MEXICO – MUSEUMS AND MORE

Feb 27, 2014by tracey Comments

Today is our last day. We are going to hit a few more museums, do some walking, Glenn has a final meeting and we head back tomorrow. It’s been a great trip. We’ve been here five days, no bouncing from city to city.

The Museo Antropologia is a hit. The most visited museum in Mexico and  the best museum of its kind I have been to. The internet claims the Cairo Museum is better, but it’s dark and unorganized. This is perfectly displayed and an architectrual joy. We loved every second of it.

The new Jumex Museum, which is getting  a ton of press in the States and in the art world opened a month or so ago. It is the collection of one of the heirs of the Jumex Juice fortune. They have built a new building right across from former richest man in the world Carlos Slim’s Soumaya ( looks like a UFO) Museum.  The only problem is yesterday when we arrived, the permanent collection is not up. Though they advertise that it is.  They dont’ charge much to get in so you don’t feel ripped off  like you might in the states. But when you try and talk logic, as in why would you advertise if it’s not here? The nice guy who speaks as much English was we do Spanish just smiles. So what do you do? You just go with it.

Carlos Slim’s Soumaya is a sight to see.  The vastness of the space and the collection is impressive for its grasp, though not for its vision. It feels like a museum without a goal other than gathering everything he could find. As Glenn said, “Someone has to buy all the second rate work by the top rate artists.” It is that.  But worth paying a visit if you get here.

There are things here that get to you. It’s a big, vibrant muscular city – all the things we love.  The traffic is a nightmare. Locals try and keep their lives localized. They are always advising stay in on part of town each day or you spend half your time on the clogged arteries of the city. We tend not to do that.  The pollution is unbearable at times. Day before yesterday between the altitude and the pollution I felt weird all day. There is sometimes a laziness in the shops and attitude that can drive a type A New Yorker mad.  I was in a store yesterday and I found a pair of earrings I liked. They did not have backs on them. So, I asked the guy, in my non existent Spanish, where they were. The backs did not exist either. I had the most disjointed conversation with him, where I got my point across, how do you sell earrings without backs. And these had odd shaped prongs, you couldn’t just go home and yank a set off some you had. Long boring story -short – not sure why I am even sharing it, he didn’t care. He didn’t have them. I walked out. But these are tiny things, in a city with so much going on, so many kind people and so many wonderful sights to see, smells to smell, foods to eat and experiences to be had

It is a wonderful place to spend four or five days.  I never really thought I wanted to come here.And now I am truly happy we have.

Museo  Soumaya coming in for a landing.
Museo Soumaya coming in for a landing.
Another view.
Another view.

 

It's big. It's packed to the rafters with art. Some of it good. Some of it second rate.
It’s big. It’s packed to the rafters with art. Some of it good. Some of it second rate.
If you can afford A Thinker, you buy a thinker.  The Mexican Collection is the best of the lot.
If you can afford A Thinker, you buy a thinker. The Mexican Collection is the best of the lot.
The top floor is full of his sculpture collection. Some good pieces in there.
The top floor is full of his sculpture collection. Some good pieces in there.

 

Floor after floor. From Rodin to Japanese ivoires with Old Masters in between. He's got it all.
Floor after floor. From Rodin to Japanese ivoires with Old Masters in between. He’s got it all.
I liked the ladies room.
I liked the ladies room. You can see he spared no expense.
Museuo Jumex. Should be open soon.
Museuo Jumex. Should be really open soon.

 

John.....
One small room with show by James Lee Byar that originated at PS1
Anthropology Museum
Anthropology Museum
Most amazing courtyard. Apparently, the Mayor holds press conferences there.
Most amazing courtyard. Apparently, the Mayor holds press conferences there.
You get a sense of the scope of it from this. It is well done as there are not endless rooms, six that cover it all.
You get a sense of the scope of it from this. It is well done as there are not endless rooms, six that cover it all.

 

Mexico's most famous archaeological piece, Sun Stone which was discovered in the main square of Mexico City in  1790. Dates back to the Aztecs.
Mexico’s most famous archaeological piece, Sun Stone which was discovered in the main square of Mexico City in 1790. Dates back to the Aztecs.
Mask carved from volcanic stone covered in turquoise. Dates back to 650 AD.
Mask carved from volcanic stone covered in turquoise. Dates back to 650 AD.

 

I don't know what these are but I like the photo.
I don’t know what these are but I like the photo.
The Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl. A fiber glass replica of what originally existed.
The Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl. A fiber glass replica of what originally existed.

 

Post Office
Post Office
Details in Post Office
Details in Post Office
Inside of the Opera House. It was closed when we got there.
Inside of the Opera House. It was closed when we got there.
Murals in the Opera House.
Murals in the Opera House.