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Palacio Nacional

At over two hundred meters long, the baroque facade of the Palacio Nacional stretches impressively along the entire eastern edge of the Zócalo. It is from the main balcony of this august building that the president shouts the “Grito de Dolores” on the eve of Mexican Independence to the tens of thousands of people crowded [...]

Authentic Frida?

Frida Kahlo could be a scandalous woman during her life, and it seems that now, even decades after her death, a new scandal swirls around a collection of objects that may have been hers. The objects are interesting–or innocuous–enough: sketches, private letters, and clothing, but the question is whether this collection of over 1200 objects, [...]

Tamara de Lempicka at the Fine Arts Museum

Macha Mexico has been neglecting this exhibit for no reason, but fortunately it’s still time to go. Tamara de Lempicka was a talented Russian painter from the 1930′s, who rubbed elbows with Josephine Baker, Amedeo Modigliani, and Diego Rivera, among others. So there couldn’t be a better place for this exhibit than the building of [...]

Chasing Frida in Mexico City

A couple of years ago the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City opened a major exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s works, photographs, and personal letters to celebrate her 100th birthday. Hordes of people lined up outside the building, waiting more than an hour to see Kahlo’s works, which were gathered together in Mexican territory for the first [...]

Ciudad Universitaria

CU or Ciudad Universitaria, the gigantic campus of the UNAM, is divided into two areas: The first one, closer to Insurgentes Avenue, consists of the most representative buildings of the campus: the Jardin Botánico (Botanic Garden), the Olympic Stadium, decorated by Diego Rivera’s murals, the Torre de Rectoría (decorated with a three-dimensional mural by David [...]

Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Museum

I did not make it to Diego Rivera’s pre-Hispanic art museum Anahuacalli on my first, second, or third trip to Mexico City. Like the Cloisters museum in New York, often passed over by non-medievalists in favor of the better known cousin, the Metropolitan Museum, Anahuacalli’s relatively inconvenient location and decidedly non-contemporary focus mean visitors will [...]