In 1904, the construction of the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) began on the remains of the Santa Isabel ... More
Palace of Fine Arts
In 1904, the construction of the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) began on the remains of the Santa Isabel convent. Porfirio Diaz had wanted to inaugurate it in 1911, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mexico's independence from Spain. However, the project, under the guidance of Italian architect Adamo Boari, suffered serious setbacks due to the instability of the ground that had been chosen for the building. Time passed, the revolution broke out, and in the end the palace was not completed until 1934, with architect Federico Mariscal heading the project. It is not strange, therefore, that the marble facade, built in a style between Neo-Classical and Art Nouveau, is contrasted by an interior that looks much more Art Deco in appearance. Art connoisseurs will certainly appreciate the museum's murals by Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco, Tamayo, and Montenegro, along with the glass Tiffany curtain, composed of almost a million individual pieces, on which Doctor Atl (a modern Mexican landscape painter) depicted the volcanoes of Mexico.
this place was amazing the coolest experences i've ever had. I LOVED IT, IT WAS SUPER COOL!!! the best part was arriving ever one there was so nice too. i had such a great time. but the wort part was leaving. i wanted to stay forever. but my parents wounldn't let me!
We came to Belles Artes for the 100 Years of Frida Kahlo exhibition. The museum was easy to get to by the TouriBus (red double decker tour buses - very cheap and easy way to see the city). The 15 min. wait to get in was a good time to photograph the gorgeous marble details and statuary surrounding the building.
Once inside, the deco marble entrance leads to the center. The stairs split to each side and you can look up and see three open floors. Murals by Diego Rivera, Siqueros and Orozco look down at you. You are allowed to photograph, but of course no flash.
It's ok to look at but avoid seeing the programs or having anyinteraction with the staff who are uniformly rude.
We went to pruchase tickets for the folk ballet. Although the sign says that you can pay for Visa you cannot unless you pay with a card issued by a Mexican bank. No problem we pay cash. Check are tickets and it is Thursday at 8:00.
We arrive Thursday at 7:45 and it turns out that that 8:00 is actually Spanish for 8:30 and the house wouldn't open until 8:15. My friend really need to restroom but there were none available until 8:15 so we had to run across the street to the Sanborns.
I've seen many talented Mexican dancers on the stage in NYC -- which, perhaps, explains why there were none left to appear on the stage in the folk ballet. It was the worst tourist trap performance I've seen in a while.
On a final note, as of May 2007, the murals were covered in plastic, so if you were looking to see those, don't bother.
Beautiful aberration of the architecture, the Palace proyects gargolytes and greek images in a same angle, mixturing the most antagonic styles whit absolut freedom but obtaining a very gorgeous result.
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