Museo Soumaya

museo-soumaya-1Mexico City is home of one of the most stunning new museums opened since 2010. Although information about the museum is only available in Spanish via the institution’s website, the architecture of the museum merits it a special page in my blog.

From Wikipedia: The Museo Soumaya is a private museum in the Nuevo Polanco area of Mexico City. Admission to the museum is free. It is owned by the Carlos Slim Foundation and contains the extensive art, religious relics, historical documents, and coin collection of Carlos Slim and his late wife Soumaya, after whom the museum was named.

The museum holds works by many of the best known European artists from the 15th to the 20th century. It contains a large collection of casts of sculptures by Auguste Rodin.

The museum was founded in 1994.  In 2011 it opened a new location which cost over $70 million to build. The new building, a shiny silver cloud-like structure reminiscent of a Rodin sculpture,was designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero, who is married to a daughter of Carlos Slim, and engineered with Ove Arup and Frank Gehry.

WEBSITE (in Spanish ONLY)

FACEBOOK (no page available)

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