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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the exhibit Los Espias del Cosmos featuring the artists Patricia Soriano, Cisco Jimenez, and Helio Montiel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Art, cake, and coffee – what more do you need?!
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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)