours

Guided visits for the general public offered Tuesday – Friday at 11AM and 12PM

How to Get There

Metro: Chapulpetepec (Line 1) pink or Auditorium (Line 7) orange

Ecobici bicycle rental in Mexico City is a great way to get around for short trips


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Suzanne Stavert

Thursday 26th of February 2015

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

Friday 27th of February 2015

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 :)

Sue Reddel

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

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!

Susan Moore

Friday 27th of February 2015

Sue, I think you will fall in love with Mexico City, there are so many great art museums and historical sites. I think the tiramisu is a very nice incentive too!

Suzanne Fluhr

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

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

Friday 27th of February 2015

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.

The GypsyNesters

Monday 23rd of February 2015

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

Susan Moore

Friday 27th of February 2015

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did - what a grand city with many incredible museums.

Linda ~ Journey Jottings

Monday 23rd of February 2015

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

Friday 27th of February 2015

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.

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