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Best Contemporary Art in Mexico City

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Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is distributed throughout two buildings, providing two entrances. One entrance is accessed off Reforma and the other is found near the Monumento a los Niños Héroes. A sense of calm imbues the well-lit spacious interior. The main hall exhibits a retrospective of the Mexican school of painting, where highlights include works by Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Francisco Toledo and Rufino Tamayo. There is a pleasant cafe, along with a bookshop and library. On weekdays, children under ten, students, teachers and senior citizens are admitted free. Sunday is free of charge.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Rufino Tamayo Museum

This dynamic cultural center, inaugurated in 1981, houses some of Rufino Tamayo's paintings; both his own works as well as from his collection, which he donated to the Mexican people. The interior space invites a leisurely stroll to admire paintings and sculptures from such internationally renowned artists as Dalí, Picasso, Magritte, Warhol, de Kooning, Moore and Miró. The museum often hosts concerts, theater and other activities. It has a cafeteria, bookshop and library.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Polifórum Cultural Siqueiros

If one of the main objectives of Mexican mural painting was to communicate its message to the people, via monumental works, there is no better example than that offered by this cultural centre. This twelve sided construction also contains a restaurant, piano bar, theatre and bookshop, and is covered inside and out by 8,000 square metres of mural images. Siqueiros has created here, a combined painting and sculpture entitled The March of Humanity, which invites the viewer on a journey from the beginnings of the human race up to the present. On the outside, there is a mixed-media relief mural that uses twelve panels to fuse ideas about humanity and nature.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Galeria de Arte Mexicano

The Galeria de Arte Mexicano was founded way back in 1935 and prides to be the first official gallery in Mexico City. popularly known as the GAM, the gallery is completely dedicated to the sale and promotion of art in every possible way and has played a pivotal role in numerous Mexican art movements. Following its age old tradition, it still continues to back many of the most important artists in Mexico. GAM has also published noteworthy books, which are available at the gallery bookstore. Galeria de Arte Mexicano features old and contemporary artists including Lilia Carrillo, Leonara Carrington and Pablo Amor to name a few.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Frida Kahlo Museum

A leafy enclave in Coyoacán preserves behind vivid blue walls the legacy of one of Mexico's most iconic artists, Frida Kahlo. Known as the iconic Casa Azul, or Blue House, the Museo Frida Kahlo was the birthplace of the enigmatic painter Frida Kahlo, who also occasionally lived here with her husband Diego Rivera. One of Mexico city's most recognized attractions, the house contains everything from her personal belongings such as jewelry, and unfinished canvases propped on easels, to her traditional tehuana dresses. The museum is lavishly divided into ten rooms, each a splendid glimpse into the artist's extraordinary work and life. Each room takes one on a riveting journey of Kahlo's life that she shared with her artist husband Diego Riviera, from rooms that once rung with animated soirées hosted for their artist friends, to rooms that still hold regional handicrafts that adorned their home. Other exhibits include paper maché skeletons of Judas and pre-Hispanic objects, as well as Kahlo's wheelchair, on display in the studio where she once regularly painted. The house museum spills into a sun-drenched courtyard lined with trees, burning bright with an inspiring legacy left behind by one of the country's brightest and most creative minds.

Mexico City, Mexico
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