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Established in 1781 as the School of Engraving, the Academy of San Carlos is the one of the earliest built art academy and museum in Mexico City. Built in Baroque style, this institution is known to encourage art and has always engaged some of the best artists of Mexico. The place holds huge collection of periodic Greek, Roman and European art, and also exhibits works from artists around the world. The place is a must visit for every art lover!
This recent addition to the local museum scene has an important collection by the world-renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Copies of his famous works, such as The Kiss and The Thinker, can be found in an art exhibition unique in Latin America. Other nineteenth and twentieth century artists represented include Camille Claudel, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle and Honoré Daumier. There is also a display of objects from the Mexican colonial period, including ironwork, folding screens, quilts and examples of what are known as caste paintings, as well as an important collection of 18th and 19th century Mexican portraits. You can enjoy works by Juan Cordero, Hermenegildo Bustos and Miguel Cabrera who founded the Academy of Painting in 1753. The museum has its own shop, and is situated within the Plaza Loreto Shopping Center.
In 1966, the Mexican sculptress Geles Cabrera decided to create a museum of her own work in Coyoacán. The uneven terrain chosen was used to its best advantage to create an appropriate environment to exhibit the sculptures. And so for the first time in Mexico, an architectural form was fused with a sculptural presentation. A small bridge and other linking structures produce an effective ensemble in a space interspersed with sculptures, taking advantage of every angle and recess and creating an unique and enchanting environment. It is a fascinating experience to visit this museum, for you can actually touch the exhibits, feel their volume and integrate with the forms and dimensions all around you. The museum offers a concise history of the artistic evolution of Geles Cabrera, of her dominion of a subject which, according to her, still needs to be explored.